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First two days of Tribeca

As I write this, the Tribeca Film Festival in New York is winding down for another year. I’ve spent much of the past 10 days at this festival (which helps explain why I didn’t blog last week). A couple of weeks before each festival, I go through the list of films to work out which [...]

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Dumb Oscars Predictions

OK, it’s that time of year again. Just as people start buying newspapers again, thinking “You know, they’re actually rather useful,” they are suddenly filled with dopey speculation about who will win the Oscars. For years, comedians joked about how often the weatherman gets it wrong. Then it became clear that these guys were wizards [...]

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My Top Movies of 2011

Recently, someone was chatting with me about the movies of the past year, saying that he wished that I could write a summary of the best films of the year, because he had fond memories of me doing that back when I was a film reviewer. It was very kind of him to say this, [...]

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I still know what You did last Summer

27 Nov 1998 First thing’s first: The sequel to last year’s splatterfest I Know What You Did Last Summer has some effective moments of suspense, aided by a strong lead performance from Jennifer Love Hewitt, one of the few survivors of the original. There. I was always told that it was polite to start a [...]

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Great Expectations

28 Mar 1998 At first glance, Great Expectations might seem like an attempt to modernise Charles Dickens’ classic novel, just as William Shakespeare’s Romeo + Juliet gave street cred to the Bard in 1996. In truth, it has more in common with West Side Story, another Romeo and Juliet update. The story is still there, [...]

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Flight of the Phoenix

23 July 2005 “History never repeats,” sang Split Enz in 1981… and again last week, thereby suggesting that it wasn’t strictly true. History does repeat! As if further proof were needed, the 1965 matinee flick The Flight of the Phoenix has been remade. Even with all the unused scripts gathering dust in the studio vaults, [...]

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House of Wax

16 July 2005 When House of Wax was filming at the Gold Coast last year, actors Elisha Cuthbert (best-known for 24) and Chad Michael Murray (One Tree Hill) told me earnestly that this film provided a new, blindingly original angle to the slasher film genre. While I didn’t exactly believe them, they gave me reasonably [...]

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Fantastic Four

Fantastic Four, the latest movie based on Marvel Comics superheroes, was supposed to be made back in the eighties. Its delay was fortunate. It requires 21st-century visual effects technology to do justice to the superhuman powers and epic battles of these particular good guys. But the powers, strangely, are not so important. When writer Stan [...]

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Young Adam

9 July 2005 Ewan McGregor must have jumped at the chance to make Young Adam. After Down with Love and the Star Wars films, he doubtless wanted to remind audiences that, yes, he can still act. Young Adam gives us little opportunity to be distracted by his good looks or the glossy production. This is [...]

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Sin City

Of all the movies based on graphic novels, few have paid direct homage to the art form of the comic book. Ghost World, The Road to Perdition, even most superhero movies, stay relatively faithful to the storylines, but not to the visual style of the comics upon which they were based. For the unacquainted, graphic [...]

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