Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows – 27 Second Review

Jude Law as Dr. Watson from Sherlock Holmes: Game of Shadows

Written by: Michele and Kieren Mulroney, based on the characters created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Directed by: Guy Ritchie
Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Jude Law, Jared Harris, Noomi Rapace, Stephen Fry, Rachel McAdams

Review: While not as much fun as the first one (few things are), it’s still a successful character-driven blow-shit-up-athon. Downey Jr. and Law are just as good as ever, Harris does evil mastermind quite well, and Fry is always good, even while nude. And while the slow-mo zoomy bits are excessive, the visual rewards are there too.

Time: 14 seconds

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Wayhomer Review #96: Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows

Jared Harris as Moriarty and Robert Downey Jr. as Sherlock Holmes in Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows

Episode #96 for Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, in which our protagonist tries to explain the difference between having fun and trying to have fun, touts excellent performances by the leads and neglects to mention that the ability to call down slo-mo must mean Holmes possesses the Speed Force.

Wayhomer Review of the first film is here.
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By | 2017-09-24T22:34:28+00:00 December 19th, 2011|Reviews, Video Podcasts, Wayhomers|4 Comments

Sherlock Holmes (2009) – 27 Second Review

Sherlock Holmes poster

Written by: Michael Robert Johnson, Anthony Peckham & Simon Kinberg, based on a story by Johnson & Lionel Wigram, based on characters created by Arthur Conan Doyle
Directed by: Guy Ritchie
Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Jude Law, Mark Strong, Rachel McAdams, Eddie Marsan

Review: After the putrid retch that was Revolver, it’s good to see that Guy Ritchie is back making them awesome. I’d waited for this movie for a long time, and I’m happy to report that it did not disappoint. The kicksplode was a special type of Victorian brand…and extensive to boot. Also: Doilies!

Time: 13 seconds

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By | 2017-09-24T22:55:53+00:00 January 1st, 2010|27 Seconds, Reviews|2 Comments

Stuff You Need to Know, Friday, September 19, 2008

Bill Bailey
  • Bill Bailey is saying “never mind” to Never Mind the Buzzcocks after eleven series as a team captain. Guest captains will take over opposite Phill Jupitus for the new series, starting next month. Simon Amstell is indeed back to host. Bailey has stepped down reportedly due to “other work commitments.” I would say, if you can snag him, Noel Fielding, who sat in for Bailey previously, would make a great replacement. I’m sure I’m not alone in this sentiment. Source: Chortle.
  • Couples Retreat sounds like it might be amusing. At first, the four couples at a tropical island resort setup sounds like California Suite, which might be good. But then you cast Vince Vaughn, Jon Favreau, Jason Bateman and comedian Faizon Love and it gets more interesting. Then you tell me Favreau’s the scribe–and Peter Billingsley is making his directorial debut on it. Yes, that Peter Billingsley. Apparently the retreat in question is for couples therapy–that’s mandatory. So whether you need or not, you’re going. This is apparently what Favreau is doing before hopping on the Iron Man 2 train with production on that starting next year. Speaking of which, did you catch the Billingsley cameo in Iron Man? I sure as hell didn’t realize that was him. Ken had to tell me. Source: Variety.
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    By | 2017-09-24T23:12:52+00:00 September 19th, 2008|Stuff You Need to Know|0 Comments

    The Road to Perdition (2002) – Movie Review

    The Road to Perdition movie poster

    Written by: David Self, based on the graphic novel by Max Allan Collins & Richard Piers Rayner
    Directed by: Sam Mendes
    Starring: Tom Hanks, Paul Newman, Jude Law, Tyler Hoechlin, Jennifer Jason Leigh

    My Advice: Don’t miss it.

    Michael Jr. (Hoechlin) doesn’t know much about what his father (Hanks) does. All he does know is that their family owes a great deal to an older gentlemen named John Rooney (Newman), who’s his dad’s boss. Sometimes dad goes out to take care of business for Mr. Rooney, and mom (Leigh) isn’t going to talk either. Finally, curiosity (you know what that leads to) gets the better of him and he learns more about his father’s occupation than he could ever possible want to…and puts his entire family in harm’s way in the process.

    Welcome to Sam Mendes’ sophomore helming effort, the first being American Beauty, the best film of 1999. I approached this film with some trepidation, as other sophomore outings of recent star directors have not exactly been up to snuff (Nolan, anyone?). I shouldn’t have worried. Hanks, wanting to play something a little darker (and having stated in an interview he would have loved the Spacey role in Beauty), is a master of underplaying his hand as a professional killer. Watch him in scenes where he’s not, on the surface, doing anything. He has the part nailed–and, as always with Hanks, it’s easy to think that he’s not working at all. It just looks so effortless.

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    The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999) – Movie Review

    Talented Mr. Ripley

    Written and Directed by Anthony Minghella, based on the novel by Patricia Highsmith
    Starring Matt Damon, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jude Law, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Cate Blanchett

    My Advice: Wait and rent it.

    Tom Ripley (Damon) is a nobody living in a sub-basement apartment, until the day he’s mistaken for a schoolmate of Dickie Greenleaf’s (Law) by Dickie’s father (James Rebhorn). Dickie apparently is living the bohemian life over in Italy, playing at being a musician, and also playing at being a boyfriend to the lovely Marge Sherwood (Paltrow). Tom’s well-paid assignment is to go to Europe and convince Dickie to come home and presumably take up the family steel business. But Dickie has no intention of doing so, and contrives with his newfound chameleon friend Tom to wring more money from his father. In the meantime, Tom has found that he really likes Dickie’s lifestyle, not to mention Dickie himself, to an obsessive perhaps unhealthy degree.

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    By | 2011-01-09T15:57:46+00:00 December 15th, 1999|Movie Reviews|0 Comments