It’s as if the budget couldn’t match the filmmakers’ ambition, so we’re subjected to crappy CGI and poor digital matte paintings again and again. I appreciate that the film had a tiny budget of $15 million, but that simply means they should have been more choosy when it came to visual effects shots.
Rating: 2.5 starsHoopla Factor: 2.5 stars Continue reading Chronicle

Curse of the Golden Flower

As a study of tragedy (in the tradition of the Greeks), the royal princes aren’t quite accessible enough to really care for, and the prolonged time spent in their company seems only to postpone that which is of real interest. When the blood starts to run is when the film finally start to feel alive.
Rating: 3 starsHoopla Factor: 3 stars Continue reading Curse of the Golden Flower