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Movie Ratings and Reviews

Crimson Peak
Crimson Peak(2015)

Final thoughts on 'Crimson Peak': Brutal. Sad. Romantic. Intriguing (with a forbidden eroticism that is almost titillating). Heartbreaking. Visually stunning. Bittersweet. - all the elements of a perfect Gothic Romance thriller.

Black Mass
Black Mass(2015)
½

'Black Mass' (#BlackMass) is worth seeing even if only for Johnny Depp's riveting performance alone. Film itself is never boring, but rather stark and gritty and tense with moments of 'what's gonna happen / what's he gonna do next.' Definitely one of JD's best films and solid character portrayals of late.

Kingsman: The Secret Service
½

'Kingsman' is (literally and figuratively) 'Bloody' (emphasis on 'bloody') Good! Brilliant Kickass Clever Graphic Funny Thrilling Spy Action. Definitely a Should See!

Selma
Selma(2015)
½

'Selma' is a MUST SEE! Compelling. Riveting. Bittersweet. Well done. Tugs at the emotions and almost doesn't let go. A 5 or more Kleenex kind of film. Definitely should be seen.

John Wick
John Wick(2014)
½

"Baba Yaga." / "What? John Wick's the Boogeyman?" / "No. John Wick is the guy you send to 'kill' the Boogeyman."
John Wick' is quick on the draw and quick on the wit. Fun, Entertaining. Pow Pow Action packed thrill ride. Keanu, full on bad-ass, does not disappoint.

Horns
Horns(2014)

'Horns' was an interesting dark romantic black comedy horror. Good and weird. Funny and at times even a bit shocking in the unexpected. Granted it may not be for everyone. And Radcliffe was devilishly good in the role.

Lucy
Lucy(2014)

Found 'Lucy' ok at best. It was interesting in a good weird way (and as it's a Luc Besson film that was to be expected) but... though it had potential, and started strong, I think it could have been better. I felt it was lacking a certain "something". More depth probably, esp. in exploring the theory it put forward. I think it tried to strike a balance between being an action film and thinking piece, and only came 'so far' on both ends... (2011's 'Limitless' with Bradley Cooper, which had a similar theme, was much better executed)... And as good an actress as Scarlet is, I wasn't always feeling her here (it was originally supposed to be Angelina in the role, and I can't help but think that Angie would have been more believable a/o given a stronger performance). In the end, as in the beginning, I found 'Lucy' only 'OK'.

Mommy
Mommy(2015)
½

Xavier Dolan's 'Mommy' is a bittersweet, heart-warming-and-breaking Masterpiece. A definite 'Must See'! #XavierDolan #Mommy

Guardians of the Galaxy
½

Guardians was brilliant! Entertaining. Fun. Funny. Action packed. Did I say Funny & with plenty ("I am Groot")
And of course for any Marvel movie fans who have seen other Marvel films before it and know the arc(s), will discover clues, revelations and homages of things past and/or things to come. I'm already looking forward to the next installment (and itching with intrigued to know something particular that pertains to 'Star Lord')
#GotG is definitely a 'should see', and a 'should see more than once' too!

12 Years a Slave

'12 Years a Slave' is a powerful film. Laying bare the harrowing reality of the time and specifically Solomon's plight. Beautiful and brutal at the same time. And notably, Michael Fassbender delivers an incredible performance.

Don Jon
Don Jon(2013)
½

'Don Jon' was actually a pleasant surprise. What started out looking like a cliché boy/girl romantic comedy, took a deeper (though not overwhelmingly deep) turn into self awareness and (human) connection. Though some repetitive scenes could have been cut down/cut out, I found it rather thought-provoking/introspective.

Gravity
Gravity(2013)
½

'Gravity' is edge-of-your seat intense! Terrifying while at the same time breathtaking in its expansiveness. Bittersweet. Hopeful and hopeless. Overall very compelling. A #MustSee!

Byzantium
Byzantium(2013)

Gothic. Sexy. Thrilling, yet w/ heart. Riveting performance by the young lead female Saoirse Ronan. The contrast between vampire mother and daughter and the conflict of their morals, wants and desires, well played.

Lee Daniels' The Butler
½

Good film. Emotional & poignant at times. Bittersweet at others. Recommended.

Blue Jasmine
Blue Jasmine(2013)
½

'Blue Jasmine' was brilliant. Another winner for Allen. The film was all at once, funny, touching, heartbreaking and bittersweet. Cate Blanchett brought much depth and vulnerability to her character it may stay with you a while after.

This Is the End

'This Is The End' is High-larious! Irreverent, and hilarious. Some 'ewww' moments, but mostly guffaws. And the numerous unexpected cameos... Oh poor Michael Cera and Channing Tatum. ?This is the End?... 'of the world as we know it', and you may just die laughing.

Kiss Of The Damned

Found 'Kiss of the Damned' subtle, sexy & savage (at all the right points) with mood somewhat like 'We Are The Night' (Wir sind die Nacht)

Pathology
Pathology(2008)
½

It was okay. Suspense, blood and gore violence (enough for a thriller. Not as much as say in a hard core horror.) Watched it mainly as a fan of/for Ventimiglia and Milano.

Fast & Furious 6
½

Lots of eye candy and action keeps audience entertained.

Star Trek Into Darkness

'Star Trek Into Darkness' was Amazing! Action packed and thrilling. Just as good as the first re-boot if not better. Great cast chemistry as before... and Benedict Cumberbatch's performance, outstanding!

Iron Man 3
Iron Man 3(2013)
½

'Star Trek Into Darkness' was Amazing! Action packed and thrilling. Just as good as the first re-boot if not better. Great cast chemistry as before... and Benedict Cumberbatch's performance, outstanding!

Jack the Giant Slayer
½

#JacktheGiantSlayer was a delight. Full of adventure, suspense and the unexpected. A "should" see in my book. A romantic fantasy adventure right 'up there' (for me anyway) along with 'Ever After', 'Stardust' and the classic 'The Princess Bride'.

Stardust
Stardust(2007)

Wow! What a beautifully magical movie! Touching and at the same time funny [even laugh out loud, at times]. Full of adventure, suspense and the unexpected. A "should" see! Even if you're not a fantasy aficionado.

Cloud Atlas
Cloud Atlas(2012)
½

''What is an ocean but a multitude of drops?'' - Cloud Atlas... is Beautiful, Brutal, Funny, Symphonic, Poetic, Disquieting, Hopeful, Touching... Though it may not be for everyone.

Inception
Inception(2010)

Am I awake?... Or am I dreaming? Can an idea, once planted, mean life or death?

Recently saw "Inception" and can't "wake" (I mean "wait") to see it again! One word: Brilliant!

Astounding, even. With suspense, thrills and action, definitely makes you "consciously think" as you watch. I've heard some comparing it to The Matrix and Vanilla Sky. For me it was less Matrix, more "Dark City"-esque! That is to say, in terms cinematographic mood and feel, not plot.

The ending of this film, left me feeling similar to that of "Shutter Island"... with more questions and wanting more.

Eye openingly Brilliant! Would indeed, "dream" of seeing it again!

Toy Story 3
Toy Story 3(2010)

Andy's all grown up and the toys must cope with this. Wonderful, as usual, as per the other 2 before it (though surprisingly dark in some instances) and a bit of a tear jerker! :'( But very good nonetheless.

Grown Ups
Grown Ups(2010)

Funnier than expected!

The Twilight Saga: Eclipse
½

Better than expected, as compared to the others in the series (but that's not saying much, considering I'm not a fan of Meyers books to begin with). If the director of this one, had done the other two, they may have turned out just as good, at least cinematographically.Better than expected, as compared to the others in the series (but that's not saying much, considering I'm not a fan of Meyers books to begin with). If the director of this one, had done the other two, they may have turned out just as good, at least cinematographically.

The Bourne Ultimatum

Seen it! Loved it! need I say more?

It's DEFINATELY a must see, if you hvn't already!

Amélie
Amélie(2001)

Also known as : le fabuleux destin d'Amelie Poulain.

A Magical movie.
I enjoy it every time.

And hving been to places in Paris where about it was filmed, it's even more magically special.

Beowulf
Beowulf(2007)

So I went to see this movie last nite, and even today it's still with me.
Not only due to the special 3D motion capture... [and it was my very 1st time viewing a 3D film by the way]... but also due to the nature of the story itself.
The frailty of humanity in the face of temptation and the price paid thereafter.

This film is worth seeing!

Kuraingu furîman (Crying Freeman)

I saw this anime several years ago [I was about 14yrs]. It was my 1st ever intro. to the Japanime genre, and I was hooked on amine ever since.
To this day, I consider it one of the best.

Brokeback Mountain

As if in a sense of mourning for the loss of Ledger, I rented "Brokeback Mountain" for the first time since its release in 2005.
Though I had wished I could have seen it back then, this time was probably the more opportune time to have done so, as the bittersweet nature of the film, combined with Ledger's recent passing, made the sadness of the situation that unfolded [in the film], all that more poignant and ultimately heartbreaking... and finally, for the first time all week since hearing the news (of his death), finally I was able to cry.

The film itself is one of the kind that pulls at the heart and stays with you forever [I know it'll stay with me].
The touching story of two cowboys who fall in love, despite the taboo, in the year 1963. Jack twist (Jake Gyllenhaal) and Ennis Del mar (Heath Ledger).

The film was less about just "two gay cowboys", and much more about LOVE and longing, pure and simple.
The kind of love that transcends: repression, questioning, culture, sex, hetero/homo sexuality and society's norms and standards.

The love shared between the two, (as taboo as it would have been considered in that time and more over in that region of the US), was tantamount to a soul love, i.e. a love stripped of all its repression and questioning and uninhibited by "body"... in other words, free like the Brokeback mountains themselves.

One couldn't help but feel the pain and loss or the desperation and passion of both characters, and with each character.

One couldn't help but shed tears at/by the end at Ennis' loss of Jack through death... and of the world's loss through death of Heath Ledger!

Casanova
Casanova(2005)

This movie was a delight and an unexpected one at that. When I rented it, I wasn't expecting much if any thing at all, but by the end it turned out to be funny, philosopical , full of adventure and heartwarming [to use an old cliche].
I definately recommend you give it a go if you hvn't already... if you hv, then give it a go again!

Cowboy Bebop: The Movie (Kaubôi Bibappu: Tengoku no Tobira)

Killer Anime, killer sound track. Beautifully drawn. And cool as hell!
Be sure to check out the 1998 Tv series too.

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
½

'Twas good, but not as good as expected.
The chase sceens were thrilling, esp. the one with Indie and Mutt on the motor bike.
But the end kinda fell short (to me).

The Incredible Hulk
½

Definitely a should see!

It was a whole lot better than the "other" one, [ not that they should even be compared], with a few special surprises, i.e. cameos and an ending that leaves you wanting and looking fwd to more.
Norton, with his usual brilliance of acting, brings a certain profound depth to the character of Bruce Banner, that was not seen in Ang Lee's version.

Overall an enjoyable film!

Sex and the City

It was surprisingly really good, but woMAN what a roller coaster ride of emotion!
I hadn't expected to be wiping my eyes so many times, and they weren't happy tears... no, more like bitter, bitter then sweet... I literally had to have me a drink [Cosmopolitan, no less] by the end of the movie!

Some "filler" parts could have been cut out to make it shorter.
Looking fwd to if they do another, but hopefully more focus will be on Samantha!

American Psycho
½

This film still gives me chills every time I think on it, esp. considering the "did he or didn't he" scenario!
Morbidly funny too at some points!

Romeo + Juliet

I sooo love this film, as I do most of Baz Luhrmann's work (e.g.: Moulin Rouge, Strictly Ballroom).

DiCaprio brought a really believable passion to the role of Romeo, and Danes, as Juliet, played the role beautifully ( as she has done as well in more recent roles, e.g.: Stage Beauty and StarDust).

Luhrmann's modernization of the setting is also a primary driving force of the film.

Wanted
Wanted(2008)
½

I went, not knowing what to expect, and was pleasantly surprised.
Interesting plot twist.
Open ended,which may lead to a sequel.
Rather graphic in terms of the blood and violence ( with some cringe worthy moments), but stylish and cool nonetheless.

McAvoy's character (Wes) was well played, esp. in the beginning when he doesn't understand what or why it's all happening to him.
His constant apologetic manner is endearing
and funny!

Hancock
Hancock(2008)

It was okay. I found it, funny and interesting!

Labyrinth
Labyrinth(1986)
½

I love love love this movie!
One of my all time favourite fantasy films.
I just love the music, and the magical settings... and Bowie as the goblin king...
Wonderful, touching and funny!

The Birds
The Birds(1963)

This is one of my all time favourite Hitchcock films, due to the nature (literally) of the subject(s) therein.

It gave me chills as a little girl watching for the first time at 9 yrs old, and still does to this day when I re-watch it.
And every time I do (re-watch it), I never look at "birds" the same way again!... (for a while at least).

Arsenic and Old Lace

Cary Grant is one of my all time fave actors from back in the day, and his performance in this classic makes no exception.
One of the/his funniest ( I'm laughing in memory even as I write this).
The entire movie was hilarious!!

Kingdom of Heaven
½

This to me was a great film, and it was the message of the film,that to me, was the most important. I has actually left the cinema rather saddened after seeing it the first time, knowing that the world is not a better, peaceful, loving place as I / we would like it to be, and that in itself is lamentable, as it seems more and more that very few learn from their mistakes, or even try to do better by each other, after the fact.
As to loosely quote from the film: "The Kingdom of heaven, is not a place of brick and stone, but lies within each and everyone (heart and mind) and whosoever shall know this, shall find it,". The sooner we come to realize that, the sooner we shall find peace with ourselves and each other, and to use a relevant quote of Max Ehrmann, Desiderata/Strive to be Happy, 1952:
"Therefore be at peace with God,
whatever you conceive Him to be,
and whatever your labors and aspirations,
in the noisy confusion of life keep peace with your soul."

House of Flying Daggers

-BEAUTIFUL! SPECTACULAR! ARTISTIC! TRAGIC! -

There are not words enough to describe this awesome film.

Visually stunning cinematography, close to rivaling "Hero", with its' kaleidoscope of colours; but moreover, a storyline worthy of being compared to Shakespeare.

The plot unexpectedly twists and turns [not unlike the martial arts action itself therein], resulting in an outcome/climax that, both literally and figuratively "stabs at the heart", leaving it bleeding tears or crying blood.

- INTRIGUING! DECEPTIVE! STUNNING! FANTASTIC! -

A Dirty Shame

"I'm Sylvia Stickles, and I've got the itch!"
So I went to see "A Dirty Shame" at it's screening, and I had had no idea what to expect... A woman becomes a sex addict after being hit on the head... Innocent enough right?

But boy, what a delightful
ttickle-your-sexy-funny bone surprise the unexpected was!

I left the cinema with a bemused smile on my face as my memory recounted all the delightfully raunchy aspects and scenes of this film,(even now, as I write this, I can't help but laugh): "Sex A-D-D-I-C-T-S are among us, everywhere", and we might as well convert, as they will soon take over the world.

Tracy Ullman was perfect as the newly converted "apostle", the last link to the "sex-surrection".
And who better to play the angelic (or should I say devilish) sex saint & sexual healer Ray Ray, than Johnny Knoxville (gleam in eye and all!)

There are many hilariously classic moments in this film (certainly gives new visual meaning to the words "trouser snake"), but they're all to numerous to mention.

This was John Waters as his usual quirky best, and it is definitely one for the books, right down to it's explosively "climactic" ending!

A definite "Should See"!

Immortal
Immortal(2004)
½

It flowed like poetry. like the poetry Nikopol recited in his moments.

Although it was not the best film of its genre, it was still worth the watching. It was indeed like the pages of a graphic novel brought to life. The seamless, articulated blend and interaction of animation and live action.

The story was intriguing in its mystery, and the sub-plots made it just that more interesting. With punctuations of wry humour: "Go fuck yourself Horus". "Yes but we must fuck her first" <-- [dialogue to that effect], and instants of genuine humanity.

I would say it fell short only with leaving the feeling of wanting more, wanting an addendum to the Ad Vitam.

Paris Je T'aime
½

Amazing, beautiful, wonderful, touching, funny... to may words needed to describe!!!

Knocked Up
Knocked Up(2007)
½

After about 1 1/2 I finally got to see it, and i'd admit, it wasn't too bad.
Pretty funny, sometimes too raunchy (but I think that was to be expected), but over all, did give a nice perspective on how two ppl can "make it work" ) if they tried.

Equilibrium
Equilibrium(2002)
½

Great concept, enjoyable action scenes delivered esp. by Bale.

V for Vendetta
½

I rather enjoyed this. Well scripted and acted with a relevant message for today's society/world.

The Butterfly Effect

I didn't give this the time of day when it was released, but on the urging of a friend, dcided to give it a try and was glad I did.
It was definately intriguing!

The Covenant
The Covenant(2006)
½

This could have been so much better! Weak plot, weaker acting.

Twilight
Twilight(2008)

I'd call it, Twi-lite.

As much as I had looked fwd to the film - because I had read the books (well the 1st 3 anyway, as I still have yet to read bk 4) - as much as I'd looked forward to it, I didn't have too many high expectations (nor did I have low ones). I just went in there to see what a/o how it was being brought to the screen.

So, yes. I liked it, yet I didn't like it!

On it's own, not taking into consideration it was based on a book, it was good.
But when comparing it to the book it's based upon, I would say it fell short in (some / so many) areas.

But I guess those are some of the sacrifices that are made from book to film.

Nevertheless, the cinematography of the film itself, left a lot to be desired in my opinion. The continuity issues in some scenes ( Edward and Bella when she was in the hospital. Edward in a diff. position almost each time the camera flashes to him, when he is supposed to be pretending to be asleep. The forever moving/changing breathing tube in Bella's nose, when it was supposed to be a one clean shot).

In some scenes, it was almost as if the director threw all rules that apply to cinematic continuity out the window.

In other scenes, there were the long uncomfortable silences (Bella and her father in the kitchen). This scene (as an example of one) could have used some non-diegetic background music in it.

In all, Twilight was just simply "good" as the movie it was... but in juxtaposition to its' source, i.e.: the book : Twilight , it could have been better.

Lost Boys: The Tribe
½

Why was this movie even made?
They could hv done a much better job with a much better script!

If another is made, I hope they put some genuine effort into making it more "culty" and less "MTV".

Slumdog Millionaire

If there is one you definitely should, no MUST see, I would recommend: "Slumdog Millionaire."

This was one of the most beautiful, touching, sad, hopeful, unexpected, enlightening (and the list goes on), movies I have seen so far this year.

I even shed a few tears (so be sure to have a kleenex ready)...it was that good!

It definitely deserves the Oscar nomination, and hopefully will it too!

Bruno
Bruno(2009)
½

I have yet to see "Borat", but if "Bruno" is anything to go by - WELL...

Bruno was, for want of a better term, disturbingly, scandalously funny! There were some cringe worthy moments, as well as some side-split laugh moments.
I'd say not for under 16 (even 18) or over 50 (even 60) - unless they can handle it of course - it was that crude, but HELLA funny!

My sides are still hurting from laughter!

The Ugly Truth

Cute and "giggle" funny, not LOL funny. Felt plot was lacking in some points. Good chemistry between Butle and Heigl, but more plot development could have made it a much better film.

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
½

Is way just "okay". May have been good for plot development, but it was lacking a certain something that captivated me in the other installments.

Star Trek
Star Trek(2009)

One word : Phenomenal.

Angels & Demons
½

It was pretty good. I have never read the books, but I was surprised at the "twist" that I had not seen coming.

Zerophilia
Zerophilia(2005)
½

Sex definitely changes you!
So I FINALLY got to see Zerophilia (after having ordered it from Amazon), and I tell you it was a gem!
For those who haven't yet seen it, then do so ASAP - for those who hv, you know what I'm talking about.
It was cute and funny. Okay not over the top like some Hollywood productions, but it had that uniqueness of an "Indy" (independent film) feel to it.
I found myself chuckling and L-ing O L at some parts, and feeling the main character's (Luke's) frustration on the whole gender switching ordeal.

And of course, I found myself asking the question(s), what would it be like to gender switch on a whim? (although in the film there was more "manipulation" required ;) than just a whim).
And then, what gender would I ultimately choose to be?
And of course, Kyle Schmid (as Max) and the great "reveal" in the shower scene! <-- That really got me! I literally said out loud (but to myself): "Wow, I didn't see that coming!"
And then things just fell into place.
I'm so glad I discovered this film (and of course if not having become a fan of Kyle since seeing him in "Blood Ties", I may have NEVER known about it.)
Zerophilia is a definite must see!!

Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen

It was somewhat better than the first, but still could have been much better. Nonetheless, I'm sure a part 3 will come.

The Proposal
The Proposal(2009)
½

This turned out to be a pleasant surprise.

I was on the fence for seeing it at first, opting instead for the "Ugly Truth", which in turn, turned out to be a bit of a disappointment.
But after two unrelated people said that they had watched "The Proposal" and would definitely see it again, I decided to give a go, and I'm very glad I did.
It was cute, funny, heart warming. Bullock and Reynolds had great chemistry and were a pleasure to watch. And Betty White, as usual was a joy.

Paranormal Activity
½

It was a psychological thrill ride, with the scares and suspense brought on by what was "unseen" - and believe me when I say, there were some "unseen" scenes that could give you the creeps if you're easily creeped out We did hear some audible gasps and jumps of fright from the audience around us.
The shaky camera style also induced a bit of headache and nausea, and the film style made it feel all the more real.

I compared it to: the Exorcist meets Blair Witch.

500 Days of Summer
½

Talk about your unexpected, yet pleasant surprises.
This movie was one of them. A gem!
It was beautiful, very real and simple in it's truth.
It was a joy to watch as much as it was to listen to (the sound track was equally inspiring) .
Definitely not your typical love/relationship movie, but as the tag line says: "This is not a love story. It is a story about love!"
I say you see this before Summer is over and we fall into Autumn! ;o)

Bright Star
Bright Star(2009)

This was a beautiful and touching movie of the love of poet John keats and Fanny Brawne. Bittersweet in that John died so young and Fanny never gave up her love for him even after his death. Beautiful scenery was poetic in and of itself.

Blood and Chocolate
½

This movie turned out to be an unexpected surprise. Decent storyline, with the use of the Loup garou mythology woven nicley into the plot. The shifting from human into wolf was by far one of the most realistic and beautiful I've seen to date.

When in Rome
When in Rome(2010)
½

I saw "When in Rome" and I?m sooo glad I did. This movie was hilarious! I mean laugh out loud hilarious!

It was also funny and cute and sweet and romantic. Not too much thinking was required, but I don?t think I laughed so hard in a long time.

And the romance wasn?t too mushy either!

And Josh Duhamel has great comedic timing.
Great chemistry between him and Kirsten Bell too!

I definitely recommend it!

Kick-Ass
Kick-Ass(2010)

"Kick Ass" kicked ass... and then some! Like "Kill Bill", meets "Sin City" with comedy thrown in!

A Single Man
A Single Man(2009)

Life, Death, Fear, Hope, Beauty, Love.

For Tom Ford's directorial debut, this was a truly incredible film. A touchingly bittersweet story of a newly single man dealing with the death of his partner of 16yrs.
There were moments of suspense and mystery, esp. as to the intentions of Kenny (Nicholas Hoult) towards George (Colin Firth).
Colin Firth brought incredible depth and compassion to his character, which made the final scene, all the more poignant.
Cinematographically, the exquisite yet subtle changes in colour added to the the beauty of the piece. In all, it was another work of art by Tom Ford.

Dil Bole Hadippa! (My Heart Goes Hooray!)

You worship the Divine goddess in her idol form, yet in her human form you shun her. <--(or words to that effect)

If you like Bollywood movies in general, or even if you've only seen and enjoyed a few ( Bride and Prejudice?, Slum dog millionaire, etc), then this should be among those to give a try.

Set predominantly in Hindustan (India) and revolving around a traditional, yearly cricket match between India and Pakistan for the Aman (Peace) cup, the story follows Veera, a Punjab girl, who hopes one day to be the #1 cricketer, only problem is, she's a woman (and there are no female cricket teams) and so enters Veer.

This isn't just a Bollywood song and dance romance, albeit the song and dance numbers are infectious in their rhythm and movement (and made me anyway, wanna get up and dance), and the romance lends to the over coming of differences. As light and funny and VERY COLOURFUL, as it is at times, at its heart is a warming story of a girl, her identity, a dream, love of country and two nations!

The Sorcerer's Apprentice
½

What film, filled with fantasy, magic AND physics, mild horror, adventure, humour, great action and special effects?

Why it's Disney's The Sorcerer's Apprentice of course. Starring Nicolas Cage and hometown (Montreal/Canadian) boy Jay Baruchel.

"The Sorcercer's Apprentice" made its Canadian debut on Thursday July 8th, as the opening film feature at the commencement of the 14th edition of the Montreal Fantasia Film Festival, hosted, as it has been for the past several years by Concordia University.

In one of the venue's largest theaters, about 700 of were treated to the screening of said film, in advance of its opening next Wednesday, July 14th.

And what a treat it was.

After the general Festival opening announcements, Jay Baruchel (who was present) introduced the film to the happy hometown audience. Then we sat back and allowed the magic to unfold.

Without giving too much (or anything) away, I can safely say that The Sorcercer's Apprentice was indeed an enjoyable film.

Nic Cage made good as the "just a bit" crazy master sorcerer Balthazar Blake, on the quest to find the one who could be the next to acquire Merlin's magic and defeat the evil Morgana.

And Jay Baruchel proved to be well cast as the nerdy, endearing, reluctant hero / apprentice.

With a nice, balanced blend of action, adventure and pretty cool special effects. The film takes the viewer on a fun ride, reminiscent of classic Disney fun, family fare. And it'd also no doubt leave you laughing out loud at some unexpected moments in dialogue.

If you enjoyed The National Treasure movies, then you will certainly enjoy The Sorcerer's Apprentice.

GravyTrain
GravyTrain(2010)

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

GravyTrain is a retro (think 70's) style indie Canadian comedy by the same twosome, April Mullen and Tim Doiron, who made the other indie gem Rock, Paper, Scissors: The Way of the Tosser.

The film centers around Gypsy Creeks #1 cop Charles "Chuck" GravyTrain (played by Doiron) and his new partner Ms. Uma Booma (played by Mullen), as they go on the hunt in and around Gypsy Creek, for the elusive Jimmy Fish Eyes, who had killed Chuck's father several years before. Of course several obstacles seem to get in the way of catching the elusive killer, including the fact that many of the potential leads, themselves end up victims of The Fish, begging the question "Where's the Fish?" (or even moreso "Who IS the Fish?")

The film also had a beautiful aesthetic about it, both in sound and cinematography. Beginning with its look in the way in which it was shot (using Red One camera technology) amplifying, the sharp detail of, for example, the black and white in the opening sequence, to the funky, grainy retro feel of the soft pastel colours in the clothing and decor, to the kaleidoscopic FX in Chuck's psychedelic dream trip.

GravyTrain was alive with beautifully contrasting visuals, the essence of which was not lost on this amateur photographer. And the selection of groovy tunes from the day helped to compliment the overall "I'm there baby" feel.

Personally, I found GravyTrain, to be a hoot!

A slapstick, tongue-in-cheek comedy, which, much like the actors there in, doesn't take itself too seriously. Some parts had me laughing hard, even to tears with the unexpected one liners and outlandish scenes.

And, is it just me, or is there still "a mystery" surrounding the "shadowy figure" in the shadows at the Devil's Pitch Fork bar? We never did find out who he is/was!

I can surely see this having a sequel or more in the genre.

I loved the original, trippy, campy, silly nature of GravyTrain, tied together by the plot and whodunit mystery, which kept me guessing right until the "big catch".

Beautiful Creatures
½

Could have been much better. Had all the right "elements" (no pun intended) but wasn't executed as well as say 'The Craft'. Perhaps could have been darker, with more Gothic and mystery. Really had potential to be better, but fell short.