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Guilty Pleasures: After Earth

After Earth was almost universally derided as “the worst film of 2013” a vanity vehicle for Will Smith, or more precisely, his son Jaden, and a flat, empty spectacle, ploddingly directed by M. Night Shyamalan, thrown a bone by Smith after a string of self-created disappointments. Co-written by Gary Whitta, it seemingly follows computer game […]

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Guilty Pleasures: Tron Legacy

Joseph Kosinki’s second sci-fi film Oblivion, starring Tom Cruise, seems to be cementing his dubious reputation as a soulless director of empty, derivative spectacle. I disagree, and would like to take this opportunity to defend his enjoyable debut feature cyber-calling card, Tron Legacy. Admittedly, Tron: Legacy is a film of two halves. After going all out to entertain […]

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Guilty pleasures: Avatar

Make no mistake, 3D greatly enhanced the Avatar experience, but each subsequent viewing, even on the TV screen,  still succeeds in transporting me to the most incredibly realised alien world. Avatar is a romantic epic, an ecological action tale, where director James Cameron wears his conservationist streak not just on his sleeve, but spread all over the big […]

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Guilty Pleasures: The Losers

Based on a comic book for Vertigo, D.C’S “Mature” label, The Losers’  language and violence is toned downby director Sylvain White, but it still packs a peppy punch, with, guns, one–liners and good music galore from John Ottman (The Usual Suspects, X-Men 2). The black ops team are set up to eliminate a Bolivian drug lord […]

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Guilty Pleasures – Superman 3

Superman 3 is not a film about Superman. It’s a film about Gus Gorman. Gus is the everyman antithesis of Superman: nobody knows him, nobody cares about him, he has no confidence or awareness of what he’s good at, he can’t control his impulses which keep him from having a job or a social life, […]

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Guilty pleasures: The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen

The League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen is based on the comic book by Alan Moore (writer) and Kevin O’Neill (artist). Briefly, a team of literary heroes from well known works is assembled in a steampunk version of 1899 by “M”, head of Britain’s Secret Service. Their mission is to foil the dastardly machinations of The Fantom to provoke war among […]

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Guilty Pleasures: Purple Rain

George Orwell was wrong. 1984 wasn’t the year of Big Brother, it was the year of the little brother from Minneapolis, Prince. After the Talented One had been toiling in the trenches he hit the big time with Purple Rain. This ridiculous, pompous semi-biopic of the same name, despite lurching perilously close to bad, is a stunning showcase […]

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Guilty Pleasures: Billion Dollar Brain

    The third in moonlighting 007 producer Harry Saltzman’s “anti-Bond” series of cocky cockney Harry palmer films is actually the most Bond like, a wild, quirky international quest, brilliantly and bizarrely directed by enfant terrible, Ken Russell. Now is the  Midwinter of our discontent Russell was being given a lifeline by Saltzman and his […]

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Guilty Pleasures: Prometheus

“A king has his reign, then he dies. It’s inevitable.” It is undeniable that Prometheus has problems in the script department, that characters behave in odd ways and are sometimes the writers pawns, moved from point A to B to get to the next set piece. Even when one takes into account first draft scripter […]

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Guilty pleasures: Highlander

Highlander, one of Cannon films more genuinely entertaining films of the 1980’s, takes the Joseph Campbell hero myth and spins it in a dazzling, centuries spanning, rock video styled fantasy. A fantasy that culminates in a fin de siecle clash of Titans in a decadent, decayed, eighties New York. More bang for your buck than […]

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