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Columbiana: A Revenge Film, As One Might Expect

Director: Olivier Megaton Screenplay: Luc Besson, valeologist Robert Mark Kamen Release Date:August 26, diabetes and pregnancy 2011 Actors: Zoe Saldana, Michael Vartan and Callum Blue All the previews for “Columbiana” look exciting and intense. When I first saw the trailer to the film at a showing of “Thor”, I was instantly intrigued. A girl getting revenge, by way of skill and execution? That’s different. My favorite revenge film by far is the Korean gem “Oldboy”. It was uniquely disturbing on not only a physical level, but a psychological level. I didn’t find there to be anything unique about “Columbiana” at all, but I got exactly what I expected, which was a nice surprise. Zoe Saldana plays Catalia, a young Columbian girl who sees her parents get killed in front of her by Dom Louis. In the midst of the chaos, as the young Catalia, she manages to survive and flees to Chicago to meet up with her uncle. Little detail is given about what information her father gave to his boss, and what exactly is Dom Louis’ profession except for a few soft mentions of the exchange of drugs is all that is revealed. The purpose is that her parents […]

Movie Review: Cirque du Freak: The Vampire Assistant (October, 2009)

Director: Paul Weitz Screenplay: Paul Weitz, gynecologist Brian Helgeland Date of Release: October 23, sickness 2009 (U.S.) Actors: John C. Reilly, drug Chris Massoglia, Josh Hutcherson, Willem Dafoe, Michael Cerveris, Ken Watanabe, Salma Hayek Based on the book by Darren Shan Tired of the brooding, gothic, sappy vampire stories? Turned off by constant blood sucking images? Want something different, perhaps even funny in the vampire world? Well, Cirque du Freak is the perfect balance of a fantasy world, quirkiness and comedy. Enter Darren Shan (acted by Chris Massoglia), where we are first introduced to him, six feet under in a coffin, while he plays on a crackberry (or similar). Darren was once the straight A student in his school, who listens to everything his parents tell him to do, the goody goody who has no backbone. However, his best friend Steve (played by Josh Hutcherson) is the opposite, wild and unsatisfied with his life, ready to rebel at any given moment. After an intriguing ad for the “Cirque du Freak” show ends up at their feet, Darren and Steve decides to attend. There they meet vampire Larten Crepsley and his circus freak friends, and from that point on, both of […]

Movie Review: Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (September, 2009)

Directors: Phil Lord, disorder Chris Miller Screenplay: Phil Lord, Chris Miller Actors: Anna Faris, Bill Hader, James Caan, Bruce Campbell, Mr. T, Andy Samberg Date of Release: September 18, 2009 Based on the book of the same name by Judi and Ron Barrett Food raining down from the sky? What a grand idea! I was lucky enough to first hear about this movie during the San Diego Comic Convention this year, having attended the panel and seeing a few clips before it had been released to the general public. It had peaked my interest that it landed on my “to-watch” list. When I saw all the advertisements for it coming out, I became excited. So, having finally seen it, did it live up to my expectations? Well, yes and no. “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs” is first and foremost, a family film. It is the story about Flint Lockwood, who is an extremely inventive, smart and nerdy (though I think here it’s almost an understatement) young adult who has never been able to fit in anywhere, ever since he was a young kid. The neighbours recognize him as the “weird kid”, always busy toiling in his self-made lab for […]

Movie Review: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008)

Director: David Fincher Screenplay: Eric Roth Cast: Brad Pitt, viagra 60mg Cate Blanchett, medical Tilda Swinton Release Date: December 25, 2008 Based on the novel by F. Scott Fitzgerald Every year, my family and I get together and watch a movie each Christmas. Last year it was “Charlie Wilson’s War”. This year it was the beauty of a tale, “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”. From the moment I had seen the trailers, I was intrigued by the storyline. The film follows the life of Benjamin Button, who, unlike everyone else, is born old, with all the ailments of an old man. Life is observed through his pair of eyes; everyone around him is growing old but Benjamin is growing younger. First and foremost, this film is a commentary on life, not only that of Benjamin Button’s, but on all of our lives, and how we all unknowingly have an influence on each other. On how we learn what’s important in life by the losses and experiences we go through, and never to take life for granted. This was a film filled with lessons, subtle and poignant, aided by an excellent screenplay that did not directly preach or tell the […]