Hitchcock (2012) – 6/10 biographical movie review

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Cast / crew
Director: Sacha Gervasi
Screenplay Writer Based on the book “Alfred Hitchcock and The Making of Psycho” by Stephen Rebello: John J. McLaughlin
Writer (Book) Alfred Hitchcock and The Making of Psycho: Stephen Rebello
Producer: Ivan Reitman
Producer: Tom Pollock
Producer: Joe Medjuck
Producer: Tom Thayer
Producer: Alan Barnette
Alfred Hitchcock: Anthony Hopkins
Alma Reville: Helen Mirren
Janet Leigh: Scarlett Johansson
Toni Collette: Peggy
Danny Huston: Whitfield Cook
Vera Miles: Jessica Biel
Michael Stuhlbarg: Lew Wasserman
Anthony Perkins: James D’Arcy
Ed Gein: Michael Wincott
Kurtwood Smith: Geoffrey Shurlock
Richard Portnow: Barney Balaban

Hitchcock (2012)

Craving a creative renaissance after the success of North by Northwest, feted director Alfred Hitchcock settles upon a lurid little horror story inspired by the life and crimes of notorious serial killer Ed Gein: Psycho. However, his movie-making partners are mortified at his descent into the world of meaningless B-movie exploitation and Hitch will need to call upon all his reserves of self-confidence and the support of his wife and constant creative partner Alma Reville.

6/10

Gentle down-to-earth, rather fictional and unofficial biopic looking at the time surrounding the production and release of Psycho and the important role that Alma Reville, Mrs. Alfred Hitchcock, played in his life and art. Viewers are likely unaware of her importance and, even though he perhaps didn’t always treat her as well as he should, Hitchcock himself knew how critical she was; his AFI Lifetime Achievement speech contains a nice eulogy and they remained, reportedly happily, married for 50-odd years.

This movie contains adult dialogue, sexuality, unpleasant scenes, brief violence

Classified 12A by BBFC. Persons under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult.

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Total Recall (2012) – 2/10 science fiction action movie review

Cast / crew
Director and Executive Producer: Len Wiseman
Writer (Story and Screenplay) Based on the Motion Picture “Total Recall”: Kurt Wimmer
Writer (Screenplay) Based on the Motion Picture “Total Recall”: Mark Bomback
Writer (Screen Story) Based on the Motion Picture “Total Recall”: Ronald Shusett
Writer (Screen Story) Based on the Motion Picture “Total Recall”: Dan O’Bannon
Writer (Screen Story) Based on the Motion Picture “Total Recall”: Jon Povill
Writer (Original Short Story) Inspired by “We Can Remember It For You Wholesale”: Philip K. Dick
Producer: Neal H. Moritz
Producer: Toby Jaffe
Colin Farrell: Douglas Quaid / Hauser
Kate Beckinsale: Lori Quaid
Jessica Biel: Melina
Bryan Cranston: Cohaagen
Bokeem Woodbine: Harry
John Cho: McClane
Bill Nighy: Matthias
Writer (Original Screenplay) The Motion Picture “Total Recall”: Gary Goldman

Total Recall (2012)

Doug Quaid is a factory production line worker plagued by disturbing dreams of a heroic alter-ego who gets captured and fails to save the girl. Dream sellers Rekall offer a service where they implant memories of whatever you want but when Quaid goes and buys the Secret Agent dream, Rekall tell him he really is a secret agent and then a load of police burst in and shoot all the staff.

2/10

This is a remarkably uninteresting movie. It never gets your attention thanks, partially, by never giving you enough visual information to process and invest in each scene, especially the action scenes. The cast generally look impressively uninvested though it takes Kate Beckinsale the first few minutes before she gets bored. Some of Patrick Tatopoulos’ production design has imagination and ideas and nearly has some style but that’s the only artistic element of the film of note. Total Recall is instantly forgettable.

This movie contains sexual swear words, bad language, graphic violence, gory and unpleasant scenes, extraordinarily boring triple-breasted female nudity.

Classified 12A by BBFC. Persons under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult.

The A-Team (2010) – 6/10 conspiracy action movie review

Cast / crew
Producer: Stephen J. Cannell
Liam Neeson: Col. John Hannibal Smith
Bradley Cooper: Lt. Faceman Peck
Jessica Biel: Captain Charissa Sosa
Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson: Bosco B.A. Baracus
Sharlto Copley: Captain H.M. Murdock
Patrick Wilson: Lynch
Gerald McRaney: General Morrison
Henry Czerny: Director McCready
Producer: Spike Seldin
Producer: Tony Scott
Producer: Jules Daly
Producer: Alex Young
Producer: Iain Smith
Creator of Original Television Series The A-Team: Frank Lupo
Writer: Joe Carnahan
Writer: Brian Bloom
Writer: Skip Woods
Director: Joe Carnahan

A-Team, The (2010)

After years and many missions together as one of the armies most elite combat units, the A-Team find themselves framed for an unauthorised operation to recover US dollar printing plates and $1 billion in counterfeit currency. Dishonourably discharged and imprisoned, they languish in prison until visited by CIA man Lynch who offers them an escape route and discovers that the leader, Hannibal, hasn’t exactly been languishing.

6/10

This is an unpretentious, fun action movie that suffers from the 21st-century blights affecting just about all Hollywood action movies: Hollywood has forgotten how to edit an action sequence and Hollywood thinks if you can draw humans doing something impossible (without narrative justification), we will believe it. It’s a shame as it easily boasts the most wonderfully ludicrous action ideas of the year with the tank sequence proving a particularly gleeful highlight (and, indeed, the trailer moment that made me go see the film). It uses a spectacularly mad idea which, critically, feels believable. Sadly, as with the rest of the film, the action doesn’t fulfil it’s potential thanks to a blur of editing and whizzy camera moves without giving the audience time to get their bearings in the space or story of the action sequence. Later, another 21st-century problem is highlighted as one character falls three or four storeys and lands on his head and is completely uninjured. This is unbelievable because it violates everything we know about falling (ie., it hurts) and it and other elements like it (for example, repeatedly saying "Adios mother" for the BBFC 12A) unnecessarily undermine the movie. However, let’s not end on a bad note: this is tremendously entertaining and much better than expected particularly in the imagination shown in the action sequences.

This movie contains sexual swear words (some obscured), mild swear words and violence.

Classified 12A by BBFC. Persons under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult.

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