Saturday, June 30, 2007

"Live Free or Die Hard (2007)

"As worthless as the movie actually is, it’s fascinating culturally as an attempt at making a politically correct post-9/11 action flick. We see car crashes galore, yet we never see any dead civilians... Omitting the casualties, however, doesn’t erase the endless banality of poorly paced action and definitely-not-clever one-liners."

Click here to read my review of Live Free or Die Hard at The L Magazine online.

Thursday, June 21, 2007

"Black Sheep" (2006)

"Equal parts The Birds, Jurassic Park and The Host, Black Sheep is more a satire on the horror genre than it is a cautionary tale about genetic engineering-gone-wrong in the New Zealand countryside. It continually reinvents the most clich├ęd elements of the horror genre, using easily recognizable and iconic shots from any number of other films…but this time with sheep."

Read my review of "Black Sheep" here at The L Magazine online.

"Fido" (2006)

"Informed by 1950s Communist-paranoia/ science-fiction classics such as Invasion of the Body Snatchers, director Andrew Currie similarly wants Fido to be seen as a political allegory. But for all the contemporary touchstones (countless references to “fences,” xenophobia, and even a John Kerry look-alike), it rarely moves beyond an experiment in genre cross-pollination."

Read my review of "Fido" here at The L Magazine online.