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***21016 RECAP*** MOVIE REVIEW | The Nice Guys (2016)

In a nutshell, Bored & Dangerous says: “It’s not quite as wacky as the trailer had me hoping it would be, but I still loved it and laughed constantly as I watched it.”

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“You’re the world’s worst detectives.”

In 1987, screenwriter Shane Black defined the mismatched buddy copy action movie as we know it, with Lethal Weapon.  He accomplished the rare feat of delivering a sequel that more than live up to its predecessor with Lethal Weapon 2, and let his darker tendencies show on the The Last Boy Scout.  A movie that starts with quarterback shooting opposition players in front of a capacity crowd before killing himself, and only gets more and more bleak from there, while still finding room for plenty of jokes, smart ass comebacks and zingers.

Those movies, plus an uncredited punch up on action classic Predator, put Black on the kind of streak that made people wonder if he could do any wrong.  Turns out, he could.  1993 saw a million dollar pay cheque for a re-write on the floptacular Last Action Hero, before he scored a record breaking $4million for writing the monumental shit bomb that was The Long Kiss Goodnight.  The kind of movie that is only remembered and talked about today because of just how spectacularly it flopped. (more…)

MOVIE REVIEW | The Nice Guys (2016)

In a nutshell, Bored & Dangerous says: “It’s not quite as wacky as the trailer had me hoping it would be, but I still loved it and laughed constantly as I watched it.”

Nice A.jpg
“You’re the world’s worst detectives.”

In 1987, screenwriter Shane Black defined the mismatched buddy copy action movie as we know it, with Lethal Weapon.  He accomplished the rare feat of delivering a sequel that more than live up to its predecessor with Lethal Weapon 2, and let his darker tendencies show on the The Last Boy Scout.  A movie that starts with quarterback shooting opposition players in front of a capacity crowd before killing himself, and only gets more and more bleak from there, while still finding room for plenty of jokes, smart ass comebacks and zingers.

Those movies, plus an uncredited punch up on action classic Predator, put Black on the kind of streak that made people wonder if he could do any wrong.  Turns out, he could.  1993 saw a million dollar pay cheque for a re-write on the floptacular Last Action Hero, before he scored a record breaking $4million for writing the monumental shit bomb that was The Long Kiss Goodnight.  The kind of movie that is only remembered and talked about today because of just how spectacularly it flopped. (more…)

MOVIE REVIEW | A Beautiful Mind (2001)

Beautiful Mind
“I find you attractive. Your aggressive moves toward me… indicate that you feel the same way. But still, ritual requires that we continue with a number of platonic activities… before we have sex. I am proceeding with these activities, but in point of actual fact, all I really want to do is have intercourse with you as soon as possible.”

At the 2002 Oscars, A Beautiful Mind won for Best Picture.   A Beautiful Mind won for Best Director.  A Beautiful Mind won Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Supporting Actress.   A Beautiful Mind was also nominated for Best Actor.  You know what movie seems to have been pretty much forgotten in 2015?   A Beautiful Mind.  It’s not uncommon for the Oscars to get it wrong, but in a year when I don’t think that was necessarily the case, it is rare for a movie so recent and so lauded at the time, to be so un-talked about now.  And now that I have finally seen A Beautiful Mind, I really don’t get that un-talked aboutness.


It’s the late 50s, and maths genius John Nash (Russell Crowe) has scored a spot studying at Princeton.  A little quirky, but not a total nutbar, he spends his time between hanging out with nerdy maths friends, hanging out with his partying room mate (Paul Bettany as Charles), and trying to create his own, original mathematics theories and formulas.  His genius is solidified when he creates a new concept of governing dynamics, initially used to help pick up chicks. (more…)

MOVIE REVIEW | Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (2003)

Master and Commander

“Right lads, now, I know there’s not a faint heart among you, and I know you’re as anxious as I am to get into close action. But we must bring them right up beside us before we spring this trap. That will test our nerve, and discipline will count just as much as courage.”

Russell Crowe must be one of the biggest residual movie stars in Hollywood today. He hasn’t had a big hit with him at the centre in a long, long time. But he still seems to be regarded as an A-lister. That was the first thing that came to mind when I realised that Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World was made in 2003, more than a decade ago. Because from what I remember, this thing died in the ass. As have most of Rusty’s big budget outings ever since. But he keeps on getting parts. And kind of like Rusty himself, Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World is unfairly overlooked by the film going audience.


It’s 1805, Napoleon’s running rampant across Europe and the British naval fleet is about the only thing that’s been able to resist his aggressions. His short man, feelings of inferiority fuelled aggressions. Off the coast of Brazil, Capt. Jack Aubrey (Crowe) is captaining the HMS Surprise. Also on board is the ship’s doctor, botanist, and Jack’s bestie, Paul Bettany as Dr Stephen Maturin. Soon under a sneak attack from, and badly damaged by, a rogue French ship, Jack’s quick thinking affords them a narrow escape into the fog, and Jack’s obsession for revenge is ignited. (more…)