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Drive [2011] Review

I picked up the blu-ray of Drive over the weekend and thought it was an absolutely brilliant film. A simple premise; Ryan Gosling is a Hollywood stunt driver by day moonlighting as a getaway driver for hire at night, inevitably getting mixed up in the wrong job. It’s set in the present day, but from the moment the neon pink opening titles hit the screen there’s a heavy and unique 1980’s atmosphere in it’s soundtrack, clothing, lighting and locations (think […]

Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (2011)

From the various reviews on the first film it had both it’s fans and it’s haters. The sequel is bigger and bolder but unlikely to claim back those haters to the franchise, even with Holmes’ arch nemesis, Professor Moriarty, in the other corner. Moriarty is indeed portrayed as Holmes’ equal in terms of intellect, and there are times when you think it’s game over for our super sleuth. He’s certainly seen as meeting his match, just as the Dark Knight […]

Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol (2011)

Four films in and you’d expect the pace to slow down a little, but this is Tom Cruise we’re talking about here. He’s nearly at the half-century milestone and is still willing to throw himself out of the tallest building in the world (and even recently climbing to the building’s peak, unharnessed!). The plot of the films hasn’t required extensive discussions over a few drinks after the cinema, they’re more of a catalyst for the big action set pieces. Ghost […]

The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo (2011)

After reading Stieg Larsson’s Millennium trilogy I was initially compelled to watch the original Swedish films instead of David Fincher’s. Then the trailer landed. Trent Reznor/Atticus Ross’ score added another dimension to the eerie and disturbing atmosphere, so I decided to wait for the Hollywood version. A calculated risk, as I’ve heard nothing but praise of Noomi Rapace’s performance, but worth the wait. However, Rooney Mara really puts in a stellar performance as Lisbeth Salander, both physically and verbally.