Episode 120 : Stuck in the Middle with Drew

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Our movie buffet reopens, serving a delicious smorgasbord of opinions on RoboCop, Lucy, Saving Mr. Banks, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, 47 Ronin, The Book Thief, The Lego Movie, Muppets Most Wanted, Ender's Game, Snowpiercer, Hector and the Search for Happiness and The Monuments Men. Tuck in.


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Sin City: A Dame to Kill For

There is nothing new under the sun.

A belated return to the violent Noir stylings of Rodrigeuz and Miller as we see another handful of stories from the criminal underbelly of Sin City - the only city that's entirely criminal underbelly. A mostly returning cast perform mostly similar roles in mostly similarly themed and graphically executed stories, with enough style to push it through a relatively weak narrative. Provides enough highspots to be an enjoyable enough watch, but it's not going to set anyone's world on fire.

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Olympus Has Fallen

Acceptable in the 80s.

When North Korean terrorists invade the White House and hold the President hostage there is only one man who can save the day. Unfortunately he's busy on another job right now, but he's sub-contracted it out to Gerard Butler so you're in safe hands. Right? Well yes, if for some reason you've been living in a bubble for the last quarter century. Olympus Has Fallen is lazy, unimaginative, by-the-numbers filmmaking that steadfastly refuses to believe we're living in the 21st century. Creationist action, if you will. Avoid.

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Pacific Rim

A rare del Toro disappointment.

Giant monsters from an inter-dimensional portal beneath the sea threaten mankind, and in response we...erm...build giant robots to kick their asses. Operated by pairs of mentally compatible pilots these "Jaegers" are mankind's last line of defense, but as the alien menace increases in intensity it seems as though we may be on the brink of extinction. Can a former pilot re-team with a raw recruit and drive an obsolete Jaeger to victory over the monster menace?

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Wake Wood

The woods have, er...awoken.

Reeling from the tragic death of their young daughter, a middle class couple attempt to put the past behind them by moving to a quiet country village where NO GOOD CAN POSSIBLY COME OF IT. Initially unsettling as the locals are, nothing can quite prepare vet Patrick and pharmacist Louise for Timothy Spall's offer of their daughter's resurrection, OF WHICH NO GOOD CAN POSSIBLY COME. Brushing aside the highly unlikely nature of Spall's offer, our protagonists accept the attached conditions in return for three more days with their darling girl, as you do. Mark my words, NO GOOD WILL COME OF IT.

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Hummingbird

Statham's best acting turn, but the shifting tones of this drama lets the side down.

Joey (Jason Statham) starts Hummingbird as a traumatised, perma-drunk ex-soldier homeless on the mean streets of London before seizing a chance to turn his life around, if by "turn around" you mean "work for the Triads". He uses his new position and earnings to help his estranged family and his friends on the street, leading to an unlikely romance with a nun that has little chance to go anywhere before Joey undertakes a quest of vengeance. There's a lot going on in Hummingbird, and some of it works at cross purposes to other things it's doing. It's trying to be all grim and gritty, but ruins that with enjoyable, but silly, Statham ass-kicking scenes and the tonal clash is quite grating. Dramatically, it has some fairly serious structural issues however the engine of Statham's personality does move everything along enjoyably enough to warrant a mild recommendation.

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Monday Edition, 8th July 2013

America celebrating their casting off of the loving yoke of British Imperialism brings a fortunate side effect to those rounding up film related news, inasmuch as there’s much less of it than usual. Check these out. The Beeb join ESPN in shelving their 3D services, which shouldn’t really come as a surprise. I can just […]

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Thursday Edition, 4th July 2013

So, this is Thursday. I hope it’s a good one. Let’s bust out the news cannon and fire a few salvos, shall we? If I note that the Guardian review of What Fresh Lunacy Is This? is tagged “Biography” and “Alcoholism”, is it naughty to automatically think of Oliver Reed? Well, it sounds like a […]

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Monday Edition, 1st July 2013

Welcome back from the weekend. We’re very sorry that it had to end, but that’s the downside of linear time. Let’s ameliorate the terrible pain by looking at the film news you may have missed while out painting the town red, fiddling on the roof or slapdangling your winklepickers. It’s hard not to take issue […]

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Thursday Edition, 27th June 2013

Well, we’re approaching that magical time of the month known as “payday”, the happiest day of them all! Meaning I can again afford trivialities such as food and petrol. Swish. What better to tide us over to midnight than a look-see at the latest film news. Good news everyone! Annie has a leading lady! What […]

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Monday Edition, 24th June 2013

Seems like, puzzlingly, Jim Carrey’s taking a deal of flak for changing his mind on violence in films, referring to Kick-Ass 2 in this instance. My mind, it boggles. I don’t think I’d heard about the first Bad Ass, let alone a sequel in which Danny Glover is too old for this shit, but both […]

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Thursday Edition, 20th June 2013

Remember, fact times importance equals news, and this? This is the news. The saddest film-related news of the week must be the death of James Gandolfini, star of The Sopranos, In The Loop, True Romance and a bunch of other great works. Not a bad body of work at all for someone coming late to […]

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Monday Edition, 17th June 2013

It’s Monday, so you know the drill. Time to open a campaign of truth bombing on the news and rumours that have leaked out over the weekend and see what collateral damage we can amass. It looks like Sony are pretty confident that the rebooted Spider-Man has legs, given that they’ve announced release dates for […]

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Thursday Edition, 13th June 2013

Let’s see what untold delights this post season 3 Game of Thrones has left for us since last we gathered. Hot on the news that Superman of Steel is on the fast-track for a sequel, there’s this interview with director Zack Snyder to get your head around. Some of the Cloud Atlas team, which admittedly […]

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