Rip It Up

Rating Title | Year Quote Author
1 94%

Her (2013)

"With funny work from Chris Pratt as Theodore's boss and fine performances from Amy Adams as his mousey friend and Phoenix himself, this had the capacity to become darker but Jonze isn't interested in being nasty."

Posted Jan 23, 2014

David 'Mad Dog' Bradley

2 12%

47 Ronin (2013)

"This lumbering vanity vehicle for star Keanu Reeves (50 this year!) features him looking as miserable and bored as the audience."

Posted Jan 23, 2014

David 'Mad Dog' Bradley

3 64%

August: Osage County (2013)

"Directed by John Wells (whose The Company Men also features a dark edge), this plays at first like a slightly sad character comedy but then turns surprisingly nasty, with Streep portraying about the most poisonous character in her entire career."

Posted Jan 9, 2014

David 'Mad Dog' Bradley

4 46%

The Book Thief (2013)

"Narrated by Roger Allam, we follow Liesel, an orphan adopted by a family in a small German village in 1938. The result is a finely-played WW2 drama with a little awkwardness and a central literary device that doesn't quite work. "

Posted Jan 9, 2014

David 'Mad Dog' Bradley

5 94%

Stranger by the Lake (2014)

"Never leaving the isolated location and with uneasy detail that doesn't distract from the main plot, Guiraudie's film eventually turns scary when a body washes up and a detective (Jérôme Chappatte) starts snooping around and asking probing questions."

Posted Jan 9, 2014

David 'Mad Dog' Bradley

6 79%

Saving Mr. Banks (2013)

"Many have already raved about how this it distorts the truth about the relationship between 'Uncle Walt' Disney and PL Travers (AKA Helen Lyndon Goff), and yet it is enjoyable - as long as you accept that it's sheer fantasy."

Posted Jan 9, 2014

David 'Mad Dog' Bradley

7 93%

American Hustle (2013)

"Very funny but not quite a comedy (as the Golden Globes seem to think), this factually-based effort is a veritable who's who of stars he's worked with before, and they're all in fine, fashion-disaster form."

Posted Dec 18, 2013

David 'Mad Dog' Bradley

8 38%

Delivery Man (2013)

"Managing the same generous laughs and difficult shifts in tone (especially when we meet David's son Ryan), this seems to annoy purists due to the presence of Vaughn who, it's true, has been dire in some awful movies."

Posted Dec 11, 2013

David 'Mad Dog' Bradley

9 93%

The Spectacular Now (2013)

"This low-budget production is all about the performances, with Kyle Chandler turning up late in the piece as Sutter's father, Smashed's Mary Elizabeth Winstead as his slightly snobby sister and a cool supporting cast of appealing young 'uns."

Posted Dec 11, 2013

David 'Mad Dog' Bradley

10 67%

How I Live Now (2013)

"This latest from director Kevin Macdonald (of pics like The Last King Of Scotland and State Of Play) is drawn from a 'young adult' novel by Meg Rosoff but, surprisingly, proves rather more adult than expected."

Posted Dec 8, 2013

David 'Mad Dog' Bradley

11 49%

Carrie (2013)

"This classic worm-turns tale rights a few of the original's wrongs and offers a sad and scary performance by Moretz, although she's almost upstaged by Moore, whose misogynist Bible-bashing is more extreme than Piper Laurie's in the original."

Posted Dec 4, 2013

David 'Mad Dog' Bradley

12 99%

20 Feet From Stardom (2013)

"While major names turn up for interviews (a gracious Bruce Springsteen, a funny Mick Jagger, a technical Sting), this is primarily all about these unsung singers, especially the great Darlene Love, who began her career under contract to Phil Spector."

Posted Nov 25, 2013

David 'Mad Dog' Bradley

13 96%

Enough Said (2013)

"No matter how he looks in the film, Gandolfini's Albert is so unbelievably sweet and sincere and nice that it's impossible not to be charmed by him, and to wonder what might have been."

Posted Nov 25, 2013

David 'Mad Dog' Bradley

14 37%

The Fifth Estate (2013)

"This might play the saga as a psychodrama with a bit of Bourne and even 'bromance' and yet, nevertheless, it works, and Cumberbatch is as close as you'll get to Assange without being arrested."

Posted Nov 13, 2013

David 'Mad Dog' Bradley

15 33%

A Perfect Plan (Un plan parfait) ()

"Kruger (a long way from Inglourious Basterds) and Boon obviously think they're very amusing here in scenes of embarrassing slapstick, but director Pascal (Heartbreaker) Chaumeil has a comic touch that's as light as a français sledgehammer."

Posted Nov 6, 2013

David 'Mad Dog' Bradley

16 65%

Thor: The Dark World (2013)

"Chris Hemsworth's third go at playing god/superhero/whatever Thor is still fun enough, and new director Alan Taylor knows that there has to be gags sprinkled liberally throughout, or all that pompous Asgardian stuff will get awfully dull."

Posted Nov 6, 2013

David 'Mad Dog' Bradley

17 93%

Captain Phillips (2013)

"A dramatic thriller that's also a 'message movie' concerned with the effects of globalisation, this offers fine work from Hanks in serious mode, although the whole thing is stolen from him on a grand scale by Abdi."

Posted Oct 30, 2013

David 'Mad Dog' Bradley

18 29%

Machete Kills (2013)

"Multi-tasker Robert Rodriguez sequelises his Machete, originally a joke trailer in Grindhouse, and manages one of his most messy and (even for this sort of nonsense) ludicrous efforts."

Posted Oct 30, 2013

David 'Mad Dog' Bradley

19 94%

Blancanieves (2013)

"Inspired, perhaps, by The Artist, writer/director/producer Pablo Berger's handsome Spanish production (with English subtitles) updates the Grimm Brothers Snow White tale to the world of 1920s bullfighting - and, well, why not?"

Posted Oct 30, 2013

David 'Mad Dog' Bradley

20 88%

Alan Partridge (2014)

"Diehard Partridge fanatics should be warned that Coogan's creation is considerably less grotesque here than in former TV incarnations, and there are even attempts to make him likeable - or, at least, stop him crooning '80s pop anti-classics."

Posted Oct 23, 2013

David 'Mad Dog' Bradley

21 69%

About Time (2013)

"Director Richard Curtis' third film in the top job is a more daring effort than the more conventional (and messy) Love Actually, with a central plot conceit handled in a fashion that's more pointed than those misled by the trailer might be expecting."

Posted Oct 23, 2013

David 'Mad Dog' Bradley

22 8%

Diana (2013)

"Hirschbiegel turns to another dead celebrity with this biopic, following the plight of Princess Di in the last 2 years of her life. The biggest problem here isn't the 'daring' behind chronicling her hidden loves, but the sheer awkwardness of it all."

Posted Oct 10, 2013

David 'Mad Dog' Bradley

23 89%

Rush (2013)

"With fine performances, extraordinary evocations of key races, a sweaty '70s feel and a celebratory aspect as we fondly remember two diehard nutters, this isn't called Rush for nothing."

Posted Oct 9, 2013

David 'Mad Dog' Bradley

24 97%

Gravity (2013)

"Hugely moving and even, at times, terrifying, this is, without a doubt, the best mainstream American pic of the year thus far - gasp!"

Posted Oct 9, 2013

David 'Mad Dog' Bradley

25 26%

Planes (2013)

"Beautifully (duh!) and expensively (duh squared!) animated, this has its charms, but ultimately gets a little yawn-worthy, with too many characters, too much going on and too many unanswered questions."

Posted Oct 3, 2013

David 'Mad Dog' Bradley

26 95%

Stories We Tell (2013)

"This is a hard-to-classify and very personal doco, a study of the stories families tell each other and the stories we tell ourselves, regardless of whether either are in any way 'true'."

Posted Oct 3, 2013

David 'Mad Dog' Bradley

27 54%

Lovelace (2013)

"Star/co-producer Amanda Seyfried is strong in this 'Linda Lovelace' biopic from co-directors Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman, but she's not quite right, with her gorgeous, goo-goo-eyes looking quite unlike the homelier, less glam Linda."

Posted Oct 3, 2013

David 'Mad Dog' Bradley

28 74%

The East (2013)

"Marling's committed performance is offset slightly by Skarsgård's glumness and the 'surprise' casting of Page, who plays the part like Juno grown up (sort of) and turned vengeful communist psychopath."

Posted Sep 29, 2013

David 'Mad Dog' Bradley

29 67%

Turbo (2013)

"The latest DreamWorks animation epic Turbo offers gorgeous imagery (duh), a nifty star vocal cast, some sweet gags and a plot that, even by these proudly fantasy-heavy standards, is pretty damn silly. But anyway..."

Posted Sep 24, 2013

David 'Mad Dog' Bradley

30 59%

Mood Indigo (2014)

"Much like Gondry's infuriating The Science Of Sleep, this has impressive animation sequences and expensive quirks but eventually proves too much to bear, leaving you feeling that your mind's turning to paté de foie gras."

Posted Sep 19, 2013

David 'Mad Dog' Bradley

31 91%

Blue Jasmine (2013)

"Writer/director Woody Allen's latest in his burst of 70-something creativity (after last year's To Rome With Love) is one of his best and darkest outings in years, "

Posted Sep 19, 2013

David 'Mad Dog' Bradley

32 13%

R.I.P.D. (2013)

"Bridges has fun slumming here, but even he can't save it from kicking the bucket about halfway through."

Posted Sep 19, 2013

David 'Mad Dog' Bradley

33 58%

Riddick (2013)

"The third installment in Vin Diesel's adventures as über-badass, glowing contacts-wearing murderer Riddick begins like the original Pitch Black, then turns into something like a low-grade slasher movie with tedious Chronicles Of Riddick-like dialogue."

Posted Sep 19, 2013

David 'Mad Dog' Bradley

34 47%

We're The Millers (2013)

"This has a script that initially manages a surprise or two and nearly makes you like the characters until the ideas (or the dope) run out, and everyone's forced to ham it up, swear their heads off and drop their pants for serious scrotum jokes."

Posted Aug 20, 2013

David 'Mad Dog' Bradley

35 68%

Elysium (2013)

"Although many will enjoy the grisly violence and Damon's understated performance, what's most striking here is this one's fearless satire, and how it unexpectedly mirrors the situation in Australia when it comes to 'boat people.'"

Posted Aug 20, 2013

David 'Mad Dog' Bradley

36 50%

Now You See Me (2013)

"This surprisingly witty, deliciously well-played and sneakily subversive outing from director Louis Letterier freaks out a little into its final act but, nevertheless, ranks as one of the year's most entertaining pics."

Posted Aug 15, 2013

David 'Mad Dog' Bradley

37 60%

The Bling Ring (2013)

""While many loved Coppola's earliest pics, no one was happy with Marie Antoinette and many loathed Somewhere, and this based-on-fact latest again opts for a cheesy study of fame with characters who almost dare you to like them.""

Posted Aug 14, 2013

David 'Mad Dog' Bradley

38 85%

The Way Way Back (2013)

"This is all seen through near-unknown James' eyes, and he makes Duncan a credible, even likeable 'hero' even while his inexpressive sullenness drives you mad."

Posted Aug 8, 2013

David 'Mad Dog' Bradley

39 ——

Cosmic Psychos: Blokes You Can Trust (2013)

"Intriguing and even enlightening if you don't know the Psychos' music (and you could be forgiven if you don't), this reveals Knight as a true-blue philosopher."

Posted Aug 8, 2013

David 'Mad Dog' Bradley

40 70%

Greetings From Tim Buckley (2013)

"The atmosphere of Algrant's film is detached, as though filmed underwater, which is fitting for Buckley's mood."

Posted Aug 8, 2013

David 'Mad Dog' Bradley

41 95%

Behind the Candelabra (2013)

"With a lovely musical score by Marvin Hamlisch and Douglas and Damon perfectly comfortable with, you know, the gay thing, this is less surprising in its depiction of Liberace as a rampant queen than its authorised view of him as a complete bastard."

Posted Aug 4, 2013

David 'Mad Dog' Bradley

42 69%

The Wolverine (2013)

"It's Hugh's movie, and he's in formidable form, whether chatting with the dead Jean Grey, skewering multiple baddies, clinging to a bullet train's roof or performing seriously ouchy auto-surgery."

Posted Aug 4, 2013

David 'Mad Dog' Bradley

43 30%

The Lone Ranger (2013)

""This is also notable for a sympathetic depiction of Amerindians that attempts to appease those who might be offended by Tonto. It also proves that FX steam trains are really, really dull.""

Posted Jul 16, 2013

David 'Mad Dog' Bradley

44 72%

Pacific Rim (2013)

""This does lack a little soul, but it hardly matters, as the full-throttle, über-monstrous fun more than makes up for it.""

Posted Jul 16, 2013

David 'Mad Dog' Bradley

45 34%

The Internship (2013)

"A pair of ace but now 40-ish salesmen are fired by their boss due to the whole 'Digital Age' thing, leaving them to desperately look for work which leads to, of course, their totally improbable acceptance into an internship at Google headquarters."

Posted Jun 16, 2013

David 'Mad Dog' Bradley

46 93%

Still Mine (2013)

"And while there are suggestions that it might get into darker territory, like Sarah Polley's Away From Her, this is more about how hard it can be to love someone for such a long time - and what it's like to be as stubborn as a damn mule."

Posted Jun 4, 2013

David 'Mad Dog' Bradley

47 49%

The Great Gatsby (2013)

"The biggest problem here is the quartet of Leo, Tobey, Carey and Joel stuck with such pain-in-the-arse characters. And all the amusingly anachronistic soundtracking, gorgeous production design and cinematic gloriousness can't make up for that, old sport."

Posted Jun 4, 2013

David 'Mad Dog' Bradley

48 43%

The Call (2013)

"With another whopper plot, this one's saved by a strong turn from Berry, a convincingly panicked performance by Breslin and, as one of the more incompetent screen villains in some time, Eklund."

Posted May 26, 2013

David 'Mad Dog' Bradley

49 81%

The Place Beyond The Pines (2013)

"Cianfrance uses the film's gritty visuals to enhance the character's experiences, starting with a vibe reminiscent of a 90's thrash metal video clip, then moving into police footage territory before ultimately setting a wistful tone for the third act."

Posted May 20, 2013

David 'Mad Dog' Bradley

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