Film: Black Swan

February 13, 2011

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Black Swan Directed by Darren Aronofsky (2010) jusco’s Rating: ★★★★ I knew I was in for a psychological thriller. What I didn’t realise was how dark and terrifying Black Swan would be. Yet it is in this dark tale of an obsessive ballerina where the beautiful Natalie Portman delivers, undoubtedly, her greatest and most captivating, […]

Posted in: 4-stars, film

Film: The Green Hornet

February 3, 2011

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The Green Hornet Directed by Michel Gondry (2011) jusco’s Rating: ★ Wow, what a massive, full blown trainwreck. A complete disaster and quite seriously one of the worst films I’ve seen. Is it that bad? Take it from me, it is. In fact, what was Seth Rogen thinking? I expected at least a half-decent film […]

Posted in: 1-star, film

Film: Animal Kingdom

February 3, 2011

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Animal Kingdom Directed by David Michôd (2010) jusco’s Rating: ★★★★1/2 David Michôd’s solid crime thriller from Australia lives up to all the hype and critical acclaim already lavished upon it. Not only does Animal Kingdom contain astounding performances, it is also perfectly paced with an engaging plot that isn’t overdone and stays true to the […]

Posted in: 4.5-stars, film

Film: WALL-E

January 23, 2011

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WALL-E Directed by Andrew Stanton (2008) jusco’s Rating: ★★★★ Pixar is genius. WALL-E is one of my favourite of their works. How does an animated film with an almost complete lack of dialogue, a robot that makes cute noises and a multitude of fat humans work so well? I don’t know, but Andrew Stanton still […]

Posted in: 4-stars, film

Film: I Love You Phillip Morris

January 23, 2011

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I Love You Phillip Morris Directed by Glenn Ficarra and John Requa (2009) jusco’s Rating: ★★1/2 Jim Carrey is a great actor, though only at certain times (Eternal Sunshine of a Spotless Mind). He is good in this one and it felt natural watching him play a likable gay guy. But watching Ewan McGregor as […]

Posted in: 2.5-stars, film

Film: Music and Lyrics

January 23, 2011

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Music and Lyrics Directed by Marc Lawrence (2007) jusco’s Rating: ★1/2 Music and Lyrics flops in its desperate attempt to charm us. It tries hard, but at the crucial moments it always falls short of reaching the mark. We’re left dry and wanting something more, and are further disappointed when we don’t get that mushy, […]

Posted in: 1.5-stars, film

Film: How to Train Your Dragon

January 18, 2011

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How to Train Your Dragon Directed by Chris Sanders & Dean DeBlois (2010) jusco’s Rating: ★★★1/2 Well done, DreamWorks. When you set your mind to it, you can create good animation films, despite being under the gigantic shadow of Pixar most of the time. How to Train Your Dragon is an excellent and enjoyable film […]

Posted in: 3.5-stars, film