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Beardface Reviews: You’ll Want to Enter Duncan Jones’ Source Code

It’s Hitchcockian science-fiction with a throbbing pulse and a big heart. Some smart storytelling is belied by some sloppy storytelling  but Source Code is saved by great camera work, a runaway pace and engaging acting.

Might as well get this out of the way… Groundhog Day. There, I said it. It is mandatory to compare Source Code to the Bill Murray-Harold Ramis comedy right? Or is that just collective critic laziness where we’ve all turned into agents who can only describe films in terms of other films? There is ONE scene, one brief sequence in Source Code that makes you think of Groundhog Day… the rest, it’s in a league of it’s own (no, it’s not a female baseball movie either). Continue reading

This is the State of Rolling Stone’s Film Coverage…

Hunter S. Thompson would shoot himself in the face (again) if he could see the drivel coming out of the Rolling Stone film department… Hey Jann Wenner, I think it’s about time for a change.

Don’t worry, Pete’ll be able to find work on some dull television review show, making nifty puns and crackin’ wise with another suitably out of touch host. Continue reading

Beardface Reviews: Sucker Punch is Zack Snyder’s Dream and My Nightmare

Is Sucker Punch a good film? No, it’s actually pretty god damn terrible… more on that later… BUT if you plan to see it, and we mean at all, ever, you might as well see the full spectacle that only the cinema experience can provide.

Hold on though. We are not advocating seeing this movie. This is exactly what we expected from the ‘mind of’ or the ‘original vision of’ Zack Snyder (or whatever send-up they’re using) and sadly his M. Night trend continues with each new film. Sucker Punch is the epitome of style without substance, just simple eye candy that we couldn’t believe someone took a writing credit for… Continue reading

Beardface Reviews: I Want to be Friends with Paul… And Simon Pegg and Nick Frost Too.

It isn’t going to make you bust a gut (well, maybe once or twice) BUT it had me smiling the whole way through. Paul is the perfect example of how a comedy full of smiles, good characters and a fun story can be better than one with a few big guffaws and little else.

There’s no denying the Simon Pegg and Nick Frost chemistry. They are friends in real life and their hetero-love for each other comes across every time they pair up on the big-screen, whether working with the usual menage a trois with director Edgar Wright or, like with Paul, teaming up with a new director. The new director this time around is Greg Mottola, the man behind Superbad and Adventureland (as well as plenty of Undeclared and Arrested Development). Continue reading

Beardface Reviews: Red Riding Hood… If Twilight and The Village Had A Baby (We Wished They Aborted)

This fairy tale re-imagining from Twilight director Catherine Harwicke tries so damn hard to capture that supernatural-teen-angst-love audience that it loses every shred of credibility along the way.  This cliche-fest tries to take the Twilight mold and re-shape the story so that our lovely young female lead (in this case, Amanda Seyfried) again gets involved in a supernatural relationship but this time, instead of sparkly vamps, it’s with a talking werewolf (yes, talking). Let the brooding begin…

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