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Back to the Future Review

As Huey Lewis and The News’ Power of Love plays for the fourth time in fifteen minutes, Back to the Future would be pushing its luck if it were not so charming. It is, as Lewis himself says in his cameo role, “just too darn loud,” although that is not the issue. Pump it up as loud as it goes, because hearing the odd little bleeps of science-fiction special effects and the immortal lines from within this Robert Zemeckis masterpiece is an experience in need of the loudest, most tinnitus-triggering volume available. Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox) figures that out in the opening moments, and his decision to stand in front of that oversized speaker is, perhaps, his own dumb fault. But that is the beauty within Back to the Future, it is a film based on the faults of idiots who dared to dream.  

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Alice in Wonderland Review

What we as audience members and movie lovers must remember is that there is no such thing as a bad idea. Not really, anyway. Adapting Alice in Wonderland to the live-action arena, for instance, is not a bad idea. Animation provided Disney with some magnificent visuals and a thoroughly well-defined feature that brought the characters written by Lewis Carroll to life with faithful effectiveness. What we as audience members and movie lovers must also remember is that, if there is even a little crux of whimsy found in a feature film, then Tim Burton would, probably, love to adapt it and slather his strange shtick all over it. Hence, Alice in Wonderland, of course starring Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter. 

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Beowulf Review

Animation is a glorious medium to tell the finest of stories. Its utilisation often preserves magnificent, timeless tales from history far away from us. Beowulf has such integrity and historical beauty to it that any adaptation is doubtless a stranger to the prose and poetry it offers. Still, someone has to do it. Gus Van Sant was the man to bring us the remake of Psycho, surely not because he was passionate about it, but because someone would, inevitably, do it. Why not, then? Do it. Get it out of the way before someone else does. Robert Zemeckis must have thought that when taking on Beowulf as an animated action horror. What a miserable blend. An uncoordinated experience that sees a showcase of horribly defined animation and special effects.  

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Wild at Heart Review

Killers and conflict are at the core of Wild at Heart, the David Lynch piece that dragged his craft kicking and screaming into the colourful contours of the 1990s. What better way to make your mark on the landscape of cinema than with Laura Dern and Nicolas Cage riding around in a Chevrolet, fending off assassins and hitmen hired by relatives of Lula (Dern). It is the escapism of running away, capitulated by those not bold enough to take the plunge, dive into the front seat of a beat-up roadster and fly away down the highway, hopefully never to be seen again. I’d do it if I’d passed my driving test, but points are added when you clip a wing mirror, run a red light and flatten a pigeon.  

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The People vs. Larry Flynt Review

Social maverick and self-indulgent individuals are ten a penny. Egoism and the many philosophies that hound their isolated, centred thought process are relayed with simplicity and effectiveness by their personal enlightenment. Move on, help yourself, and live life to the fullest, consequences be damned. Such a thought process was adapted by the late Larry Flynt, his rise to controversial success as publisher of Hustler magazine and subsequent assassination attempt is not a life as well-documented as it would seem. Saying that, though, the great Miloš Forman took a pop at Flynt’s life and high points of controversy in The People vs. Larry Flynt 

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