Category Archives: Movie of the Week

Our focus movie for the week, with a short review. Stuck of what to watch? Look here!

The reviews in this category are currently written by Allan Wood and Dan O’Neill.

Movie of the Week: The Escapist (2008)

Welcome to Generic’s ‘Movie of the Week,’ where we concentrate on one good movie per day with a short review.

Spoiler Warning: Although we’ll try our hardest to not give away the ending in these short reviews, we can’t guarantee we won’t give anything away at all!

This week’s movie is the little, indie-thriller straight from Ireland ‘The Escapist‘.

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Movie of the Week: Léon (1994) 15.05.13

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This week’s movie is the classic nineties thriller Léon: The Professional.

Written and directed by Luc Besson, Léon stars Jean Reno as the titular cool, calm, calculated killer for hire. From the opening introduction to the assassin via a one man assault on a locked down apartment filled with armed guards all dispatched with the skill and ease of a shadow lurking man who knows how to kill in more ways than he has had glasses of milk.

 

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Movie of the Week: Grabbers (2012) 29.04.13

Welcome to Generic’s ‘Movie of the Week,’ where we concentrate on one good movie per day with a short review.

Spoiler Warning: Although we’ll try our hardest to not give away the ending in these short reviews, we can’t guarantee we won’t give anything away at all!

This week’s movie is the brilliantly comic horror-comedy ‘Grabbers.’

On the surface, Grabbers looks like it’s going to be a crappy survival story against rubbish CGI monsters.

It turns out to be an inventive and fresh approach to the horror-comedy sub-genre, which is hilarious in its execution and at some parts, quite thoughtful.

The film starts, classically, with the discovery of the monsters out to sea by an unknown and irrelevant boatman, which leads to his death and the dramatic irony of knowing that the ‘thing’ is now unleashed upon the world.

By ‘world’ here, we mean Erin Island, just off the coast of mainland Ireland.

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Movie of the Week: Tomorrow, When The War Began (2010) 22.04.13

Welcome to Generic’s ‘Movie of the Week,’ where we concentrate on one good movie per week with a short review.

Spoiler Warning: Although we’ll try our hardest to not give away the ending in these short reviews, we can’t guarantee we won’t give anything away at all!

This week’s movie is the underseen and underrated Tomorrow, When The War Began.

At first glance the film adaptation of author John Marsden’s hugely popular Australian teen fiction novel Tomorrow, When The War Began resembles a cross between Red Dawn and The Breakfast Club. A group of teenagers – including a princess, a bad boy, a jock and a studious kid – go camping and when they return to their country-town homes they discover Australia has been invaded by an unidentified Asian army. However, this film is more than the sum of its parts and scriptwriter Stuart Beattie (Collateral, Pirates Of The Caribbean, Australia) in his directorial debut has delivered a thrilling character-driven action/adventure film.

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Movie of the Week: We Bought A Zoo (2012) 15.04.13

Welcome to Generic’s ‘Movie of the Week,’ where we concentrate on one good movie per week with a short review.

Spoiler Warning: Although we’ll try our hardest to not give away the ending in these short reviews, we can’t guarantee we won’t give anything away at all!

This week’s movie is the uplifting family drama We Bought A Zoo.

We Bought A Zoo is red meat for cynics. Cameron Crowe precariously perches his heart upon his sleeve and taunts misanthropists and skeptics, begging them to take the easy route, to mock the movie for its earnestness, to criticize his dogged efforts to elicit tears. Intelligent audiences will be divided: Some will call it sentimental rubbish while others will buy into Crowe’s brand of idealism, let We Bought A Zoo sweep over them, and give in to one of the most touching, hopeful, and heartfelt films of recent times. But it is not fake. Anyone who has followed Cameron Crowe’s career knows that, while it may not be to everyone’s liking, there’s nothing phony about Cameron Crowe’s passion, his sense of romance, and his idealism. Yet, if it weren’t so sweet and life-affirming, it’d probably be annoying as hell.

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Movie of the Week: Yes Man (2008) 08.04.13

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Today’s movie is the motivating comedy ‘Yes Man.’

A middle-aged divorcee decides turn his life around by using the ‘Yes Man’ theory – and finds that sometimes saying yes to everything doesn’t end well.

There seems to be a 50/50 split when it comes to Jim Carrey. Half of the film universe love him, the other hate him. Basically, he’s a real life Marmite. A lot of you seem to despise his ‘over-acting,’ and the fact that he comes across as a dramatic, over-confident, irritating prick. However, the other half of you love this about him and like me, appreciate his versatility and the fact he can make you smile even on the gloomiest day.

So for all the Carrey haters out there, I present to you ‘Yes Man,’ a film where he really shows what he’s about. And if you still don’t like him, then I give up.

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Movie of the Day: The Strangers (2008) 05.04.13

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Today’s movie is the creepy psychological horror, The Strangers.

A young couple staying in an isolated vacation home are terrorized by three unknown assailants.

A bit like Funny Games without the scolding, the minimalist home-invasion thriller The Strangers doesn’t take many words to describe: isolated vacation home. Masked tormentors.  Helpless couple. And yet it’s precisely the film’s spare, disciplined, back-to-basics horror effects that lend it a sustaining chill; if the audience knew any more about who “the strangers” are and why they’ve chosen this house, this couple, and this night to do their worst, then a lot of the tension would dissipate. Making a frighteningly assured debut, writer-director Bryan Bertino understands the fundamentals thoroughly, and he has the patience to hold back and keep the tension hanging where a lesser director might have gone for the cheap shock. Many of the film’s shots and scenes go on several beats longer than expected, just to stoke a near-unbearable feeling of anticipation and dread. As a filmmaker, at least, Bertino seems to have more in common with the perpetrators than the victims.

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Movie of the Day: The Matrix (1999) 04.04.13

Welcome to Generic’s ‘Movie of the Day,’ where we concentrate on one good movie per day with a short review.

Spoiler Warning: Although we’ll try our hardest to not give away the ending in these short reviews, we can’t guarantee we won’t give anything away at all!

Today’s movie is one of the most influential films of recent times, The Matrix.

A computer hacker learns from mysterious rebels about the true nature of his reality and his role in the war against its controllers.

I knew The Matrix was something special when I realised, halfway through the film, that I wasn’t fighting an urge to laugh at Keanu Reeves, as I usually do. He’s actually – and here’s something I never thought I’d say in reference to Reeves – good. And I give all the credit to the writing and directing team of brothers (at the time) Andy and Larry (now Lana) Wachowski. Reeves’ lines are minimal, thereby cutting down on the opportunity for him to mangle dialogue. And they wink at the audience, letting us know they’re aware of Reeves’s appeal and limitations, when they allow another character to say, to poor Keanu’s befuddlement, “You’re cuter than I thought… but not too bright.”

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Movie of the Day: The Goonies (1985) 03.04.13

Welcome to Generic’s ‘Movie of the Day,’ where we concentrate on one good movie per day with a short review.

Spoiler Warning: Although we’ll try our hardest to not give away the ending in these short reviews, we can’t guarantee we won’t give anything away at all!

Today’s movie is the 80s kid’s classic The Goonies.

A group of kids embark on a wild adventure after finding a pirate treasure map.

The Goonies is a childhood fantasy come to life. I mean, who hasn’t at some point in their youth wanted to find an old tattered map in the attic (or cellar) of their home that would ultimately lead to hidden pirate treasure? The Goonies takes that concept and (dare I say masterfully?) weaves a compelling story about a group of kids who find such a map and set off on the adventure of their lives. This is a kid’s movie, and you have to go into it accepting the usual liabilities of such films – sometimes shaky acting, cheesy lines, and plenty of kid-oriented humour and themes. But it doesn’t take too much to see past this movie’s shortcomings. In fact, in the 28 since its release, The Goonies has come to be seen as the epitome of children’s adventure. In short, The Goonies is the standard by which many films, such as the earlier Harry Potter films, are ultimately judged.

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Movie of the Day: Twister (1996) 02.04.13

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Today’s movie is the thrilling adventure about the dark side of nature ‘Twister.’

A couple of the brink of divorce join together as storm-chasers one last time to attempt to launch their most adventurous venture yet – Dorothy, into the heart of extremely violent tornados. 

I’ve got a confession to make. I first watched this when I was about 9, and it absolutely scared the life out of me. From the minute Jo’s father was sucked out of the storm cellar, I was out of that room and shivering upstairs.

However, despite tornados now being a massive fear of mine as a result, this has become one of my all time favourite movies.

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