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MOVIE REVIEW | Trumbo (2015)

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“What the imagination can’t conjure, reality delivers with a shrug.”

From the first time I heard of its existence, sometime around mid year, Trumbo seemed like a slam dunk for a truck load of Oscars.  First of all, it’s a Hollywood movie about classic Hollywood, always a good start.  Second of all, it had Brian Cranston in his first mainstream, leading role since gaining immense critical, ratings and audience acclaim as Walter White in Breaking Bad.  But when the movie came out, it was with a whimper, not a shout.  Even with its lackluster response, I couldn’t help being a little excited about the Hollywood movie about classic Hollywood, starring Brian Cranston, that was Trumbo.


At the end of the Second World War, the US alliance with Russia that lead to the victory is quickly forgotten as fear of the communist, red menace sweeps America.  It’s the kind of fear that makes bad guys out of people like Dalton Trumbo (Cranston).  Despite just signing the most lucrative deal in the history of screenwriting, his belief that a fair day’s work deserves a fair day’s pay earns him derision as a pinko commie. (more…)

MOVIE REVIEW | Godzilla (2014)

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“The arrogance of men is thinking nature is in their control and not the other way around. Let them fight”.

I’m not anti blockbuster. I’m not anti CGI, effects heavy bombast. But I am very wary of blockbusters and CGI effects heavy bombast. Because the vast majority of blockbusters that rely on CGI, effects heavy bombast are a bit shit. Which is why I’m very rarely in a cinema to see these tent poles in their opening days. I need critical opinion of a blockbuster to be high and risk levels to be low before I dedicate any time to these mega budget franchise builders. Which is why I’m getting to Godzilla close to several months after the rest of the world.

Fifteen years ago, Joe Brody (Bryan Cranston) was running a nuclear faculty in the Philippines. When he sends his wife (Juliette Binoche) to investigate some weird seismic anomalies he’s discovered, she gets her ass killed. 15 years later, present day, Joe’s son, Ford Brady (Arron Taylor Johnson) is a soldier (conveniently for story purposes) with a family of his own. When his father is arrested trying to gain access to the Philippines faciltiy, Ford heads over to bail him out. (more…)