Review: Jumper or Teenage angst personified

Checkout out Jumper at the movies tonight. Was pretty good — probably not “magnificent”, but still a good piece of entertainment. With a storyline both innovative and familiar, it takes you into one of those classic “good vs evil” stories with a mechanism that is pretty damn interesting and visually very entertaining. Pretty good acting ...

Review: Ratatouille or Cooking is fun for everyone

Finally watching Ratatouille tonight, probably the last chance I had to watch anything up for Oscars before Monday. And it was as good as I expected, sometimes better, but really a unique film. I think that one of the most amazing things about Pixar overall is the way they’re able to make every single movie ...

Review: Juno — or Life doesn’t always fall to pieces when …

Saw Juno tonight, and as good as I’d heard it be to. Cute, funny, sweet and endearingly entertaining. Top notch cast, especially Ellen Page and JK Simmons. Excellecntly written and very likely to win an Oscar for that soon. With the little bit of moral outrage I’ve heard about for this movie, I was glad ...

TV: Life on Mars

… was the best new drama last year, and to my great surprise, ABC has put on the second season already. A good start, with Sam Tyler (John Simm) seemingly in a very bad way, and almost off the deep end, but recovering very nicely. Keeps the same great things about the first season, but ...

Underbelly: Reality vs fiction: your guide to the characters 30

Underbelly: Reality vs fiction: your guide to the characters
[Added May 8, 2009: What did I think of the new Underbelly series?] Underbelly, the Nine Network’s new multi-million dollar series debuting on February 13 at 8.30pm, is a dramatisation of the real life Melbourne crime wars of the 1990s and early 2000s. Blending the documented journalistic account from John Silvester and Andrew Rule’s series ...

Cloverfield review OR Blowing up New York is back in style

Checked out Cloverfield tonight — and was quite impressed. Seems as if it’s OK again to start trashing New York on film again if this is anything to go by. Cloverfield is smart, stylish and funny when it needed to be. It’s pretty damn scary at times too, offering a unique perspective on the moster/horror/disaster ...

Weeds: Selling pot for fun and profit

Caught up with many episodes of the great comedy/drama Weeds last night, watching the last four episodes of season two, and the first episode of season three. It works remarkably well as a drama, but even better as a comedy — it was definitely my favourite comedy last year. We’d only intended to watch 1-2 ...

TV: Best finished, best starting

While much of the TV world is on an unexpeted holiday, local TV will be springing back into action in the next few weeks. Our TV season starts again then, with a bunch of new local offerings, and plenty of new US stuff that hasn’t been here yet. Starting next week on Ten is “Burn ...
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