Author Archive for Marty Yates

25
May
10

Brothers

 This film surprised us all. We played it with “Hurt Locker”, so expected a bit of a letdown after watching the 2010 best picture oscar winner. But weren’t we pleasantly surprised. As expected Jake Gyllenhaal does a great job well supported by Natalie Portman and Toby Maguire. A little bit predictable but a great film nonetheless 8/10

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25
May
10

The Hurt Locker

 As the winner of this years best picture Oscar you would expect this to be an entertaining and thought provoking film. And you would be right. I don’t know if it will stand the test of time, or be elevated into the ranks of “Platoon” or “Apocalypse Now” but a very good fiilm. 8.5/10

18
May
10

Kick Ass

I loved this film, Heidi hated it. I don’t think there would be a middle position for anyone. You will either love it or hate it. It is a bit silly, it is a bit over the top, but it is very well done with lots of subtle references to popular films and juicy bits of pop culture. While being a bit of a spoof  movie it handles the task unlike no other film before it.  We may even have a new genre here – the spoof comedy drama.  And Hit Girl deserves a movie all to herself I think!

Although not for everyone I still rate it highly.

8/10

18
May
10

Green Zone

The Iraq/Afghanistan/War on Terror/Search for WMD films are really starting to appear now aren’t they? This offering starrring Matt Damon although definately not the best film this year, not even the best Iraq/Afghanistan/War on Terror/Search for WMD film this year, does an acceptable job. You wouldn’t write home about it, but you wouldn’t leave disappointed either.

Watchable. 6/10

18
May
10

Clash of the Titans

It was big. There were swords. There were men in skirts. There was even a giant scorpion. Not my kind of movie, but it seemed to do it’s job. Sam Worthington killed everything he had to kill, saved the day and got the girl. All while wearing a skirt. Hero.

6.5/10

18
May
10

Cop Out

I didn’t expect much from this film. The tagline was “Rock out with your Glock Out” It had Bruce Willis in it, as well as the obligatory wisecracking comedic sidekick. Then I discovered it was directed by Kevin Smith. He was the guy responsibe for “Clerks”, “Chasing Amy”, “Mallrats” etc . So I then realised that the title was in fact a reference to the career move that Kevin Smith had taken by making this movie.

3/10

04
May
10

Bran Nue Dae

This was a fun film. I had people dancing on the back of utes. In fact I don’t think i’ve ever seen the crowd interect with a film so much. Everybody loved it. Even the people who came to watch the other film, “The Blind Side” enjoyed “Bran Nue Dae” more.

It’s a fast paced, colourful typically Aussie film. It’s what we do best.  Aussie cinema is not Hollywood, and will never be. We make quirky, colourful films about Australia and Australian subjects. And this is a very good example of that.

Admittedly it may be a bit over edited and short at 88 mins, some of the characters could have been expanded on a little. Some may say it is over acted. BUT ITS A MUSICAL! – It’s supposed to be overacted.  magda Szubanski and Deborah Mailman overact brilliantly. They take the stereotypical and throw it back in your face as comedy.

A brilliant Aussie Film, support Aussie film making and see this one at least a couple of times. 9/10