Episode 63 : The Rejection of Floating Iguanas

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Added on Sat, 29 May 2010 07:27:52 -0700.
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The usual crew of miscreants return to cast the very wildest of aspersions on the delights of Prince of Persia: Sands of Time, Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans, The Losers and Robin Hood. Who will survive this critical armageddon?

Proving to be the only known video game adaptation that doesn't completely suck, Prince of Persia: Sands of Time sees Jake Gyllenhaal bouncing around in this acrobatic tentpole movie. Likeable performances help this truck along for a very enjoyable couple of hours, and while it's not a game-changer (arf!) it's a very decent big budget experience that should send all crowds home happy.

Upping the ante for crazy, Werner Herzog's Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans crosses a dirty cop based police procedural with a massive bag of crack to produce something that's utterly remarkable. By any conventional standard this is a pretty poor film, but it's so delightfully unconventional that to judge it by conventional standards makes little sense. Nic Cage's wild gurning and mugging makes this a baffling joy to watch.

With The A-Team just round the corner, The Losers appears to be positioning itself to steal its thunder. A black ops squad is betrayed by their puppetmaster and they seek revenge in this comic book adaptation. The plot's pretty generic but adequate enough to drive along the action, and there's enough slickness to the stylistics to make this an inoffensive waste of a few hours.

In what turns out to be a slightly duller, less impressive Gladiator variant, Russell Crowe steps into the tights of Robin Hood. There's nothing in here that's bad in any way, but it doesn't really impress on any level leaving the whole thing a touch flat. Not a terrible film by any stretch, but not really one that's worth blowing a tenner on watching.

That is all for now. We'll be back sometime soon, so until then keep your nose clean and if you can't be good, be lucky.