TOMBOY TARTS: MOVIES

THE BADASS WONDER WOMAN ORIGIN STORY WE ‘VE BEEN WAITING FOR

Just last week, Gal Gadot released the perfect Wonder Woman poster to put it on the dorm wall, where she looks like a superhero Goddess against a stunning backdrop. Now the actress has unleashed the reveal the latest trailer upon us the mere mortals. “Welcome to Themyscira,” she wrote on  “I am proud to present the NEW trailer for #WonderWoman!” In this new clip, we are introduced to Wonder Woman before she became a superhero. “The gods gave us many gifts one day you’ll know them all,” says her mom, Queen Hippolyta, played by Connie Nielsen. Except that Princess…

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JOHN WICK: CHAPTER 2 – A BALLISTIC GUN-TOTIN’ GOOD TIME AT THE MOVIES!

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Deadpan humour meets dead folks and deadly stunts in a sequel that’s pretty damn lavish and glorious about its scale, world building and generous body count. The legendary Russian mob demolishing and puppy avenging hitman – John Wick – returns. Black suit, black boots and prodded by another wily shmuck to go back to his old ways again. How do you think this will end folks? John Wick: Chapter 2 is so hardcore, surreal and stunt crazy, it makes the entire world of Grand Theft Auto (GTA) look like Yoga Camp by comparison. John Wick’s…

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THE LEGO BATMAN MOVIE : THE MOST FUN YOU HAVE HAD YET IN A BATMAN FILM

Who knew the dark knight’s super dark saga would make for the perfect delivery system for some lightheaded & ridiculously delightful gags? Let’s take a trip on the BAT-SIDE. Yes. My history with the caped dark is a long and emotional one. I love Batman. I also love Bacon …but that is unrelated to this review. Bacon Sandwiches with Mayo for the win (now that I could work with). Mustard in them. Yes, mustard is great too. Do you know what else is good? The Lego Batman Movie. But before we talk further on that… let…

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ALLIED: BRAD PITT AND MARION COTILLARD “UP” THEIR BOND GAME IN WW2 THRILLER

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Dames in Dresses in times of stresses. Watch Brad Pitt & Marion Cotillard up their ‘Bond’ game! What does Brad Pritt love to do on screen apart from grabbing some munchies between multiple lunchies? Well.. it’s give Tom Cruise a run for his money at playing the Spy Game. Who’s up for the set piece that is Breaking Brad : Unfinished Sandwich Edition? Forgive me as I digress. I love making fun of Brad Pitt. Now here’s an actor who only occasionally pushes the envelope but is often & most decidedly playing himself. I was…

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DOCTOR STRANGE IS MARVEL’S TRIPPIEST SUPERHERO MOVIE YET

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Move over Gandalf – thy beard was pretty weird. Step away Dumbledore – oh wait, you died. Percy Jackson, you ain’t seen shit. Jon Snow? You slobbering fool. Doctor Strange is here to take your fool asses to school! Alright, let’s be fair. We all know that Jon Snow doesn’t belong in this list but he needs to crawl back into the snow if he mopes around anymore. I’m sick of Jon Snow’s bearded and worried mug across my TV Screen. This has nothing to do with the below review. But I just felt like…

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NEIL GAIMAN WANTS YOU TO DREAM DANGEROUSLY IN NEW DOCUMENTARY

Signing your name in a book is usually not a health hazard, unless you are Neil Gaiman, one of the world’s best-known fantasy authors, who did it at least 150,000 times, plus dedications, without a break over 90 days in the U.S. and U.K. True to his rock star persona, Neil Gaiman does not merely fade into the night before retiring as a public figure. Instead, he embarked on a whirlwind farewell book-signing tour, as poignantly documented in “Neil Gaiman: Dream Dangerously. ” Emily Haines of Metric once sang about why we shouldn’t meet our heroes…

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TIM BURTON CHARMS AGAIN IN MISS PEREGRINE’S HOME FOR PECULIAR CHILDREN

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Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children plays like a ‘Best of Hits’ Platinum Album of Hollywood’s favourite and sometimes disturbingly repetitive goth-fanboy auteur – Tim Burton. Tim Burton: lover of blue hues, skeletons, white face paint and gorgeous bleak surroundings is back with a tale that’s as magical as it’s well ‘Burtonesque’. Tim Burton is to goth aesthetics what Tom Cruise is to missions involving saving the planet. Never before has there been a more snug fit of the director and the material he is playing with. I can only imagine how many sleepless nights of…

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BATMAN: THE KILLING JOKE IS NO LAUGHING MATTER

After successfully adapting Frank Miller’s The Dark Knight Returns in a thrilling animated two-parter, DC soon turned its attention to another iconic Batman graphic novel, Alan Moore’s Batman: The Killing Joke. With both Kevin Conroy and Mark Hamill returning to voice-acting duties as Batman and The Joker respectively, comic-book fans instantly looked forward to this new adaptation. But The Killing Joke being a much darker Batman tale with Joker at his most diabolical, Commissioner Gordon very nearly losing his mind and Batgirl (in)famously being shot and paralysed by the villainous clown with Batman ultimately finding…

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SHIN GODZILLA IS BIG, UGLY AND SCARY AS HELL FOR ITS HERO HOMECOMING

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OH MY GODZILA! Trust the Japanese to infuse love, painstaking detail and rocket fuel into the legendary Kaiju Godzilla franchise that our American friends have been buggering up time and time again. In true return to daddy fashion, the Shin Godzilla narrative is firm and dives deep into disaster management zone like few films ever have! There is something deeply cathartic about watching a giant monster stomp and roar its way through an urban jungle and wreck a king’s portion worth of horror and real estate damage that would even have Rolland Emmerich and Michael…

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TRAIN TO BUSAN IS ZOMBIE-POCALYPSE ON THE KOREAN EXPRESS

It’s the Zombie-pocalypse & this time its our friends in Korea who are in for the crapfest delights of the season. Oh… and they’re on a train to Busan. A really really fast train with zombies on it! Train to Busan is blockbuster filmmaking done right and a masterclass in balancing emotional storytelling with speed burst adrenaline. Throw in a message about the ugly side of class warfare (is there any other side?) and you’ve gotta ask yourself if zombies are truly scarier than human beings. Speeding towards an uncertain fate, an estranged father (Gong…

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SUICIDE SQUAD IS SUICIDAL TO WATCH

Fanboy and The Movie Rogue’s Aman Bhonsle sees a disturbing disconnect between what the Suicide Squad trailer promises and what the movie actually delivers. Watch at your own risk! Is this the real life? Is this just fantasy? Caught in its own $#it. No escape from this crappity! For me to fully list down all the strikes that this movie has committed against me as a fanboy would require me to write a document longer than the constitutions of some countries. Hence, I’ll keep the effort short & as pain-free as I can. I had…

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STAR TREK IS BEYOND SAVING ITSELF FROM SELF-DESTRUCTION IN THIS NEW FILM

Star Trek Beyond is the latest instalment of a once-exciting rebooted franchise for the fans of the show, like me, in the new millenium. However, sadly this film fails to deliver on so many counts, it’s hard to find a sweet spot as to where I can even begin panning this iconic, beloved sci-fi series of without me shedding a tear in the process. WARNING! MAJOR SPOILERS AHEAD. O god, what can I say being a Trekkie for most of my life? You know that feeling where you decided to open up an investment account at…

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GHOSTBUSTERS 2016 ANSWERS THE CALL

Answer the call or bolster the fall. Ghostbusters had everything going against it right from the word go. When the ice breaks, the vox populi shall be waiting with pitch forks. Hailed as being the most hated trailer on the Internet, this movie was in for some major online mudslinging. Right at the outset when its all female cast was announced by the studio, people started saying nasty things about how this movie would turn out. So does Ghostbusters hold up despite all these feverish odds stacking up against it? The answer is both yes and…

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IF GHOSTBUSTERS FAILS, IT WON’T BE BECAUSE OF ITS FEMALE COMIC LEADS

That’s right! If Paul Feig’s Ghostbusters fails, it won’t be because of its all-female cast but many other reasons. Persis, co-founder of this site and ardent Ghostbusters fan, tells you why. If there’s anything to be learnt from box-office duds over the years like ‘John Carter’, ‘Fantastic Four’ or even the recent ‘Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice’ is that internet hate coupled with bad storytelling is a recipe for seismic disasters for studios. Then came the reboot phenomenon, which isn’t really a phenomenon because Hollywood has been remaking films for years, feeding off our…

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WARCRAFT DELIVERS ORCS, ACTION AND NOT MUCH ELSE

Borecraft. Snorecraft. Meh is an expression that wouldn’t cut it for this arduous film about … what takes up two hours of screen time. The bar has decidedly been lowered for movies based on video games and Warcraft is no different. Warcraft is slow, replete with mythos you have no clue about even after the lackluster expositional scenes. It has a story so drab and witless that you’re better off viewing security cam footage of someone sawing wood for a more dramatic viewing experience. What Warcraft lacks in the ‘feels’ – it also lacks in…

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X-MEN: APOCALYPSE MAKES THE END OF THE WORLD LOOK BORING

Claws. Flaws. And a succession of bores. The X-Men franchise has rarely come this close to a dreary lullaby. This X-Men: The Last Stand-ish level of mediocrity is not only disappointing and worrying, but what a train wreck! Why doesn’t someone just axe these X-Men already? I mean really, If Jennifer Lawrence looks bored any further in a movie, you might just mistake it for a Hunger Games film without the Hunger and with none of the games. Her screen time looks and feels laboured and there is literally nothing for her to do on…

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JANE GOT A GUN: NATALIE PORTMAN’S WESTERN REVOLUTIONISES GIRL POWER

Jane Got A Gun is Natalie Portman’s ode (and a door kick) to the Western film genre. There are all the usual emotions and plot-lines we’ve come to love in a Western but without all that machismo hype. Instead, the film is a sober, pragmatic look at one woman’s fight for survival in the wild, wild west that has revolutionised the genre with it’s own brand of girl power. When you think of Natalie Portman and westerns, it’s like making pancakes with soy sauce. Her career has volleyed from indie Euro action (“Leon: The Professional”) to…

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CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR DELIVERS EPIC SUPERHERO SMACKDOWN

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Furrowed eyebrows meet air dashes as push comes to kick in this latest cinematic Captain America: Civil War mega meat pie. Make no mistake, Marvel’s digging for the meat as it sorts and snorts this intoxicating white powdered mashup of Superheroes into eternal celluloid greatness! It is an all-star cast in an all-star vehicle and you best wash your mouth with soap before you turn into a naysayer about these fantastical times we live in. If you’re a cynic, this is not the article for you. Marvel at Marvel’s ability to make sure no saga sags…

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MOVIE REVIEW: THE HATEFUL EIGHT

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Button up, buckle down and put a kettle on! It’s the age of Quentin Tarantino again – a borderline renegade / genius / maverick director whose cuss ridden bloodfests have become a thing of beauty over the years. Let’s not forget that Tarantino has taught Hollywood the beauty of Non-Linear storytelling and he loves himself a good shootout. Tarantino’s movies can best be described as hell-painted fairylands where thrills don’t just scratch at the frill and where the man with the motor mouth gets the most claps. The Hateful Eight is no different. People talk…

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LENA HEADEY & GENDER INEQUALITY IN HOLLYWOOD

Lena Headey recently went androgynous in a photo-spread for Jocks & Nerds as she spoke out against gender inequality in Hollywood; a phenomenon that has, of late, started ruffling feathers once again with the recent diversity brouhaha surrounding the Oscars 2016 nominations. We explore how such a gaping divide affects women who work in entertainment industries around the world and its long-term impact. Game of Thrones Season 6 is still a few months away but that hasn’t stopped the conniving and ruthless Queen Cersei (ahem – we mean Lena Headey) from striking a classic tomboy pose for Jocks & Nerds November 2015 edition as she bends gender…

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MOVIE REVIEW: THE WALK

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Great Scott! Levitt levitates above the world and for the world in a retelling of the famous twin towers high-rope walk by Philippe Petit and faces the classic double for his trouble conundrum of risking it all for his moment in the sky. Gasp and grasp any nearby objects or people. It’s going to get dizzying folks. Director Robert Zemeckis is here to take you on an altitude sickness inducing journey of self-discovery and audience recovery. Apply balm shortly thereafter. For all detractors of the 3D or IMAX format, here’s a film that quite literally…

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MOVIE REVIEW: KNOCK KNOCK

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Neo has been taken down by the combined power of the skirts. Swing a bat at him, cough in his face & call him a fool & it will still not come close to destroying the idea & purity that is KEANU REEVES! How dare they!!! Keanu Reeves bathes in rose water & milk but that’s just on Tuesdays. He has stopped moving buses, he has dodged crashing trucks, he has discovered the meaning of life, he has time traveled & even infiltrated thieving gangs. He also does a terrible British accent but hey –…

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ALICE GUY-BLACHÉ: THE PIONEER FILMMAKER WHOM YOU NEVER LEARNT ABOUT IN FILM SCHOOL

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The year was 1896. Alice Guy-Blaché had made her first film in at the age of 23. She would become the first female movie studio owner, and one of the most prominent filmmakers in the industry.  The first women director in history went on to write, direct and produce more than a 1,000 films over her 20-year-long career. Then it all ended. Her name disappeared from film history, and her legacy vanished into the shadows. And she was forgotten. Filmmakers Pamela Green and Jarik van Sluijs wanted to bring her untold story to the screen….

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MOVIE REVIEW: ANT-MAN

In this latest outing by Marvel, Ant-Man proves that small things do come in big packages by giving us an entertaining origin story that doesn’t get too embroiled in the morality & mortality of it all. Small problems make for big adventures & big adventures make for the little pleasures of life. Forgive me as I take off on a tangent. Ever taken a 12 hour long flight? Damn those squeezey seats. You’re coiling like a snake to find a better way to sit. You hate it. You hate it very much. Suddenly, the search for…

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SILVER SCREEN MOVIE SHOWDOWN: JURASSIC WORLD

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It’s two differing views on the same movie as Katie and Melissa, the hosts of the Silver Screen Queens film podcast, bring their differing views on the latest films here to our site. On their debut review they shred apart this year’s ultimate blockbuster offering, ‘Jurassic World’. Katie pits her wits against Melissa on whether the film matched up to its hype and it’s predecessors after all. “This movie never needed to be made.” A friend of mine said this in response to my discussion of Jurassic World, and it’s a phrase that got me thinking. What film needs to be made? We’re…

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MOVIE REVIEW: AVENGERS – AGE OF ULTRON

Avenge, scavenge, lozenge and shout till your gut rumbles! The world needs a savior and they’re coming in tumbles! So here’s the Hulk and bulk of the razzmatazz abolish someone new and ruin architectural marvels of another city. Speaking purely as a fanboy, I enjoyed this film for what it offers. But the burning question is – Did I enjoy it enough? Here’s what it is – an escapist, fantastical belly rub of explosions and implosions. Tony Stark invents artificial intelligence at a time when we’ve seen Arnold Schwarzenegger take on killer bots since back when he was…

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MOVIE REVIEW: BOYHOOD

He walks around. Shuffling from one odd situation into the other. He’s blitzing through his life for 12 years at the pace of a snail but does he get where he wants to?

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MOVIE REVIEW: NIGHTCRAWLER

When Lou Bloom, a driven man desperate for work, muscles into the world of L.A. crime journalism, he uncovers a nocturnal underbelly of film crashes, fires, murder and other mayhem, where each police siren wail equals a possible windfall and all victims are converted into dollars and cents. Damn… he’s creepy! He makes Heath Ledger’s Joker look like his bummer first cousin who missed the cutoff to University. If Hannibal Lecter was his uncle, you know where he’d be spending his Christmases! Who is he? You want to hug him, then slap him & then…

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THE HOBBIT BATTLE OF FIVE ARMIES

Despite going into ‘The Hobbit: Battle of Five Armies’ without any expectations, this final instalment of Peter Jackson’s trilogy of films feels far short of a prequel to its predecessor, ‘The Lord of The Rings’, if it was meant to serve that purpose, because it really doesn’t feel that way. I’m an hour fresh from watching the final installment of ‘The Hobbit Battle of Five Armies” and I have to say, that by the end of it, I didn’t expect to be jolted out of Middle Earth so soon into the vacuous existence I now…

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MOVIE REVIEW: GONE GIRL

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The only thing worse than a broken marriage is when the broken pieces stab you where it hurts. These shards of hatred are exactly what might be awaiting you on the other side of the bed. You’re about to reach around for some hasty nasty and you never know what devil’s dilemmas await you under the sheets. A marriage is a pact but the level of tact that it needs to put up with another human may requires almost a detective story- esque diligence. It is this uncertainty & shakiness that power Gone Girl – a…

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MOVIE REVIEW: TOMBOY

What is the world like when you put on the appearance of a boy while being a girl? Through the innocence of childhood, Tomboy approaches a tricky subject in a way that is understated, sensitive and yet funny at times. Tomboy is a truly likeable film that starts off in a naturalistic way with only the ambient sound of the engine and the street, of a young enigmatic looking child learning to drive with the father at the wheel. A portrayal of a normal family with nothing dysfunctional, who has just moved to a new…

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MOVIE REVIEW: SIN CITY A DAME TO KILL FOR

Sin City: A Dame to Kill for is the highly anticipated follow-up to Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller’s 2005 groundbreaking film noir homage. So why does it fail to make a dent at the box office? Sin City: A Dame to Kill For is a ‘kick-to-the-shin-shitty’. There I have said it. You can stop reading this review now. Grab a tissue or an aspirin……you’re going to need it. The world cannot be viewed in black & white unless you’re a comic book writer with Frank Miller’s highly sub-textual, borderline misogynistic & yet hardly subtle take on life….

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MOVIE REVIEW: WE ARE THE BEST!

What happens when the world doesn’t think you are good enough? You have to say you are the best and believe it, like these intrepid 13-year-old protagonists who formed a punk band in 1982 Stockholm against all odds. This wonderful Swedish comedy by acclaimed director Lukas Moodysson, is a film for everyone who is either 13 years old now or used to be. Based on a autobiographical graphic novel Never Tonight penned by his wife Coco Moodysson, director Lukas Moodysson has made a unique spirited, coming-of age story featuring three 13-year old girls, whom have taken to…

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THE MOVIE ROGUE: GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY

Guardians of the Galaxy is an enjoyable zesty sci-fi romp that takes place in the gardens of geekdom where you may pluck a rosebud or two & toss it wistfully in the meadow of overwhelming names of places, races, titles & cross motivations that can feel like a bit fuddy-duddy for first timers to this universe, who have no idea what to expect from the movie. A young boy Peter Quill is picked up by aliens soon after his mother succumbs to Cancer. Quill grows up to be a galactic thief who commits petty crimes…

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MOVIE ROGUE: TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION

Watching a Transformers movie is like witnessing a trainwreck – you just can’t stay away. Once again Michael Bay has another mega hit on his hands, much to chargin of our Movie Rogue who turns his scathing review of the franchise’s current box success into an art form. Save your eyes & ready the knives! Transformers, transponders, transcoders, transsexuals, trans-Atlantic, transit lounge … trans-what? Forgive my muddled thoughts because they rely on my brain to generate new ones & my state of befuddlement is unmatched & a tad bit hotchpotch and flush smash. You get…

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MOVIE REVIEW: X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST

Bryan Singer is back! Singer practically sings his way into the hearts of geeks & non geeks alike with a summer blockbuster that’s cooler than the winter. The director tries his best to file away all doubts by crafting an edgy, exciting & politically charged installment to the X Men films. There have been a series of X-Men films over the last decade. There are the original films made by Bryan Singer (X-Men & X-Men 2) that showed the world that Superhero films, when taken seriously make for  bloody entertaining stuff. Also admittedly inspiring Nolan before he…

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MOVIE REVIEW: GODZILLA (2014)

Watch out, Godzilla! Our resident movie rogue Aman Bhonsle has his claws out for the giant lizard as the reboot roars its way to the box office. An Open Letter to Godzilla God damn you Godzilla! You turned out to be a bigger tease than a mini skirt on wheels. Where the **** were you during the movie? Where? I saw you for precisely 8-12 minutes through a 2 hour feature & found myself rather dissed at the end of it all. Did someone grind your gears or brush your sharp fins the wrong way?…

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MOVIE REVIEW: THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL

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The Grand Budapest Hotel is a disarmingly colourful dark comedy about the misadventures of a hotel concierge & his protege Lobby boy set in the 1930’s small town Europe. Wes Anderson’s impeccably geometrical world is one of long tracking shots, wilful pans & comically grotesque graphic violence amidst verbosity & primness of an equally elaborate kind. Pastel hues & quirky views. Warm tones & cold bones. Quaint, dreamy & with an almost picture book like fairy tale quality to it, the movie introduces us to Gustave, the debonair & smooth talking protagonist whose only worries…

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MOVIE REVIEW: DALLAS BUYERS CLUB

There’s nothing stylistic about ‘Dallas Buyers Club’. It was made on a tight budget and certainly looked and felt like it. Yet, this small film, loosely based on AIDS patient and activist, Ron Woodroof’s last years of life, leaves a giant footprint on the hearts of all who watch it. They’re calling it the ‘McConaissance’ and rightly so. I’ve never seen so much media blitz swirling around a Hollywood actor since good ole John Travolta’s riveting ‘Royale With Cheese’ turn in ‘Pulp Fiction’. Once the goofy, rom-com, go-to guy, Matthew McConaughey’s recent performances as AIDS-stricken…

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MOVIE REVIEW: CAPTAIN PHILLIPS

The ever-reliable Tom Hanks delivers a nuanced and riveting performance as the beleaguered Captain Philips in this non-fat thriller. Pirates need not come from the Caribbean or have the swagger of rockstars to be considered truly badass. They don’t even need a pair of shoes and full clothes to be taken seriously. All they need are CRAZY eyes! Yes. And that’s the kind of raw screen presence and menace that Barkhad Abdi – The skinny pirate possesses. A magnetism and desperate savagery that trumps all other performances in the film only to float an otherwise perfectly…

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MOVIE REVIEW: AMERICAN HUSTLE

American Hustle is like a tortoise whose butt is stuck in a bit of mud & who can barely move around but who still believes that he’s a Ninja turtle nevertheless. No it isn’t a story of hope, love, triumph, wits or balls. Then is it anything at all? It’s the wait between what you sow and what you stow. That’s what it is. What exactly do you get when Christian Bale does his best Tony Soprano impression in DeNiro’s voice? An eerie calm that is unbecoming of the nuanced actor. What about when Bradley…

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MOVIE REVIEW: NEBRASKA

Want to know what living with aged parents is all about? Then watch Alexander Payne’s heartwarming new film ‘Nebraska’ that brilliantly portrays the struggles of an aging old man who still has the heart of a 21-year-old. If you have the pleasure and the ordeal of taking care of parents who are in the their twilight years, then ‘Nebraska’ will hit a lot of home runs with you. To me, it certainly did, being the only child with a set of very old, stubborn and challenging parents to deal with. In fact, the film was…

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MOVIE REVIEW: 12 YEARS A SLAVE

This week on Movie Rogue@The Oscars, our resident Tomboy Tart, Persis Shanker, does the honours of reviewing Steve McQueen’s third Oscar nominated flick ’12 Years A Slave’; an American slave brutality film with a narrative and style so disturbing it even surpasses Alex Haley’s ‘Roots’. If there’s anything to be said about Steve McQueen’s third Oscar nominated film, ’12 Years A Slave’, it is that it’s not just about the few violent torturous punishments that deck portions of the film, it’s Steve’s willingness to let the camera stay put on a shot for as long…

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MOVIE REVIEW: HER

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‘Her’ is a loving, earnest and pressing story; keen on its premise and leaning in to address its audience as frankly and as wholly as it possibly can. Here’s our review of this heartwarming and heartbreaking movie. ‘Her’ is a downright spectacular movie. There I have said it. I have said it and I don’t mind repeating it again at the cost of sounding obsessed. In a lifetime of watching movies & letting them grip me by the throat, here’s one that has held my heart in its fist without letting me go. But what…

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MOVIE REVIEW: THE WOLF OF WALL STREET

Ever taken part in a paintball competition? Well, that’s exactly how Martin Scorsese’s  The Wolf of Wall Street feels like. Despite the constant hits you receive at every turn of the film, it is one the director’s most entertaining and accomplished films he’s done in recent years. Imagine being the ball in a game of lawn tennis. Now imagine being thrown off a bridge with no rope. Now I need you to imagine being hit again, on the head with a thick hockey stick repeatedly in the middle of an earthquake. You get where I’m…

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MOVIE REVIEW: THE SECRET LIFE OF WALTER MITTY

What does a man living a two-dimensional life, saddled with the burdens of  family responsibility do when a disaster at work takes him on a life-changing journey? Well, you get a wanderlust-stricken Ben Stiller traipsing mountain ranges and plunging oceans in his new film, The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty. If you ever needed a bit of a thwack on your hip to pack a rucksack and head for the hills or jump into the ocean, then this is the movie for you! Ben Stiller’s picker-upper – The Secret Life of Walter Mitty is the…

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MOVIE REVIEW: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG

A talking dragon, barrels on water, interchangeable dwarfs & PG 13 slaughter. Rich production A.K.A Adventure on demand once again comes to the meddlesome motley meandering about the New Zealand landscape with varied results. Once again, we find ourselves in the back pockets of Guillermo Del Toro (Screenplay) & Peter Jackson (Director), the Peter Pans of the movie who bring light, fright, magic & mayhem back into our movie screens with zealous results. Middle Earth (New Zealand) is once again the landscape for scraping factions of dwarves, hobbits, human beings, elves, orcs, wizards & other…

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MOVIE ROGUE: CATCHING FIRE

Hunger Games sequel, Catching Fire is a two and half hour propeller plane ride that stays true to the book but that’s just where it fails because, despite the massive buzz surrounding the film, it doesn’t achieve the altitude it really needs to fly the epic skies… So I caved and actually decided to catch a ‘girly’ movie featuring tomboy-sultry, Katniss Everdeen, played by ingenue Jennifer Lawrence, who is a pro at hunting animals, climbing trees and kicking some major butt with her archery skills in the sequel to the highly successful dystopian film released…

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MOVIE ROGUE: GRAVITY

Short of breath, short of time & short of any help! Bullock takes the fuzzy dry spin in the laundromat of death. But will she triumph? Never has the chauvinist term, it’s NOT a woman’s world felt like a bigger lie. It’s not just the world that belongs to her but with Gravity – the female of the species marks her triumph over Space as well. Sandra Bullock stars as an astronaut caught on the bad side of a terrible space accident. This isn’t that time of the month when your wife spirals outta control and…

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