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Spotlight On…Recent Viewings 8

Posted by David On December 29, 2012 ADD COMMENTS

Since I hadn’t done one of these posts in awhile, my last Spotlight On (#7) was actually films that I’d seen some time ago. This batch are ones that I’ve watched more recently 🙂


Released: 2012

Directed by: Ben Affleck

Written by: Chris Terrio (screenplay), Joshuah Bearman (article)

Starring: Ben Affleck, Bryan Cranston & John Goodman

Plot: A dramatization of the 1979-1980 joint CIA-Canadian secret operation to extract six fugitive American diplomatic personnel out of revolutionary Iran.

For: Very well directed. Affleck is a far better director than he is an actor / The Argo read through is awesome, I would love to see this actually get made (but of course it wont) / Mark steps up to the plate at the airport / Alan Arkin is awesome (as always)

Against: Not as gripping as I expected. It is entertaining but could have been so much more. For example, instead of chasing the plane down at the airport (which apparently never happened) why not just radio the plane from the tower and demand that they not take off?

Favourite Scene: The Argo read through, and every scene with Arkin.

Rating: 4 Lukes


Popcorn Junkie…Recent Viewings 7

Posted by David On December 27, 2012 ADD COMMENTS

Silent House

Released: 2011

Directed by: Chris Kentis & Laura Lau

Written by: Gustavo Hernández (original film story), Laura Lau (remake screenplay)

Starring: Elizabeth Olsen, Adam Trese and Eric Sheffer

Plot: Sarah, her father and her uncle are getting their lakeside retreat ready for sale. But things take an ominous turn and Sarah finds she is unable to contact the outside world as events become increasingly freaky in and around the house.

For: A couple of scenes are well done / Elizabeth is great as always

Against: Very predictable, her father is practically drooling everytime he looks at her / 2 Directors, never a good sign! / Not even slightly scary

Favourite Scene: Sarah uses the flash to see.

Rating: 1 Luke


Spotlight On…Recent Viewings 6

Posted by David On September 16, 2012 ADD COMMENTS

The Dictator

Released: 2012

Directed by: Larry Charles

Written by: Sacha Baron Cohen, Alec Berg

Starring: Sacha Baron Cohen, Anna Faris and Ben Kingsley

Plot: The heroic story of a dictator who risks his life to ensure that democracy would never come to the country he so lovingly oppressed.

For: Some scenes quite funny

Against: Faris is wasted / Most of it is not funny / Not as good as Borat, but better than Bruno

Favourite Scene: Most of the scenes dealing with life in Wadiya

Rating: 1.5 Lukes

The Raid: Redemption

Released: 2011

Directed by: Gareth Evans

Written by: Gareth Evans

Starring: Iko Uwais, Ananda George and Ray Sahetapy

Plot: A SWAT team becomes trapped in a tenement run by a ruthless mobster and his army of killers and thugs.

For: Insanely cool action sequences / Over the top violence

Against: Not as much fun as I thought its would be / Some of the fight scenes go on a little long

Favourite Scene: Everything from when the alarm is triggered to cutting a whole in the floor to escape

Rating: 4 Lukes

The Raven

Released: 2012

Directed by: James McTeigue

Written by: Ben Livingston (screenplay), Hannah Shakespeare (screenplay)

Starring: John Cusack, Alice Eve and Luke Evans

Plot: When a madman begins committing horrific murders inspired by Edgar Allan Poe’s works, a young Baltimore detective joins forces with Poe to stop him from making his stories a reality.

For: Interesting idea

Against: Boring / Cusak is phoning it in / Evans tries hard but just can’t pull it off (I like him though) / Predictable / Terrible ending

Favourite Scene: The Pendulum

Rating: 0.5 Lukes


Spotlight On…Recent Viewings 5

Posted by David On August 12, 2012 ADD COMMENTS

The Woman in Black

Released: 2012

Directed by: James Watkins

Written by: Susan Hill (novel), Jane Goldman (screenplay)

Starring: Daniel Radcliffe, Janet McTeer and Ciarán Hinds

Plot: A recently widowed young lawyer travels to a remote village where he discovers the vengeful ghost of a scorned woman is terrorizing the locals by murdering their children.

For: A welcome addition to the Hammer Studios. Very atmospheric, with a great performance from Radcliffe (I was finally able to see him as another character and not just Harry Potter). It uses all the haunted house cliches, but generally uses them well.

Against: Arthur doesn’t seem all that concerned by the presence of the ghost / Some of the ‘scares’ are painfully obvious.

Favourite Scene: Almost every Woman in Black appearance / Arthur places his hand on the window palm print and gets a nasty surprise.

Rating: 3.5 Lukes


Released: 2012

Directed by: Seth MacFarlane

Written by: Seth MacFarlane. Alec Sulkin & Wellesley Wild

Starring: Mark Wahlberg, Mila Kunis and Seth MacFarlane

Plot: As the result of a childhood wish, John Bennett’s teddy bear, Ted, came to life and has been by John’s side ever since – a friendship that’s tested when Lori, John’s girlfriend of four years, wants more from their relationship.

For: Funnier than it should be / Mila Kunis / Sam Jones / ‘Look what Jesus did!’

Against: Some of the jokes fall flat / I love Giovanni Ribisi & Patrick Warburton, but their scenes drag the film to a halt / Norah Jones can’t act

Favourite Scene: TED is revealed to the world / Partying with Sam Jones / Every scene with TED and his boss at the grocery store

Rating: 3.5 Lukes

American Reunion

Released: 2012

Directed by: Jon Hurwitz & Hayden Schlossberg

Written by: Jon Hurwitz & Hayden Schlossberg

Starring: Jason Biggs, Alyson Hannigan and Seann William Scott

Plot: Jim, Michelle, Stifler, and their friends reunite in East Great Falls, Michigan for their high school reunion.

For: Jim’s dad (the legendary Eugene Levy) is always awesome

Against: Nostalgia is great, but sometimes it’s good to know when to let go / Not funny

Favourite Scene: Every scene with Jim’s Dad.

Rating: 1.5 Lukes

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Spotlight On…Recent Viewings 4

Posted by David On August 4, 2012 ADD COMMENTS

Iron Sky

Released: 2012

Directed by: Timo Vuorensola

Written by: Michael Kalesniko

Starring: Julia Dietze, Christopher Kirby, Götz Otto, Peta Sergeant

Plot: After World War 2 a select group of Nazis build a secret base on the Moon and plan for a future invasion. Accidentally discovered by astronauts they begin the invasion early.

For: Some cool FX / great idea.

Against: Everything else. Not funny, acting is terrible, plot is terrible etc

Favourite Scene: None

Rating: 0.5 Lukes


Released: 2011

Directed by: Steven Soderbergh

Written by: Lem Dobbs

Starring: Gina Carano, Ewan McGregor and Michael Fassbender

Plot: A black ops mercenary seeks payback after she is betrayed during a mission.

For: Great stunts and fighting scenes. You can actually see what is happening, which seems to be a rarity these days. Gina Carano’s first acting performance and she does a good job. Great cast

Against: Plot is obvious and drags on a bit / soundtrack is weird and distracting / Carano sounds dubbed

Favourite Scene: Every fight scene, especially the sequence where she is trying to elude capture through the city.

Rating: 3 Lukes

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