By Adele MacGregor
The Rum Diary, starring Johnny Depp as protagonist Paul Kemp, follows the booze fuelled journey of a newspaper journalist making a new start on the Caribbean Island of Puerto Rico in the 1960s. Directed by Bruce Robinson, the film is adapted from the novel by the eccentric and brilliant Hunter S. Thompson, who also penned the cult classic Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.
By Marty Mulrooney
The Tourist is a comedic thriller directed by German film director Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck (The Lives of Others), starring Johnny Depp (Pirates Of The Carribean), Angelina Jolie (Tomb Raider) and Paul Bettany (The Da Vinci Code). It is a remake of the 2005 French film Anthony Zimmer.
By Duncan Voice
Alongside Labyrinth and Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, Disney’s 1951 animated classic Alice in Wonderland remains one of the most terrifying films of my childhood. It was the peculiar worlds that the characters found themselves in without any way out terrified the 8 year old Duncs. I’d frequently raid my big brother’s VHS collection for the Predator’s and Hellraiser’s of which did nothing for me, but when Alice went down that rabbit hole, man was I in for some bother.
By John Fanning (Guest Writer)
There are many things in the cultural gamut whose popularity perplexes this reviewer: Ricky Gervais, iPhones and nightclubs to name but a few. 3D cinema may well find itself added to the ever-lengthening list. Like most popular irritants, there’s an Emperor’s New Clothes dynamic at play here: while everyone else raves about how great it is, a few of us are left feeling a bit underwhelmed by it all.
By Marty Mulrooney
I had somewhat high expectations of Michael Mann’s latest film, Public Enemies. Based on the true life story of John Dillinger and his gang, who during the Great Depression in 1933 robbed over two dozen banks, I really felt that the hard-hitting grit and powerful portrayal of obsessive men on both sides of the law that had been present in Mann’s classic Heat would transfer really well to this film, regardless of the year it was set. Sadly, I was wrong. Continue reading