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I Am Legend (Mark's take)
01/01/2008. Richard Matheson's classic horror novel I Am Legend comes to the screen with CGI and lots of guns, most of which - says Mark - work against rather than for the story. Will Smith plays Robert Neville robbed of most of his anguish and his advancing madness. Some of the visual images are nice, but this is a story that needs to be made on a low budget to really work.
I Am Number Four (Frank's take)
01/03/2011. The ambitious motivation behind the teen sci-fi thriller/love story I Am Number Four is its willingness to cater to the adolescence crowd and capitalise on the Twilight and Harry Potter craze. Unfortunately, it is also this movie’s inevitable downfall as well.
I Heart Huckabees: Mark's Take
01/01/2005. This weird comedic fantasy lampoons pop-philosophy and everything else within reach but wastes the talents of Dustin Hoffman.
I, Robot - Mark's Take
01/08/2004. In 2035 there is a murder at U.S. Robotics and a robophobic policeman, played by Will Smith, believes robots are responsible. Mixing animation and live action nearly seamlessly, I, Robot turns Isaac Asimov's robot world into the backdrop for a prosaic summer action film. It is not a film Asimov would have enjoyed much.
01/04/2002. Mark brings you the inside poop on Ice Age, and discovers that while it's writing was slightly warmer than polar climate change, the next Shrek, this wasn't!
Immortal (Mark's Take)
01/02/2006. In 2095 New York the Egyptian God Horus possesses a male human in order to procreate with a female alien. A Métal Hurlant sort of story is wedded to Métal Hurlant sort of visual images. The visuals may be temporarily very impressive, but the film really offers very little in story value. When it is all over, Mark thinks we are supposed to feel we have seen something momentous, but he doesn't think he knows exactly what.
In The Shadow Of The Moon (Mark's take)
01/11/2007. Never-before-seen footage of the Apollo space program and interviews with nine astronauts give new life the story of how the US put men on the moon. Personal interviews with several astronauts tell much more than most of us have known about the adventure and experience of going to the moon. This, says Mark, is an enthralling documentary even if you have seen the story told before.
Inception: Mark's take
01/08/2010. There comes a point when enough is too much. Writer and director Christopher Nolan makes an intelligent thought-piece that is at the same time an explosive action thriller. There is little time to absorb the ideas. Still, where else are you going to get so intelligent a film in mid-summer?
India's Hollywood Takeaway
01/09/2003. Billed (inaccurately) as the first Indian science fiction film, Koi ... Mil Gaya mixes elements of many films, especially E.T. and Charly. Mark finds a movie which, while groundbreaking as a Bollywood film, rarely transcends American cable fare.
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (Mark's take)
01/06/2008. Indiana Jones is back, says Mark, and looking for the secrets of a lost civilization in Central or South America (and the script seems not sure what the difference is). This film is a compendium of geographic misinformation as well as solid collection of action sequences. Rather than being an adventure centered on religious folklore, this time Indy is involved with aliens and New Age ideas. As expected the thrills just keep coming, but like its hero the action is getting a little old and little stiff.
Invasion Of The Bodysnatchers
01/10/2008. region 2 DVD: pub: MGM 16184DVD. 1 hr 51 minute film with audio commentary. Price: under £ 4.00 (UK) if you know where to look). stars: Donald Sutherland, Brooke Adams, Leonard Nimoy, Jeff Goldblum and Veronica Cartwright.
Ip Man 2: Legend of the Grandmaster
01/03/2011. Astoundingly luscious and lyrical, filmmaker Wilson Yip’s mind-bending martial arts actioner Ip Man 2: Legend of the Grandmaster is a visually stunning and viscerally charged meditation of the art of fighting…or at least the cultural, political and social aspect of a thought-provoking biopic that delivers a coveted combination of traditional significance and ethnic pride and precision.
Iron Man (Mark's take)
01/06/2008. A weapons manufacturer decides that the making of weapons is immoral, so turns himself into a weapon to combat bad weapons users. If you can get past the irony (or hypocrisy) of the central concept, says Mark, Jon Favreau's adaptation of the Marvel Comic is reasonably entertaining and uses its digital effects energetically.
Iron Man 2
01/06/2011. Iron Man 2: 2-Disc Special Edition. Region 2 DVD: pub: Paramount/Marvel PHE1347. 2 DVDs 119 minute film with extras. Price: about GBP 9.00 (UK) if you know where to look)) stars: Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, Scarlett Johansson, Sam Rockwell, Mickey Rourke and Samuel L. Jackson
Iron Man: Ultimate 2-Disc Edition
01/05/2009. region 2 DVD: pub: Paramount Home Entertainment PHE 9807. 121 minute film with extras. Price: £ 9.99 (UK) if you know where to look. Stars: Robert Downey Jr, Jeff Bridges, Terrence Howard and Gwyneth Paltrow.
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