Movies reviews

  • The Princess

    Watched on

    4

    When a strong-willed princess refuses to wed the cruel sociopath, she is kidnapped and locked in a remote tower of her father’s castle. With her vindictive suitor intent on taking her father’s throne, the princess must save the kingdom.

    The Princess

    Review

    For a movie that is a simple vessel for action sequences it certainly lacks energy. I admire the attempt to retcon the medieval setting around a The Raid-style one-verses-hundreds actioner, but the budget really struggles to fill the vision. The sets are 90s TV-level of fakery and the CGI is outright inexcusable. +1 for the costume design.

    The cheesy first half is a slog but is redeemed a little by the final battle. Not really recommended unless you’ve run out of better things to watch, but it does have some redeeming qualities.

  • Odd Thomas

    Watched on

    6

    In a California desert town, a short-order cook with clairvoyant abilities encounters a mysterious man with a link to dark, threatening forces.

    Odd Thomas

    Review

    Easy to watch, intriguing premise and with some unusual stylistic choices. Overall, very Odd.

  • Archive

    Watched on

    6

    2038: George Almore is working on a true human-equivalent AI. His latest prototype is almost ready. This sensitive phase is also the riskiest. Especially as he has a goal that must be hidden at all costs.

    Archive

    Review

    The aesthetic was very reminiscent of Moon, with some elements of Mute randomly thrown in. If you like sci-fi it’s worth a watch, with some interesting elements. Really cool robot design and remote location. The ending is !!!

  • Tony Hawk: Until the Wheels Fall Off

    Watched on

    9

    Follows famous skater Tony Hawk's personal life, career and relationship with skateboarding, including never-before-seen footage and unprecedented access to Hawk, along with interviews with figures from the skateboarding world.

    Tony Hawk: Until the Wheels Fall Off

    Review

    Most people know Tony Hawk from the ultra-successful computer games and maybe from his X-Games wins or 900. The first half of the movie focuses on his very humble beginnings.

    It was interesting to learn of him being ostracised early in his career, from his style to his dad. He lacked respect from fellow skaters who were his peers. The documentary showcases Tony's raw talent, elevated by his ability to take crash after crash as he pushes to learn new and more complicated tricks.

    After winning over his peers and gaining success within the culture — winning competition after competition and joining the infamous Bones Brigade — the momentum shifted away from skateboarding and everyone saw a massive decline and a shock from what they’d known.

    Eventually, the popularity of skateboarding came back and so did success for Tony. From the highs of touring the world and landing a 900 in front of a watching world, the story hits hard with the emotional toll that being famous brings and the decisions that affected him as a person and father.

    The movie ends on the highs, with a brief mention of the global success of the computer game named and modelled after him — which is discussed in a lot more detail in a separate documentary — and catching up with his old crew.

    Taking hits always hurts, but they reflect on taking those risks at an older age. Some might call it foolish, but Rodney Mullen sums it up nicely; “embracing what they’ve done with their lives”.

    Overall, a really exceptional look at the life of Tony Hawk. There are so many stories that interweave and make this documentary an interesting watch. It would make a good pairing with the movie Lords of Dogtown.

  • Happy Christmas

    Watched on

    6

    After a break up, Jenny moves in with writer Kelly, her filmmaker husband, and their child. Despite a rocky start, Jenny's influence helps Kelly realize that an evolution in her life, career and relationship is necessary for her happiness.

    Happy Christmas

    Review

    A simple mumblecore movie. Anna Kendrick is perfect as the imposing messy sister. The story is a simple slice-of-life affair, there are moments that subverted my expectations. Although a little meandering in places, there are plenty of interesting discussions and interactions; my favourite has to be when they’re discussing an erotic novel — cheesy but eye-opening.