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Review: Super 8

Set in 1979, Joel Courtney and his young friends are shooting a zombie movie on their Super-8 camera when they witness (and quickly film) a freight train going past, soon to be rammed by a tow-truck driven by their school science teacher (Glynn Turman). The next day, the military (headed by Noah Emmerich) swoops in and quarantines the small town. The kids (including Riley Griffiths and Ryan Lee), and Courtney’s widowed sheriff father (played by Kyle Chandler) feel that something just isn’t right. And then all kinds of strange shit starts happening across town and people are disappearing. Elle Fanning is the pretty young girl roped into appearing in the zombie movie whom Courtney has a thing for. Eldard is Fanning’s hopeless drunk father who doesn’t much like Chandler (and vice versa). Richard T. Jones is Emmerich’s subordinate.


The following review will be revealing a pretty well-known (by now) plot development in the film, so I’ll give a **** SPOILER WARNING **** from here on out, an…

Review: The Truck

Widowed truck driver Yu Hae-Jin finds out that his beloved seven year-old daughter (Lee Jun-ha) is plagued with a hereditary heart defect and is now in hospital after collapsing from too much physical exertion. She will need expensive heart surgery- $60 000, and the poor, single, working man hasn’t got that kind of cash. He cleans out his savings, borrows from loan sharks, and then a friend tells him about a poker game that he’ll conspire to help him win by signalling one another. He agrees to go along with it, and before you know it, he’s lost all his money, his pal has screwed him over, and in pursuing said scumbag pal, he walks in on a mob boss (Kim Jun-bae) who has just finished murdering a few people. The mob boss agrees to square things with poor Yu Hae-Jin, so long as he agrees to transport the corpses to a remote lake to be dumped. He agrees to do so. Along the way he finds a wrecked police vehicle and several dead bodies. Very much alive is Jin Gu, who claims to be a police o…

Review: About Schmidt

Jack Nicholson stars as Warren Schmidt, a recently retired actuary whose 42 year marriage to wife Helen (June Squibb) comes to an end with her sudden passing. Unsure of what to do with himself in the latter stages of life, he drives off in the huge RV Helen had bought, and goes to visit his daughter Jeannie (Hope Davis). Jeannie, about to marry a mullet-sporting waterbed salesman named Randall (Dermot Mulroney) whom Warren disapproves of, is rather cold in receiving news of her father’s impending arrival. So Warren decides to take in some pit-stops along the way. As the wedding day inches closer, Warren slowly starts to realise that his comfortable-yet-boring existence isn’t all it could’ve been. Before Helen’s passing, Warren had responded to a child sponsorship ad and the film is narrated by Warren writing letters to a Tanzanian boy named Ndugu, whom he is sponsoring, telling the boy all about what he is currently going through, with little concern paid to the appropriateness or int…