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Film Reviews

Get the Gringo

Saturday, June 2nd, 2012 Film Reviews, Other Writing,

South of the border, down Mexico way. We’ve been here before, but never in the company of Mel Gibson, working to restore a reputation that has taken a dive in recent years. There have been slight problems with alcohol, domestic violence, and anti-Semitic pronouncements delivered to officers of the law. “Sick to his empty core […]

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Cleopatra

Saturday, May 26th, 2012 Film Reviews, Other Writing,

Hollywood has never made a more difficult, more expensive movie than Cleopatra (1963). It reputedly cost between US$35-$40 million, which is approximately US$300 million in today’s money. Avatar, in comparison, has been costed at US$280 million. The shooting of Cleopatra was hardly less epic than the Roman empire itself, with a cast that qualified as […]

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The Dictator

Saturday, May 19th, 2012 Film Reviews, Other Writing,

For a riotous comedy about a North African dictator imagine a documentary about Colonel Gaddafi’s 42-year reign in Libya. Were he still around to see The Dictator, Gaddafi might have felt flattered by the number of features that Sacha Baron Cohen has borrowed from his glorious regime. There are the costumes, of course, and the […]

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The Descendants

Saturday, January 28th, 2012 Film Reviews, Other Writing,

Less than a month out from this year’s Academy Awards, George Clooney is favourite in the Best Actor category for his role in The Descendants. It’s a big year for Clooney as he may also be nominated as Best Director for the political drama, The Ides of March. Do these awards stand for anything apart […]