August 28, 2014

Mix-and-Match Blu-ray Review: Blended


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Or is that frapped...

By Ben Mk

Some things are better together: rum and coke, peanut butter and jelly — and Drew Barrymore and Adam Sandler. It's been ten long years since the on-screen duo appeared together in 50 First Dates, and prior to that they lit up the screen in director Frank Coraci's tender-yet-hilarious The Wedding Singer. And now, Coraci, Barrymore and Sandler are back for another round in the romantic comedy arena with Blended, which has a single father (played by Sandler) and a single mother (played by Barrymore) butting heads during an African resort getaway, while comedic and romantic hijinks ensue.

August 27, 2014

Run 'n Gun Blu-ray Review: Brick Mansions


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Escape from Detroit

By Ben Mk

To his fans, Paul Walker will likely best be remembered for the character he played in the Fast & Furious film franchise: police-officer-turned-street-racer Brian O'Conner. Because although Walker starred in his fair share of dramas and comedies, it was his action roles that made the biggest impression on moviegoers. And fittingly enough, his final film — the Luc Besson-scripted Brick Mansions — is exactly that kind of picture. In it, Walker once again steps into the boots of an officer of the law, playing one of Detroit's finest who's tasked with disarming a nuclear warhead before it kills millions.

August 24, 2014

Bloodsucking Blu-ray Review: Only Lovers Left Alive


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A fang-tastic twist on a familiar genre

By Ben Mk

Vampires have been done to death, at least as far as their exploits at the cinema are concerned. But just when you think that movies like Vampire Academy and the Twilight franchise have driven a stake through the myth of the modern succubus, along comes a film like writer/director Jim Jarmusch's Only Lovers Left Alive. Hauntingly atmospheric, darkly funny and gothically romantic, it's a modern take on the age-old vampire archetype — or rather, it takes on age-old vampire archetypes living in the modern world — with a sharp wit and an even sharper set of fangs.

August 22, 2014

Hard-Boiled Film Review: Sin City: A Dame to Kill For


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Repent or die

By Ben Mk

With comic-to-film adaptations becoming increasingly more cinematic in their scope (see big-budget powerhouses like X-Men: Days of Future Past, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 and the upcoming Batman v Superman), there's something to be said for a movie like Sin City, which favors hyper-stylized visuals that evoke a keen comic book aesthetic. And with its sequel, which has been nine long years in the making, directors Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller are finally ready to transport moviegoers back to that film noir world — a place where the liquor is hard, the moon is always full and the dames are to kill for.

Romantically Challenged Film Review: The F Word


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A rom-com uncensored

By Ben Mk

The romantic comedy is dead. At least, that's what we've been led to believe. But whoever first made that statement obviously never bore witness to the sparks flying between Daniel Radcliffe and Zoe Kazan, the most adorable on-screen couple this side of Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Zooey Deschanel and the two leads in director Michael Dowse's slightly-askew rom-com, The F Word. In the film, Radcliffe and Kazan play a couple who seem destined to be together, if not for one seemingly insurmountable problem: they're stuck in "the friend zone".