At the Cinema: July 2010

The Karate Kid (2010) Decent enough remake of the 80s hit, though it follows the original almost beat for beat. It’s also a bit too long, but Jackie Chan is good in the role of the mentor and Smith is fine as the kid.  3/5 The A-Team (2010) Enjoyable action thriller based on the classic …

At the Cinema: June 2010

Get Him to the Greek (2010) Reasonably amusing comedy starring Russell Brand reprising his character from Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Aldous Snow. It has enough laughs to get by, but not much more. Brand is fine, but he’s never really let off the leash. 3/5 Rashomon (1950) Fascinating, influential drama which despite its age still has …

On the Archers – the films of Powell & Pressburger

If you follow me on Twitter, you’ll no doubt have seen me blathering on about a course I recently attended on Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger, organised by the Cambridge Film Consortium, and run at the Cambridge Arts Picturehouse. My general knowledge of film being woefully deficient in too many areas, I knew very little …

At the Cinema: May 2010

Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans (2010) Quirky, exciting, darkly comedic thriller about a New Orleans cop who gets deeper and deeper in to trouble with the police, rival criminal gangs, his girlfriend and his family in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Great performance by Cage. 4/5 Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time …

At the Cinema: April 2010

The Ghost (2010) Absorbing thriller from ‘Chinatown’ director Roman Polanski, based on the Robert Harris novel, about a writer (Ewan McGregor) hired to help get the former British Prime Minister’s (Pierce Brosnan) memoirs in to a publishable state. Trouble is, the previous writer hired to do this died in mysterious circumstances. Did he discover a …