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Hanna

by mr sparkle on April 8, 2011 · 0 comments

in Film

The most immediately shocking thing about Hanna might be the movies that preceded it in director Joe Wright’s filmography. The young filmmaker’s other three films have been Pride & Predjudice, Atonement and The Soloist – all three have a varnished, classic feel to them; and though Atonement played with some technique, they all felt like they could have been Harvey Weinstein’s horse in the Oscar race any given year. Just look at their plots – one is based on a classic english novel, another is about teaching a man with mental disabilities how to function in the world while examining his troubled past.

On the other hand, Hanna is about a teenage girl who was trained by a secret-agent father to murder.

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Robin Hood

by mr sparkle on May 14, 2010 · 2 comments

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I’ve been asked by several friends and family members over the past week – “What’s the buzz on the new Robin Hood movie?”  Before I saw the movie, I simply replied that I hadn’t heard anything yet, but I expect at least decent things from its helmer, the iconic Ridley Scott.  He may have never matched the greatness of his early features Alien and Blade Hunter; but he’s always put out interesting work.  To say that movies like Black Hawk DownBody of Lies, and Matchstick Men will go down as his lesser works says a lot about the filmmaker.

So even though I thought the trailers presented little need for a retelling of the Robin Hood tale,  I trusted that Scott would make it worth my time.

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