The Sorcerer’s Apprentice

I wasn’t expecting much from this film, just a bit of light hearted fun. Unfortunately the film seems kind of lazy. The characters, the plot and the manner in which things are done just seem like no effort was put into it. I feel sorry for the special effects team who seem to be the only people that were genuinely trying here. Everyone else just seemed to rock up and take their pay check and leave.

Kick Ass

Every once in a while the beauty of low expectations helps make a good film great. I had no idea what to expect coming into Kick Ass, but I came out thinking this was one hell of a kick ass film.

Smart writing and a fresh new take on the comic book genre makes this an incredibly refreshing package. The trailers for this movie don’t do it justice. A movie about a kid with no super powers who decides to try and become a hero anyway – this film finds an entertaining balance between being “real” which, let’s face it would just be a big buzzkill, and pure comic book fantasy. It is the faux-realistic unreality that works so brilliantly for this film.

To give you some idea of how good this film is, Nicolas Cage’s ham fisted acting actually works well here. Any film maker that can take his style and make it a good thing, is clearly a talented man.

One of the best films of the year, no doubt. Four stars.

Knowing

Conceptually this movie seemed like it had intriguing potential. Unfortunately, it ended up just being absurd. That would suggest I hated it but I didn’t. It was bad because of it’s unsatisfying resolution, but some of the disaster scenes are pretty awesome so that makes up for it in parts. I wouldn’t recommend anyone bother with it, but it entertained me.

Nicolas Cage is such a hammy actor, if you’re able to just accept that as the status quo you’ll be okay. If not, this movie will annoy the hell out of you and the ending will only infuriate you more. It was better than Ghost Rider at least…

Three stars.