Tuesday, 31 July 2012


USA: Jennifer Westfeldt, 2011

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In this Movie Matters Mini episode, co-hosts Lee Howard and Michael Mackenzie discuss various films and TV shows they've been watching recently before turning their attention to the critically acclaimed Danish/Swedish crime drama THE BRIDGE, the 10-episode first season of which sees a pair of mismatched detectives from either country joining forces to stop a serial killer with an axe to grind against the complacency he sees in both countries' societies.

The music sampled in this episode is "Hollow Talk" by Choir of Young Believers, the main title theme to THE BRIDGE.

Created by Lee Howard & Michael Mackenzie
Edited by Michael Mackenzie

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Sunday, 22 July 2012


USA/UK: Christopher Nolan, 2012

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THE DARK KNIGHT RISES has one of those rarities of mainstream Hollywood blockbuster cinema: a strong and stirring ending. Good job too as plenty of flaws preceded it in this Nolan helmed finale for the caped crusader.

The problems of both BATMAN BEGINS and to an even greater degree THE DARK KNIGHT are increasingly present here (uneven plot structure, wayward pacing, too many villains). However, like many, my love for Christopher Nolan and David S. Goyer's revision and cinematic revival of the Batman wins out against my rationality. Yes, it is far from perfect and is undoubtedly the weakest film in the trilogy but it remains a total blast.

Although even my long standing affection for the material and my high esteem for Nolan can't forgive the casting of Marion Cotillard. I had issues engaging with her performance in INCEPTION and her inability to convey credible emotion is even more evident in her vapid display here. Not wanting to give away too much of the plot but in a key scene toward the climax of this film Cotillard is truly, excruciatingly awful!

I'm also not keen on Bane as a character (despite having a lot of affection for actor Tom Hardy) and actually found him to be one of the least interesting villains of any superhero film I've seen.

The Count's Verdict: Definitely got bum notes (especially Marion Cotillard's performance). But if you like Nolan's vision of Batman you'll love it!

Friday, 20 July 2012


USA/South Africa: Daniel Espinosa, 2012

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Wednesday, 18 July 2012


Original Title: Bron/Broen
Denmark/Sweden: Various Directors, 2011 (Created by Hans Rosenfeldt)

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Friday, 6 July 2012