Miss Congeniality

Can’t believe I hadn’t seen this – and I think it unlocked a bit more of an understanding for me about why people are so interested in Sandra Bullock.  I’d always found her a bit beige as an actor, however this role highlighted Bullock as an actor with quite the …

The Hunt

Is it dystopian, or COULD IT ACTUALLY BE HAPPENING?  Ultra rich people pay vast sums of money to hunt live poor people for sport: instantly goes a little “Hunger Games”, with shades of familiarity due to its supposed setting.  There were a few decent pull-backs as the situation changes and …

The Brothers Grimsby

This is possibly cinema’s new low-point.  I’m weirdly defensive of the work of Sacha Baron Cohen, believing him to be a far more intelligent social commentator and exposer of peoples’ prejudices than a perfunctory skim of his work would suggest… however this was just bollocks.  Why Mark Strong would agree …

Faster

We weren’t really paying attention in this – it’s got The Rock, but he’s playing a sort-of-bad-guy (as you’re constantly reminded by the prosthetic scars) on a revenge mission: it makes a tilt at moral ambiguity but you never really get there, and in the end I think we only …

Walking Tall

No, we’re NOT obsessed with The Rock.  We can stop watching his films any time we want…  no, YOU’RE crying. etc.  So, this one’s BASED ON A TRUE STORY (credible), where an ex-marine goes back to his hometown but doesn’t wanna get involved in the shenanigans at the casino, gets …

Skyscraper

Standard awesome Dwayne Johnson fare – set in a 130+ storey high bleeding-edge-tech building, the titular “skyscraper” – and just for shits & giggles Johnson’s character has an artificial leg.  Which, y’know, I’m sure was a centrepiece of the original screenplay.

Rampage

When someone bases a film on the giant-mutant-gorilla/lizard/wolf-centred video game which the designers famously described as “a game that there was really no wrong way to play”, this is exactly what you end up with.  Granted, the film had much more plot than the game.  So whilst Dwayne Johnson makes …

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