Monthly Archives: December 2010

The Town – 2010 – Ben Affleck

I half wonder if Ben Affleck sees himself as filling the boots of Clint Eastwood. Back once again in Boston, Affleck is the brains behind a crew of successful Charlestown bank robbers but he wants out. Cue the girl, a “fahmah hastage.” One of 2010’s better omlettes. JJ

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Toy Story 3 – 2010 – Lee Unkrich

Toy Story 3 was my first introduction to Woody et al. and it confirms what I always suspected; toys, penguins, pigs, they are all pretend people. The existential, but unanswered, question implicit in TS3 is, “Is it okay to bring toys to college?” Despite not crying, good story and great animation. JJ

The Brave One – 2007 – Neil Jordan

11.jpgI read somewhere that every story has already been told, and that is the case with this movie. It’s like Charles Bronson on estrogen and aired just before Oprah, minus the juicy parts. As my mother says: “They ruined the action with a love story.” Go and watch Death Wish for vigilante justice. Brian Murray

Jodie Foster is a New York DJ turned urban outlaw who is transformed into a bloody killer following a brutal attack in Central Park. More’s the pity they didn’t kill her and the film. Pass. JJ