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Blog by Don Kennedy


June 27th, 2008
Wanted brings us up to speed (and the speed is furious!) with a millennium old group of assassins called “The Fraternity” whose members do their jobs without question and whose roots are literally a fabrication as the originators were fabric weavers. Initially we’re introduced to the unsuspecting next generation of these kinsmen who doesn’t seem all that dangerous as he has trouble killing an ...


June 27th, 2008
Hancock brings back the Fresh Prince with a fresh take on the super hero as he doesn’t hole up in some lair inventing impervious outerwear or suffer some kind of mutation originating here or on another planet. He’s more the super hero with human problems - and nothing so mundane as girlfriend trouble or financially making ends meet. Will Smith is Hancock who is bullet proof and can fly and ev ...

Get Smart

June 19th, 2008
Get Smart is a somewhat incongruous screen adaptation for those who remember the wildly popular 60’s television spy spoof of the same name. Although set in the post cold war world of today, here Maxwell Smart has not yet achieved Agent status since he’s such a crack researcher for his agency CONTROL and thus too valuable to promote. However when KAOS manages to compromise every last global CO ...

The Incredible Hulk

June 13th, 2008
The Incredible Hulk takes up where 2003’s Hulk left off- sort of. Dr. Bruce Banner’s alienation is a different story told quickly over the opening credits. We catch up with him hiding in Brazil working on anger management and trying to come up with an antidote to his problem using the flora and fauna of the Amazon with on line assistance from an anonymous biology geek stateside. When some key ...

When Did You Last See Your Father?

June 13th, 2008
When Did You Last See Your Father? is the true story from author Blake Morrison played by Colin Firth which takes us from his childhood in the 50’s to the present day. From his perspective his father Arthur  played perfectly by Jim Broadbent (currently on screen in Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull) was a verbose, slightly larcenous and lascivious bully but on the whole we ge ...

Young People

June 13th, 2008
Young People F***ing is a Toronto filmed comedy featuring mostly Vancouver actors. Yes there are young people and the “F” verb is involved but what is really highlighted is the verbal intercourse surrounding “the act” as engaged in by five couples – actually that’s 4 couples and a threesome of two room mates and one girlfriend. The others are two on a first date, two exes who can’t let go, a ...

Kung Fu Panda

June 6th, 2008
Kung Fu Panda is something to be expected over the course of a summer movie season which is an animated blockbuster voiced by a stable of Hollywood A-listers with a question mark hanging over it – is it clever enough to captivate and entertain young and old alike? In what seems like a stretch to incorporate lots of action and perhaps ride the coat tails of China’s Olympic Games this film take ...

You Don't Mess With the Zohan

June 6th, 2008
You Don't Mess With the Zohan is the latest offering from Adam Sandler who has the  propensity to either rock or suck – more often the latter. Co-writing here is Judd Apitow who currently can do no wrong (OK he gets a Mulligan for producing the sorta lame Drillbit Taylor). The result is an up tick for Sandler but with the Sandlerization of his work a bit of a come down for Apitow. Sandler is ...

Silent Light

June 6th, 2008
Silent Light is an odd yet insightful and masterfully photographed bit of cinema. With an incongruous juxtaposing we have a Mennonite community in Chihuahua Mexico where I’m startled to find they get snow in the winter these days. The cast are less actors than actual Mennonites playing their parts while speaking their own hybrid language but religion is completely out of the picture. In fact ...