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".

August 19, 2014

Chest-Thumping Blu-ray Review: Tarzan


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Untamed heart

By Ben Mk

One look at Tarzan and one might be reminded of another feral child by the name of Mowgli. In fact, Rudyard Kipling's wolf-child character is often cited as a major influence on the creation of Edgar Rice Burroughs' so-called king of the apes. And similarly, Disney's 1999 take on the legend of Tarzan can be considered as a spiritual successor to its 1967 adaptation of Kipling's The Jungle Book — for despite the three-decade-long gap between the two films, both are, at their core, stories about how familial bonds are forged not by blood, but by loyalty and friendship.

August 17, 2014

A Strongman's Blu-ray Review: Hercules


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Greek mythbusters

By Ben Mk

The name Hercules might conjure up images of Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson's or Kevin Sorbo's rippling pectorals, but it's far too easy to overlook Disney's take on the legendary character. Released in 1997, Disney's thirty-fifth animated feature film — and the latest in the animation resurgence than began eight years prior with The Little Mermaid — was something of a departure from its usual assortment of stories culled from the pages of classic literature and children's fairy tales. Despite that, its story of how a zero becomes a hero is classic Disney through and through.

August 12, 2014

Warm and Fuzzy Blu-ray Review: Muppets Most Wanted


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Together again (again)

By Ben Mk

He's lean, green and on the screen — no, he's not a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle, he's Kermit the Frog. And he's back in Muppets Most Wanted, co-writer/director James Bobin's followup to his 2011 box office hit, The Muppets, which reintroduced Jim Henson's beloved characters to a whole new generation of moviegoers. This time, Kermit, Miss Piggy, Fozzie, Gonzo, Rolph, Animal and the entire Muppet gang find themselves caught up in a globetrotting saga filled with crooks, capers, cops, celebrities, singing and dancing... lots of singing and dancing.