Archive for October, 2008

Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon

Behind the Mask is a horror movie told from the point of view of a college student making a documentary about Leslie Vernon for her journalism class. Vernon is a young man who is planning his “masterpiece” in an attempt to become a legend like Jason Voorhies, Freddy Kruger and Mike Myers. When the movie […]

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Nim’s Island

A child-fantasy movie about a young girl who lives on a remote island with her father. Her father becomes lost at sea during an expedition and Nim, the main character, must protect her island from pirates. She enlists the help of her favourite author, a recluse played by Jodi Foster, and the local wildlife that […]

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Penelope

Christina Ricci plays Penelope, a pig-faced girl born to an upper class family. The curse of Penelope can only be broken by a marriage of true love and the movie follows her quest for the perfect suitor. I stayed away from this movie for a while because I figured if Christina Ricci was in it […]

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Sex Drive

Think American Pie meets Road Trip. The premise is dumb and the characters are typical teenage sex comedy characters but the movie was very well done. It will never win any awards but it will entertain you for 90 minutes.

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The Mist

A movie adaptation of a Stephen King short story. A group of people get trapped in a supermarket when a strange mist (with monsters in it) rolls into a small Maine town. Most of the movie is shot inside the store and there is a lot of talking. However, the story moves along at a […]

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Passchendaele

A love story set during the first world war. Paul Gross writes, directs and acts. The story is apparently loosely based on the life of his great grandfather. Well worth watching.

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Max Payne

Max Paynefull to watch. That is all.

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Wargames: The Dead Code

A surprisingly good update/sequel to the original. If you like the com-puter, you will like this movie. Bonus Canadian Connection: filmed in Montreal; stars Amanda Walsh, Canada’s youngest Much Music VJ. ‘Spolsions, both real and simulated!

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War Games

The original hacker movie from 1983. I hadn’t seen it before and I was surprised with the quality. 25 years later it still holds up and is just as enjoyable as any modern computer-thriller. Does anyone else have a thing for Ally Sheedy?

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Shura Yukihime (Princess Blade)

A Japanese movie about a princess of a tribe of assassins who, upon coming of age, learns her mother’s death was a murder and sets out to avenge her. The movie has a strange feel. The story has the makings of a historical epic but the surroundings are modern-day, hillbilly Japan. Apparently it’s based on […]

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Speed Racer

Go Speed Racer Go! It’s like watching someone play a video game. The special effects are candy-coated and is like Christmas morning for your eyes. Recommended watching for kids of all ages.

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Ghost Town

Bertram Pincus is an antisocial dentist. While in the hospital for a routine operation he dies for 7 minutes and is then revived. It turns out that his short trip to the other side left him with the ability to see dead people. Once the ghosts of New York realize that he can see them, […]

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Say Anything

For some reason I never saw this movie when it originally came out. Maybe it was because I was 12. Say Anything first made it onto my radar last Christmas when we got a card from friends posing as John Cusack does in the poster. Since then I’ve seen the distinctive pose many times in […]

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Breach

A spy thriller with very little action. This is based on the true story of the greatest security breach in U.S. history. Pass.

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Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist

I love movies because I like being told a story. The thing with stories is that you never know which ones are going to be good and which ones are going to be terrible. It’s the old “never judge a book by it’s cover” thing. For that reason I’ll watch pretty much any movie that […]

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Lakeview Terrace

If you’ve seen the trailer you don’t need to see the movie. Not worth watching. The IMDb rating (at this writing) of 6.4 can only be the result of 1,000 retarded click-happy monkeys let loose on the IMDb voting page.

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War, Inc.

Set in an alternate future where countries have been supplanted by corporations and war is a business. It’s a strange movie with lots of political nuance that I didn’t quite understand. The cast includes John Cusack, Joan Cusack, Marisa Tomei, Hilary Duff, Dan Ackroyd, and Ben Kingsley. The movie had all the proper parts to […]

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The Love Guru

This movie bombed so badly when it was released that it never came to our small theatre in Pembroke. Although I had heard terrible reviews I was still interested to see it. The characters that Mike Myers comes up with have always been able to hit my funny bone. Perhaps my favourite character is Fat […]

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Mighty Aphrodite

A Woody Allen movie. Woody searches out the biological mother of his adopted son and helps her turn her life around, and in the process saves his marriage. It’s a typical Woody Allen movie except for the strange interjections of a Greek chorus who narrate/help the main character. The airhead performance by Mira Sorvino is […]

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Spirit Trap

A Billie Piper horror movie. Not worth watching. I however, watched it anyways. Not only did I watch it, I watched it with Portuguese dubbing. The original audio was still there, but every line was spoken in a male-Portuguese-monotone. It was irritating to listen to at first, but then it became a challenge to make […]

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