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Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance (2011)

Film Rating: Meltdown Rating: 😮 😮 😮 Directed by Neveldine/Taylor (Mark & Brian respectively), Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance makes do with all the vain, self-righteous gewgaw that infested its predecessor and dives right into the heart of mindless action, the true soul of Johnny Blaze. Nadya’s (Violante Placido) son Danny (Fergus Riordan) is hunted down by Carrigan…

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Season of the Witch (2011)

Film Rating: Meltdown Rating: 😮 Director Dominic Sena dons some chainmail and hops on a horse for a medieval road trip, one that sees his characters brave a plague-ridden land in search of an elite group of monks and some redemption for buthceries past. Behmen von Bleibruck (Nicolas Cage) and Felson (Ron Perlman) are jovially hacking their way through a crusade,…

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Knowing (2009)

Film Rating: Meltdown Rating: 😮 Alex Proyas ventures into X-Files territory with a tale featuring mysterious missives from the past, black-garbed strangers who do not speak and rarely move, a troubled intelligent man carrying the weight of the world on his shoulders and a special commoner in need of help. Astrophysicist John Koestler (Nicolas Cage)…

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Ghost Rider (2007)

Film Rating: Meltdown Rating: 😮 😮 Mark Steven Johnson made a hell of a movie, literally, featuring the horned one himself and several minions of his; also, all the imaginable tropes (read cliches) that one can come up with when ruminating about devils, fire and brimstone. Johnny (Matt Long/Nicolas Cage) follows in the footsteps of his father…

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The Wicker Man (2006)

Film Rating: Meltdown Rating: 😮 😮 😮 Neil LaBute‘s infamous remake of Robin Hardy‘s The Wicker Man (1973) is an unfairly maligned thriller whose biggest sin is that of being the unwanted progeny of a much-loved cult classic, and the conferrer of what is possibly the silliest third act in the history of cinema. Willow Woodward (Kate Beahan)…

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Vampire’s Kiss (1988)

Film Rating:     Meltdown Rating:     😮 😮 😮 😮 😮 In this highly underrated film, director Robert Bierman employs standard horror tropes to give us a frank testament of a man on the verge of a nervous breakdown, eliciting a lead performance that courts greatness but without it hitting the mark quite often enough. Peter Loew (Nicolas…

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Season of the Nic

This year’s Halloween special is dedicated to the inimitable Nicolas Cage and his forays into the horror genre. Despite grabbing a Best Actor Oscar in 1996 for his performance as Ben Sanderson in Mike Figgis‘s Leaving Las Vegas, Mr Cage remains somewhat of an anomaly. His idiosyncratic approach towards the thespian craft has become the stuff of…

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Comedy on Campus

Pleased to meet you. Who are you? Pleased to meet you too. Well, that’s a loaded question! I see myself as a sort of pie-chart, a big slice is annotated as ‘wife’ another big slice is ‘nurse’ then a smaller slice is ‘writer’ (follow my blog, www.mariecp.wordpress.com) and another small slice is ‘comedienne’. I like…

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Twisted Tales

Pleased to meet you. Who are you? I am Joseph Zammit, a rural man who managed to make it to the village’s limits, and dared to venture beyond. As a good friend of mine very ironically once said, I fooled my way into the Middle Class. Declare your spirit animal. A piglet. My older sister used to…

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Terminator: Genisys (2015)

Despite roping in the former Governator to reprise his role as the eponymous cyborg, Alan Taylor‘s Terminator: Genisys is the textbook definition of flogging a dead franchise. It’s 2029 and John Connor (Jason Clarke) launches a last desperate attempt against Skynet, the AI system that wants to annihilate the human race. John sends trusted soldier and…