Review Digest #2

08Mar07

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United 93: Paul Greengrass

http://imdb.com/title/tt0475276/

This is one film I can probably never watch again. Not that it was a bad movie…in fact it is a brilliant film, but it’s far too gut wrenching to sit through. The story of United Airlines 93, the one plane that did not hit it’s target on September 11, 2001 is told in a documentary style with close ups, shaky cams and fast cuts. Paul Greengrass has not over dramatised the tale but has given us a picture on how it could have been like for the passengers. It’s amazing how much the finale affects you even when you know what’s going to happen. Watch it only if you think you have to…

8/10

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Kiss Kiss Bang Bang: Shane Black

http://imdb.com/title/tt0373469/ 

B-Movie Actress: So what do you do?
Harry: I’m retired, I invented dice as a kid.

Pure testosterone driven entertainment! Kiss Kiss Bang Bang is an amazingly funny take on the noir genre. Top that off with Robert Downey Jr breaking the fourth wall with some brilliant narration and Val Kilmer playing a gay private detecive. Seriously, things couldn’t get funnier. Some smart lines and the in-your-face sarcasm make this one of the best times I’ve had watching a film in recent memory. It was perhaps the most overlooked flick of 2005 and earned the love of the few critics who actually saw it. However it does lose it’s shine if you watch it too many times like I did.

9/10

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Marvel Zombies: Robert Kirkman, Sean Philips

I stayed away from this book mostly because I didn’t like the idea of super heroes turning into zombies and tearing up each other. It’s not a morale booster per se. But then, a friend passed it on and I had to see what all the fuss was about.

Yes it’s distrubing, disgusting and throughly gross. But, also hugely entertaining. Some virus has turned all the Marvel Superheroes (except Magneto) into zombies and they just start devouring everything/everyone in sight. There’s no depth or social commentary that I could really find…but the fact the ‘zombification‘ had still left their speech and thinking skills intact makes for some great lines and a particularly hilarious (for me) scene between Captain America (with half his head sliced off and brain falling out) and Iron Man/Tony Stark.

Good stuff…7.5/10

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8 Responses to “Review Digest #2”

  1. 1 soorajrox

    I ‘d want to read Marvel Zombies….wonder how wolverine and beast looked when they became zombies. must ahve ripped off everyone.

  2. 2 Joe Kulangara

    you have the .cbr version of Marvel Zombies?

    i agree with you on United 93 and Kiss Kiss Bang Bang. i have a secret thing for Michelle Monaghan by the way.

  3. @sooraj Forget wolverine and beast, one of the most interesting zombies is Hulk…he eats once he’s the Hulk and shrinks back to Banner but consequently his stomach rips open because of the stuff that’s in it….nice eh? 🙂

    @Joe Yep…have it on my office pc! 🙂 Have to take it out somehow…will do it soon. And you’ll be getting it.

    I’ll send you the list soon man…just that my colllections with a friend and work is killing me!

  4. Kinda suprised u missed out “The Film Geek”” by James Westby

  5. @Joel hey man…yeah I’ve heard of the film…but never got a chance to see it. Will definitely give it a shot…

  6. okie..i never yet got the hang of your comic book mania (okie..okie..’graphic novel’…) how is it that u have the patience to sit and read stuff written in tiny boxes over pictures drawn in more boxes which go in all kinds of order so that ur finaly left confused….nywys…either ur wierd or i need to start reading thingies in boxes….

  7. okie..i never yet got the hang of your comic book mania (okie..okie..’graphic novel’…) how is it that u have the patience to sit and read stuff written in tiny boxes over pictures drawn in more boxes which go in all kinds of order so that ur finaly left confused….nywys…either ur wierd or i need to start reading thingies in boxes….
    but then again..its better with u reading comics than u getting caught up in the criket mania…as long as its not that…i’ll hold that comics r cool…k??

  8. @June Heyy…thankfully Cricket ‘mania’ is over! Our boys in blue better hope that the angry fans her don’t kick their butts back to the Carribean!

    Anyways, as for comics…I shall refrain from any explanations…because an argument here could mean that we stop talking altogether! 😐


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