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Month: September 2011

Warrior Review

Warrior is a film that is not subtle: the adverts on buses proclaim it to be ‘all the Rockys rolled into one’. The poster shows a super-buff shirtless Tom Hardy and a slightly-less-buff-but-still-more-buff-than-most-people-will-ever-be shirtless Joel Edgerton either side of the word ‘WARRIOR’. The trailer is even less ambiguous, showing not only snippets of story, but going as far as to show that both main characters make it to the final of the shirtless cockpunching hugfest that is the fictional Mixed Martial Arts competition Sparta, removing all suspense from the preceding 90 minutes. If you go to see this film, you know what you’re going to get: a testosterone-fuelled slugfest where grown men knock lumps off each other for two hours in place of resolving their emotional conflicts. But that’s where Warrior might surprise you. You see, the aforementioned carnival of shirtless testicle abuse is really more of a background to the fractured relationships at play between the two leads (who here play estranged brothers) and their formerly alcoholic father (played by Nick Nolte). Yes, the fighting is important, but no, this is absolutely not a film about fighting. At least, not fighting in the ring (or octagon, or whatever stupid name they call it). It opens with Nolte’s reformed drunk leaving church and arriving home to find his long-absent son Tommy (Hardy) sitting on his front porch. Though his...

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Shadows of the Damned Review

Shadows of the Damned is one of those games that makes you a bit embarrassed to like video games. It’s not that it’s bad – far from it in fact, it’s a well made, entertaining affair that tests reflexes and occasionally brain cells. But anyone watching you play it for just a few minutes will likely have all their preconceived notions and prejudices about video games confirmed. If it’s not the lashings of ultra violence, with blood pouring across the screen, its nudity and smut jokes litter every conversation and cut scene. Revelling in its grindhouse aesthetic, SotD pulls no punches in terms of ‘adult’ content. Fortunately, behind all the gore and smut, there’s an entertaining action game designed by two legends of the Japanese video game world and scored by a third. But, as is often the case, this will likely only be apparent to the person playing, not to his or her audience. The player takes control of Gabriel Hotspur – Demon Hunter. Already a master slayer of such monsters, we’re introduced to Hotspur just as he puts the finishing touches to another demonic extermination. Before this one dies, however, it asks Hotspur if his girlfriend Paula is OK? Rushing home in a panic, Gabriel arrives to find his girlfriend has hung herself. Normally, that would be the end of the relationship, but for Paula, the torture...

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Episode 25 – Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

Jim and Alex from Jaded Eye are back with another Jaded Eye film reviews podcast, this time looking at spy thriller Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. With trailer reviews for Drive, The Help, The Debt, Warrior and Contagion.

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