Posts by Alan Jones

CINSSU Advanced Screening: INSIDIOUS

Hello there, just thought we’d give you a heads up about an upcoming advanced screening of Insidious, from the writer/director team behind Saw. It all happens on March 28th, and is being put on by the Cinema Studies Student Union at University of Toronto (Full Disclosure: I am the President of this group). You can […]

Drive Angry Review

Cigars, whiskey, sunglasses, a naked waitress straddling a clothed, but unzipped Nic Cage, the line “I never disrobe before gunplay”, gunplay, sex, sex and gunplay and whiskey and cigars at the same time. This is the sort of thing you will find in Drive Angry, the newest film in Nic Cage's long and illustrious oeuvre, and this is just one scene.

The Mechanic Review

Despite it's generic qualities, which are numerous, The Mechanic maintains an appealing lack of moral rectitude throughout its running time. Jason Statham plays Arthur Bishop, a “mechanic”, which is code for assassin. He kills people for an unspecified evil corporate entity run by his mentor. The lack of specificity concerning his motivations is an asset to the film. It helps make the hackneyed direction by Simon West more palatable.

Season of the Witch Review

Before I get into discussing Nic Cage's latest masterpiece, Season of the Witch, I want to discuss an article I read in the New York Times recently in which it is revealed that Nic Cage, the genius, left his role as the villain in this week's The Green Hornet because director Michel Gondry wouldn't let him use a Jamaican accent. WTF Michel? Do you think you know better than Nic Cage? Well, you don't.

The Nic Cage Project: Matchstick Men

Nicolas Cage has a new movie in theatres tomorrow: Season of the Witch. The film was not screened for critics or audiences in advance, which is never a good sign for a film. However, maybe we'll be pleasantly surprised by Cage's turn as a medieval crusader returning home to fight the black plague. It sounds awesome. Instead of reviewing the new Cage film, Alan wanted to take this opportunity to revisit the 2003 Ridley Scott film and Cage-vehicle Matchstick Men. From obsessive-compulsive con artist to medieval crusader - what a range!

The Nic Cage Project: Birdy

Birdy is a film about a boy who thinks he is a bird. You might think to yourself, “Why, that’s perfect! Who could play a bird better than Nicolas Cage?” But Nic Cage doesn’t play the boy who thinks he’s a bird. Matthew Modine, who you might remember from Full Metal Jacket or Transporter 2, plays the boy who thinks he is a bird.

The Sorcerer’s Apprentice Review

Ladies, I have a question to ask you: if a skinny awkward physics student informs you that he is stalking you in a non-threatening manner, would you be alarmed? And if you looked like Teresa Palmer, would you even come close to considering him as a potential future boyfriend? I ask because this is exactly […]

Jonah Hex Review

Alan Jones joins us once again for a guest review, this time for Jonah Hex. Alan is president of the University of Toronto Cinema Studies Students Union (CINSSU). This review and many others can be read on the official CINSSU blog. The American Western has fallen in stature considerably since its days as a staple […]

A Nightmare on Elm Street Review

Alan Jones joins us for a guest spot review of A Nightmare on Elm Street. Alan is president of the University of Toronto Cinema Studies Students Union (CINSSU). This review and many others can be read on the official CINSSU blog. Walking into the new Platinum Dunes horror remake of A Nightmare on Elm Street […]