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MOVIE REVIEW | Stone of Destiny (2008)

In a nutshell, Bored & Dangerous says: “It’s a kind of movie that sounds aggravating on paper, yet almost always delights me.”

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“On that day I heard the voice of Scotland speak as loudly as it did in 1320. As long as a hundred of us remain alive, we shall never give in to the domination of the English. We fight not for glory, not for wealth, nor honors, but only and alone for freedom, which no good man surrenders but with his life.”

My heritage on my dad’s side is Scottish.  I lived in Scotland for a while in my 20s.  And being Australian, I have a pretty healthy frustration with British “rule”, just like a lot of Scots.  So when I was flicking through the Netflix menu and saw that there was a movie about the Scots getting one over the Poms, I knew I had to watch Stone of Destiny.

It’s 1950, and the English have well and truly exerted control over their northern neighbours.  After a push by local community leader John MacCormick (Robert Carslile) for Scotland to form their own parliament is quashed by the English, local student Ian Hamilton (Charlie Cox) is determined to restore some Scottish pride.  He decides to do this by steeling the Stone of Destiny from London’s Westminster Abbey. (more…)

***2015 RECAP*** MOVIE REVIEW | The Martian (2015)

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“If the oxygenator breaks down, I’ll suffocate. If the water reclaimer breaks down, I’ll die of thirst. If the Hab beaches, I’ll just kind of implode. If none of those things happen. I’ll eventually run out of food and starve to death. So yeah. I’m fucked.”

Looking at Ridley Scott’s filmography, he’s made over 20 features films since the late 70s. Of those, I have seen 11. Of those 11, I love Matchstick Men and Black Hawk Down, I kind of like American Gangster and Alien, and I really dislike Blade Runner, The Counselor and Gladiator. The rest are just kind of blurs. Not good enough to remember, not bad enough to hate. All of that is to say, I had zero interest in seeing his latest, The Martian.


Big budget, spectacle movies need a pedigree of actors, writers or director behind them before I get excited. I like Matt Damon, but I already saw him do stranded in space with last year’s Interstellar, so his involvement didn’t really get make jazzed. But, the good reviews for The Martian just on kept coming. And in a year that has so far been pretty thin with really good movies, I was starved enough for good, new release movies, that I took a chance on a director I don’t really like, working in a genre I don’t really like, and I saw The Martian. (more…)

MOVIE REVIEW | The Martian (2015)

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“If the oxygenator breaks down, I’ll suffocate. If the water reclaimer breaks down, I’ll die of thirst. If the Hab beaches, I’ll just kind of implode. If none of those things happen. I’ll eventually run out of food and starve to death. So yeah. I’m fucked.”

Looking at Ridley Scott’s filmography, he’s made over 20 features films since the late 70s. Of those, I have seen 11. Of those 11, I love Matchstick Men and Black Hawk Down, I kind of like American Gangster and Alien, and I really dislike Blade Runner, The Counselor and Gladiator. The rest are just kind of blurs. Not good enough to remember, not bad enough to hate. All of that is to say, I had zero interest in seeing his latest, The Martian.


Big budget, spectacle movies need a pedigree of actors, writers or director behind them before I get excited. I like Matt Damon, but I already saw him do stranded in space with last year’s Interstellar, so his involvement didn’t really get make jazzed. But, the good reviews for The Martian just on kept coming. And in a year that has so far been pretty thin with really good movies, I was starved enough for good, new release movies, that I took a chance on a director I don’t really like, working in a genre I don’t really like, and I saw The Martian. (more…)

MOVIE REVIEW | Transsiberian (2008)

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“Kill off all my demons, Roy, and my angels might die, too.”

Woody Harrelson’s one of those actors who I’d say still holds movie star status, without starring in very many big movies. Sure, there’ was the box office success abomination Now You See Me. But more often than not, if Harrelson’s taking a starring role, it’s in smaller, off the radar stuff, like Rampart, or The Messenger, or, Transsiberian.


After some sort of charity work with their church group in China, Jessie (Emily Mortimer) and Roy (Woody Harrelson) board a train in Beijing, to take the seven day titular trip to Moscow. On day two, they meet cabin mates Carlos (Eduardo Noriega) and Abby (Kate Mara). A little more exotic and outgoing than Jessie and Roy, it’s obvious that Carlos and Abby might be involved in something just a little sinister. (more…)