Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark (2010) Film Review


Sally (Bailee Madison) is a creepy and annoying young girl who moves into a mysterious old Gothic mansion with her father, Alex (Guy Pearce) and his girlfriend, Kim (Katie Holmes). Alex is doing up the mansion when Sally discovers these fairy creatures that she initially thinks are good and ace but turn out to be scary.

This film was written by Guillermo del Toro and I guess I was fooled by my love of Pan’s Labyrinth into thinking this may be a beautiful, artistic film with some heart and stuff. And perhaps there is an attempt to have that heart, but it lost me. I found all the characters cold and I could not engage with them, I kept hoping the kid would be taken by these creatures and even Guy Pearce could not save it for me. What I enjoyed the most was playing ‘spot the Aussie actors’ – it was filmed in Melbourne, and there were a lot of familiar faces.

Batman Begins (2005) Film Review


Bruce Wayne (Christian Bale) is travelling the world, attempting to find way to get past the murder of his parents that he witnessed as a small child. After training in some mountains with a mysterious group, he eschews their offer to join them and returns to Gotham, to his butler, Alfred (Michael Caine) in the hope of improving the lives of the residents. But there is a bad guy, the Scarecrow (Cillian Murphy) who is causing problems. Bruce meets Fox (Morgan Freeman) who is in research and development, and Batman Begins.

Having used The Dark Night as a teaching text, I tend to be overly focused on that film over either this or the final in the trilogy. Watching this again reminds me of just how good it is – characters are set up, a strong story is told and it is left on the edge of the next film. Wonderful.

Batman Begins was nominated for an Oscar for Best Achievement in Cinematography.