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Month: July 2010


Theatrical Releases: ‘Toy Story 3’

Fifteen years after the release of the groundbreaking Toy Story (1995) and eleven years after the release of the arguably superior Toy Story 2 (1999), Pixar are back with the next (and potentally final) instalment to the Toy Story trilogy. Director of both prequels, John Lasseter, hands the […]


Film Review: ‘Predators’

★★★☆☆ It’s no surprise producer Robert Rodriguez and director Nimród Antal stressed that they wanted this film to be seen as a sequel only to the original Predator (1987) movie which starred Arnold Schwarzenegger. With their simplified plots and cartoon-like feel, it was also no wonder that Predator […]

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DVD Review: ‘The Perfect Sleep’

★★☆☆☆ “Sorry if it seems kind of cliché, but the French dig this kind of visual…and I dig the French”. These are the telling, if bizarre, words from The Perfect Sleep’s (2009) unnamed protagonist, moments after narrating a somewhat baffling prologue to the film’s events. Orchestrated by first-time […]


Blu-ray Review: ‘Donnie Darko’

★★★★★ When first released, Donnie Darko (2001) screened in a handful of cinemas across America for little over a month, crippled by a low budget, a lack of interest and the recent trauma of 9/11. Now, nine years later, Donnie Darko prepares to enter the cinematic Valhalla as […]


Film Review: ‘Inception’

★★★★☆ When we’re dreaming, time moves differently. We don’t notice while we’re sleeping, but it does; a second of real time can feel like minutes, or even hours, in dream-time. It’s a concept that’s taken to its thrilling logical conclusion in Inception (2010), as writer/director Christopher Nolan spins out […]


DVD Releases: ‘Youth in Revolt’

Based on the novel by C.D. Payne, Arteta’s direction sets the premise for an intelligent and witty take on the plight of the teen, and a strong supporting cast including Zach Galifianakis, Steve Buscemi and Justin Long should have surely elevated Youth in Revolt (2009) to the heights […]

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DVD Review: ‘The Dinner Party’

★☆☆☆☆ TV soap operas have often proved to be the perfect platform for young acting talent to cut their thespian teeth. Australia’s hugely successful soap export Neighbours helped to launch the acting careers of Alan Dale (Entourage, Lost) and Guy Pearce (LA Confidential [1997], Memento [2000]), whilst its […]