X-MEN: FIRST CLASS (2011) – Mini Movie Review


Ever since the first issue of the X-Men comic books was released in September 1963, Stan Lee’s mutant heroes have captivated the minds of children and adults alike, resulting in dreams and fantasies of having superpowers, not only for the previous generation of X-Men lovers, but for this reviewer as well. So upon hearing that a new X-Men origins story was in the works it was time to don the metal claws and grow the sideburns for a hopeful recovery from the sour taste the previous X-Men film (X-Men Origins: Wolverine) had left in the faithful following’s mouth.

Audiences have complained about a few inconsistencies with the plot of X-Men: First Class, saying that some elements of the storyline do not comply with what we have already witnessed in the previous installments to the X-Men fr...

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THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS (1991) – Mini Movie Review


What makes an exceptional horror film?

Is it countless buckets off blood splattered across the screen? Or perhaps a ghoul, ghost or goblin with an appearance so ghastly that one can not help but to turn away in disgust?

Maybe it’s the music that attacks your nerves? An eerie ambiance that accompanies the inevitable realization of the impending doom that lies ahead for an unlucky big-breasted teen.

Silence of the Lamb’s does things a little differently to your average, run-of-the-mill horror flicks and yes, despite what you may believe, this is widely regarded as an exceptional horror.

What Jonathan Demme has crafted here is far more than a film, it is an exhilarating exhibition of pure psychological terror that grasps your attention and refuses to let go long after the end credits have...

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A CLOCKWORK ORANGE (1971) – Mini Movie Review


I watched a lot of films when I wasn’t really supposed to. With a sharp tongue and silky persuasive techniques, I’d been able to worm my way into a place on the couch beside the folks to watch the latest horrors. Oh how old I had felt! A mere ten year old subjecting himself to the horrors of the Exorcist and Candyman. Yet I would never let on how terrified I was because, let’s face it, I was playing with the big boys now. Or so I thought.

Despite enjoying a parental leniency when it came to films, there was one that continued to escape my grasp. Whether it was being shown well after the watershed on the television or appeared on the top-shelf of the video store, a request to watch A Clockwork Orange was always met with a sharp ‘NO!’ and a quick change of subject...

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SKEW (2011) – Mini Movie Review


When I go into a horror film, I expect something original to grab me, intrigue me and simply entertain me. That, I believe, is the key element to any good scary movie. However, it is the horror industry that has come under most scrutiny in recent years with many critics asking ‘have they finally run out of ideas?’ We have been subjected to remakes such as A Nightmare on Elm Stree’ and Halloween as well as seeing a revival in the found-footage sub-genre (Paranormal Activity and Rec amongst my favourites, Grave Encounters considerably less so) without reaching the heights that the Blair Witch Project achieved.

Sadly, Scew answers this question with a big, fat YES. That isn’t to say that it’s a particularly bad film, in fact I found it watchable throughout...

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OSOMBIE (2012) – Mini Movie Review


May 1st 2011 –  Rapturous joy spreads across the western world as news of Osama Bin Laden’s death reaches the public.

May 14th 2012 – We were wrong, he’s still alive … sort of.

A year after the death of one of the most infamous terrorists the world has seen, the film industry saw fit to literally raise him from the dead and give us another chance to see his downfall … again and again.

Now, I am a reviewer of simple pleasures and often find myself sitting down to watch a low-budget B-movie to kill the time. In my life, I had the privilege (and terror) of watching some of the greatest horror films well before I was supposed to. The Exorcist had me sleeping with the lights on. Evil Dead steered me away from the woods and cabins...

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KUNG FU PANDA 2 (2011) – Mini Movie Review


Po is back, ladies and gentleman! Yes, that’s right, and that can only mean one thing! Another delicious helping of kung fu mayhem in the form of our favourite podgy panda! And with the current form of Dreamworks’ animating arch-enemy (Pixar) and the surprising success from the spoof cowboy caper, Rango, Kung Fu Panda 2 really had to karate kick its way into the box-office spotlight.

And boy did it deliver! The film follows on from its predecessor with Po cementing his place as the Dragon Warrior with his over-enthusiasm for kung fu and his unorthodox (and extremely unique) approach to the martial arts...

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THE BIG LEBOWSKI (1998) – Mini Movie Review


By 1996, Joel and Ethan Coen had earned quite a reputation for their unique style and consistent dabbling in the crime genre. Films like Miller’s Crossing, Barton Fink and the Hudsucker Proxy had attracted a number of committed followers to the Coen Bros’ cause. But nobody saw Fargo coming.

With a storyline as bizarre as its colourful characters, the film wowed (and baffled) audiences and critics alike, scooping two Oscars for Best Actress (Frances McDormand) and the award for Best Writing along the way. The film also received a further five Oscar nominations, including Best Picture and Best Director. Now it was clear that the Coen Bros were a film-making force to be reckoned with; however one question remained: how could they possibly follow up such a successful phenomenon as Fargo?


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