Author: Lucas Nochez

Review: The Twilight Saga: Eclipse

As Bella whimsically recites the beautifully visual words of Robert Frost’s poem “Fire and Ice” in the first few minutes of Eclipse ‘s opening scenes, one cannot help but notice a not-so-subtle parallel between the meaning of the poem and the narrative of the franchise. And maybe that’s the point, but if it is, comparing anything by Robert Frost to Twilight might be seen as, well, a tad over-ambitious. And it is. Despite this hubris, however, Twilight: Eclipse is not only the best entry to the melodramatic vampire series, but also one entertaining summer movie. Nothing much has changed...

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Review: Harry Brown

Although the name  could be the ideal title for a porno film for the late 1970s, Harry Brown is a taut, intense “˜social-realist’ thriller intent on sending a message. Imagine a threesome between Liam Neeson’s Taken , Clint Eastwood’s Gran Torino and 2008’s art-house extraordinaire Hunger . The offspring of this awkward cinematic ménage-e-trios is Harry Brown .Although the film uses recycled cinematic clichés, director Daniel Barber succeeds for one reason only: His ability to mix independent styles into a script we have seen a million times before. Especially since Hollywood is caught up with the recent trend of...

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Review: The Back-Up Plan

Whose bright idea was it to base a feature length film on the basic premise that Jennifer Lopez can’t find a man in New York to be the father of her baby? For simple, ridiculous reason such as this, The Back-Up Plan is an incoherent, cheesy new entry to the rom-com genre that barely pushes its way off the cold screen it’s projected on. Lopez plays Zoe, a successful pet shop owner whose failed efforts to find a capable man in the big apple lead her to take drastic action at an artificial insemination clinic. But unfortunately, like all...

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Review: City Island

Some of the most typical Italian-American stereotypes can easily be noted in Raymond De Felitta’s City Island; The greased hair, the huge Italian feasts and the “˜what’s a matta with you?’ accents. But City Island is so much more than just a cheap comical account of an Italian family on the verge of figuring out a unanimous household identity. Like so many other dysfunctional family films before it, an emotional connection is the most effective way to connect with an audience when dealing with awkward individuals and convoluted identities within the patriarchal family archetype. Like many who have come...

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Review: She’s Out Of My League

Move over Michael Cera! Following in the footsteps of Cera and Christopher Mintz-Plasse in the role of bumbling, lovable nerd, Canadian born Jay Baruchel is making waves on the silver screen. His latest comedy, She’s Out of My League is Baruchel’s first lead comedic role, and proves that has finally reached the big leagues. Many fellow Canadians may always remember Baruchel in his childhood prime alongside Elisha Cuthbert in always insightful Popular Mechanics for Kids and episodes of the fan-favourite Are You Afraid of the Dark?, but Baruchel charmingly eases his way into your heart with his newest film....

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Review: The Messenger

If we were to compare two of the essential Iraq War/War on Terror films of 2009, two films would come to mind; The Oscar winning Hurt Locker and The Messenger. After being able to experience both in theatres, it is my deepest opinion that The Messenger was by miles the better of the two. It’s hard not to compare the two films. Both films take place within a war-torn post-9/11  United States  and both deal with the individual citizens of America who sacrifice so much for such a hollow cause. Completely overlooked by the Academy and other illustrious international...

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Review: Fish Tank

I could count in my head until my brain goes numb the amount of coming-of-age stories I have seen within the last couple of years. Being a somewhat young lad, I have come to the realization now that coming-of-age stories are not stories that are usually meant to relate to your own upbringing completely — that’s absurd. Rather these stories  should be a parable used to challenge adolescent individuals to make  decisions that would better their condition towards becoming adults. In Fish Tank , director Andrea Arnold should write the book on coming-of-age films because it ranks as one...

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