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  • The Karate Kid

    Karate just isn’t cool anymore. It is a sad state of affairs that, aside from pasty nerds doing high kicks in front of their bedroom mirrors (i.e. me), most modern youths would sooner knife their enemies than face off against them in the dojo as an eighties synth-pop tune plays. So has Harald Zwart’s remake of The Karate Kid rehabilitated karate for modern youths? Hardly – Jaden Smith’s ‘Karate’ kid Dre actually learns Kung Fu, not Karate, cynically cashing-in on the original’s good name and contributing to the feeling that the whole film is an empty, if harmless exercise in raising the profile of Will Smith’s son

  • The Crazies DVD Review

    Another day, another remake. But before you throw your computers across the room at the mere sight of the dreaded ‘R’ word, take heart – Breck Eisner’s The Crazies is actually a pretty good horror film, and a definite improvement on George A. Romero’s original.

  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo: DVD Review

    If I had a pound for every person I saw reading The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo on the train this month I’d be rich. Well, I’d be able to afford a first class ticket anyways and not have to stand in the corridor having my faced pressed against book covers bearing the tattooed back of a naked girl. Without a doubt, Stieg Larsson’s Millennium Trilogy has captured the world’s imagination, with Oplev’s adaptation of the first book, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo becoming the most watched film in its native Sweden. So what is all the fuss about? In a word, Lisbeth.