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MOVIE REVIEW | Valkyrie (2008)

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“The Fuhrer’s promises of peace and prosperity have fallen by the wayside leaving in their wake a path of destruction.”

In the 90s, Bryan Singer was the next big thing. The Usual Suspects was the cool little movie that broke big and helped launch the career of Kevin Spacey. And along wih Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man, Singer’s first two X-Men movies pretty much defined what comic book movies have been ever since. Then he gave up a lot of his goodwill by making Superman Returns, a truly terrible, boring movie. These days, he’s a little all over the shop. X-Men: Days of Future Past is pretty great, while Jack the Giant Slayer looked like a colossus mess of terrible CGI and little else.

In between, is Valkyrie. I remember a lot of buzz before it came out, then it just kind of fizzled away. No one loved it, but no one hated it either. How could a movie about a plot to kill Hitler, starring Tom Cruise, directed by Singer be a fizzler? I could understand it being amazing, I could understand it being amazingly bad, but I couldn’t believe it fell in that boring, middle ground. Although, the fact that I’m only now getting to Valkyrie, seven years after its release, is a sign of how little an impact its release obviously made on me. (more…)

MOVIE REVIEW | The Boat That Rocked (2009)

“The way I look at it, the world couldn’t survive without my comedy, and who’s going to have the moral backbone to play the Seekers when the mood is right?”

Some movies just never manage to sell themselves to me. It can have a great cast, a respected director, an interesting concept and everything else going for it, yet for some reason, I can never force myself to pay it any attention. The Boat That Rocked has a great cast. The Boat That Rocked has a respected and proven director. The Boat That Rocked has a really interesting concept. Yet The Boat That Rocked never caught my attention when it came out a few years ago. And, now that I’ve finally seen it, The Boat That Rocked never managed to keep my attention while watching it either.

It’s 1966 in England. The BBC fills its airwaves with classical music, even though the country is gagging for a bit of bloody rock and roll. They get their fix from pirate radio stations broadcasting from boats just outside the jurisdiction of English law. Carl (Tom Strurridge) is the kind of floppy haired, narrow shouldered, wet sad sack with no confidence who exists only to be in English movies about floppy haired, narrow shouldered, wet sad sacks with no confidence. He’s sent to stay with his godfather Quentin (Bill Nighy), who happens to run one of the flagship pirate stations, Radio Rock. (more…)