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‘Haywire’ is an action film about gender equality with a star-making turn by Gina Carano


“It’s best not to think of her as a woman. That would be a mistake.” These words are uttered by Kenneth (Ewan McGregor) to freelance operative Paul (Michael Fassbender) in a scene somewhere toward the end of Steven Soderbergh’s truly excellent but much ignored action movie Haywire. The woman they ...

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‘Mortdecai’ is hauntingly terrible


Seemingly late in the game of David Koepp’s Mortdecai, the eponymous character (played by Johnny Depp) asks his wife, “Are you quite finished with your barrage of insults?” It’s an apt question for the film itself, a cataclysmically unfunny, unbelievably tedious disaster of baffling misjudgments and multiple career lows that feels as long as Shoah, and only a little less harrowing. No such luck, though, as the film goes on for another 25 minutes. It then ends on people about to throw up. Also apt.

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Two Left Feet: How “El Tango de Roxanne” Represents Everything Wrong with Baz Luhrmann


Moulin Rouge! is a mixed bag. It’s an idea that looks good on paper, but looks horrendous in execution. It’s a film where it should have the ability to make all the right emotional pivots, but succumbs to an ostentation that exists in its final product, making this a hallmark ...

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‘Haywire’ is an effective counter-argument to every claim used to dismiss action heroines


In early 2012, while most of the film world was caught up in Oscar prognostications, one film quietly came and went through theatres, earning less that $20 million domestically, and just over $30 million internationally. That film was Steven Soderbergh’s Haywire, with Gina Carano taking on the lead role of Mallory Kane, and its quiet box office reception is in no way indicative of the film's quality. While it may appear, on the surface, to be a standard action thriller – and there’s certainly no issue with that, as the genre is littered with efforts that fail to even be competent in their execution – in true Soderbergh style, there’s a lot more going on in Haywire than it may appear at first glance.

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‘Shallow Grave,’ a remarkably assured debut for Danny Boye

shallow grave

Working from a brilliantly honed script by doctor-turned-screenwriter John Hodge (who cameos as a police inspector), Shallow Grave is very dark British satire with a simple setup. This tight little thriller is a parable about the effects of greed on friendship. What would you do if you found a huge amount of money? It's a plot worthy of Hitchcock, and Boyle's relentless homage comes complete with dutch angles and shots lifted wholesale from the Master's greatest hits.

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‘Jack the Giant Slayer’ a mixed bag of adventure and excessive CGI


Jack the Giant Slayer Directed by Bryan Singer Written by Darren Lemke, Christopher McQuarrie, and Dan Studney USA, 2013 Perhaps it’s fitting that a literal tug of war is pivotal in Jack the Giant Slayer, a large-scale blockbuster retelling of the famous fairy tale about Jack and the magical beanstalk. ...

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‘The Impossible’ makes for uncomfortable viewing, though not always appropriately so


The Impossible Written by Sergio G. Sànchez Directed by Juan Antonio Bayona Spain, 2012 Based around the Boxing Day tsunami that struck South East Asia in 2004, The Impossible documents the true story of how one family of five was separated during the chaos, and their unlikely survival despite horrific ...

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‘The Impossible’ is a visceral experience, although not for the faint of heart


The Impossible Directed by Juan Antonio Bayona Written by Sergio G. Sànchez Spain, 2012 It is a certainty that once every few years a film about a large scale disaster, natural or otherworldly, will be released in theatres. There is something about such terrifying events which strikes a particular nerve ...

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Unsung Gems – ‘Shallow Grave’ deliciously dark entertainment

Shallow Grave (Keith Allen)

Shallow Grave Directed by Danny Boyle Written by John Hodge UK, 1994 There’s a general rule in fiction that, in order to generate any real empathy or connection with your target audience, you have to make sure that your protagonists are to at least some degree sympathetic, likeable even. It’s ...

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Update: Giveaway is now closed: Win one of 10 double passes for ‘Salmon Fishing In the Yemen’ in Ottawa and Toronto

Director Lasse Hallström (My Life as a Dog, Chocolat) and writer Simon Beaufoy (Slumdog Millionaire) have teamed up to adapt Paul Torday’s Salmon Fishing in the Yemen, buoyed by stars Ewan McGregor and Emily Blunt, and for the poor average folk, the film goes out wide on March 9th. But ...

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Movie Lovers Podcast – Episode #3 – ‘Beginners’ with Mom

Movie Lovers Podcast - Episode #3 - 'Beginners' with Mom

Welcome to  episode #3 of the Movie Lovers Podcast. Official podcast of FilmsWeWatched. Movie Lovers Podcast is a film podcast by a couple so out of their gourd about film, they were clearly meant for each other. Highlighting older release first-time watches as well as new theatricals, the podcast covers ...

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TIFF 2011: ‘Salmon Fishing in the Yemen’ – a clever, crowd-pleasing delight

– Salmon Fishing in the Yemen Directed by Lasse Hallström 2011, UK, 112 minutes If you aren’t familiar with the book by Paul Torday, a title like Salmon Fishing in the Yemen sounds a bit odd. What is it? Nihilistic art film? Maladapted play? The world’s most confused documentary? None ...

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