Author: Harris Dang

Film Review: London Has Fallen (MA15+) (USA, 2016)

March 17, 2016

American nationalism is back on-screen once again in full display in the action sequel to Olympus Has Fallen. On a minor note, Gerard Butler, Aaron Eckhart, Morgan Freeman, Angela Bassett and others from the previous film are back as well. But seriously, the first film, by director Antoine Fuqua of Training Day fame, was a surprise success at the box office, especially when compared to its more expensive and sleeker competitor, White House Down, by disaster-porn purveyor Roland Emmerich of Independence Day fame. Many thought it was due to the huge disappointment of A Good Day to Die Hard (aka Die Hard 5) and since Olympus Has Fallen had many comparisons to Die Hard, it was seen as the film A Good Day to Die Hard should have been. And now we have London Has Fallen, an inferior yet entertaining sequel that still carries the throwback vibe the first film has and has some other surprises too.... Continue Reading

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SXSW Review: We Are X (UK/Japan, 2016)

March 15, 2016

It must be said before I review this documentary that I know little to nothing about rock ‘n roll. But what compelled me to watch this documentary was that I am a fan of Japanese culture; everything from food to film to settings so their musical culture should be a must see for me. The only rock band in Japan that I know of is Guitar Wolf, a band so popular that they starred in their own movie as themselves fighting zombies, called Wild Zero. But now we have a documentary, We Are X, that provides a glimpse of the near-global phenomenon of ultra-popular rock band, X-Japan. While undeniably entertaining and informative enough for its goals, I wished that it had more depth into their past as well as some other factors that felt glossed upon.... Continue Reading

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Film Review: Grimsby (MA15+) (UK/USA, 2016)

March 9, 2016

Offensive. Repulsive. Shocking. Unapologetic. These words are always associated with a film starring Sasha Baron Cohen as the lead. Films such as Borat, Bruno and The Dictator have brought levels of laughter due shock and wit, and with his latest film, Grimsby, it is no exception. If you hated any of those movies, punch out now. After having dealt with themes of xenophobia, homophobia and dictatorships, Grimsby deals with social class, but like Cohen’s previous films, don’t expect any subtlety whatsoever.... Continue Reading

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