Animadversion: Total Recall Movie Review by Farheen Jawaid

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The review in this post is the unedited copy of the version published in our film review column “Animadversion”, published 26th August 2012 in IMAGES on SUNDAY, Dawn Newspaper. Published version is linked at the end of the post.

Memory – Thou Is Wiped!

By Farheen Jawaid

If you want to watch a movie that is a killer combo of waste of time and logic then Total Recall is the flick for you.

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Animadversion: Step Up Revolution. Movie Review by Farheen Jawaid.

The review in this post is the unedited copy of the version published in our film review column ‘Animadversion’ in Images on Sunday (Dawn Group of Newspapers) August 12, 2012. Links to the published copy is at the end of the post.

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Singin’, Dancin’, Much Romancin’

By Farheen Jawaid

“Step Up”, the continuously returning series of dance, music and no plot, bounces back with its fourth part, Revolution. While the series was never big on plot and storytelling, this one keeps close to pedestrian imagination with two trending gimmicks: YouTube and Flash Mobbing.

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Animadversion: The Wrath of the Titans. Reviewed by Kamran Jawaid

This post is the unedited copy of The Wrath of the Titans movie review, published 8th April 2012 in our film review column Animadversion. The column appears in iMAGES on Sunday (Dawn Newspaper). Published links and scans are at the end of the post.

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The Wrath of the Amped–Up Sequel

By Mohammad Kamran Jawaid

Pitting man against angry mythical beasts and angrier mythical gods, Wrath of the Titans, the new movie continuation of the panned, yet financially successful, Clash of the Titans continues its linage by suffering the wrath of the movie critics.

Let me tell you, we critics are an awful bunch for tent-pole studio productions. We seem to have it in for big, loud, 3D blockbusters, with little or no plot – and most of the times (not to blow our own horn), we’re right.

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Animadversion: The Hunger Games. Reviewed by Farheen Jawaid

This post is the unedited copy of The Hunger Games movie review, published 8th April 2012 in our film review column Animadversion. The column appears in iMAGES on Sunday (Dawn Newspaper). Published links are at the end of the post.

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There’s Murder by Numbers in the Near Future – On Live TV.

By Farheen Jawaid

The Hunger Games, the new adapted young-adult literature, has the right ingredients for a solid block buster: a strong heroine, her harrowing battle against the odds, and a budding love-story blooming over the horizon. Aesthetic brilliance aside, everything here spells box-office gold.

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Animadversion: 21 Jump Street. Reviewed by Kamran Jawaid

This post is the original copy of the review published 1st April 2012, in our column ‘Animadversion’ (iMAGES on Sunday, Dawn Newspaper). Link to Dawn.com for the published version is at the end of the post.

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Fresh Imbeciles! –– The Undercover Cops of the New Generation

By Mohammad Kamran Jawaid

As in the case of any remake – television, feature film, video game or book – the affinity towards how well it is adapted depends on a singular prospect: the sincerity, and predisposition of its adaptors. In 21 Jump Street’s case, the reservation isn’t about how well is it adapted. The question here would be: is it adapted at all.

The simple answer would be “No”.

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Animadversion: Mirror Mirror. Reviewed by Farheen Jawaid

This post is the unedited version of the review, published in our columns Animadversion (iMAGES on Sunday, Dawn Newspaper), 1st April, 2012. The published copy is linked at the end of the post.

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Wickedness – Of an Hour and a Half

By Farheen Jawaid

The much loved Snow White and the Seven Dwarves gets a makeover Shrek style, adding to the mix the three essential S’s: sassiness, silliness and sarcasm. But unlike Shrek (at least the first two parts), Mirror Mirror lacks charm, making this live-action version an oversized misadventure.

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Dawn.com Movie Review: John Carter by Kamran Jawaid

This post is the unedited copy of John Carter’s movie’s review, published March 27, 2012 at Dawn.com.

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An Alien Man on Mars – Stranded Shirtless in Someone Else’s Wild West

By Mohammad Kamran Jawaid

In a planet far, far, away, a man jumps a hundred feet jump and frees a nation.

It is my recommendation that when watching John Carter, the new science fiction/adventure flick, one lets go of genre fixations and concentrate on the movie at hand. There’s a chance they’ll enjoy it more.

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Animadversion: Project X – Reviewed by Kamran Jawaid

Project X was reviewed in our movie review column “Animadversion”, iMAGES on Sunday (Dawn Newspaper), March 25, 2012. This post is Project X’s unedited copy. Links to the published version are at the end.

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Wasted and Loving It – The Woes of Teenage Anarchy

By Mohammad Kamran Jawaid

Rather than project itself as a cautionary tale of a teenager-party gone chaotic, Project X is perhaps the only contender of its lot that unabashedly celebrates its subject.

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Animadversion: John Carter – Reviewed by Farheen Jawaid

The following post is the original version of the review published in our film review column Animadversion for iMAGES on SUNDAY (Dawn Newspaper, 25 March 2012). Links and snaps of the published copy are at the end of this post.

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Stranded on Mars, with a Backstory

By Farheen Jawaid

John Carter, like last year’s Conan the Barbarian, brings back the campy 80’s sword-fantasy genre to the big screen. And rather than killing it like Conan, Director Andrew Stanton shakes it up, epic style.

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Animadversion: Ghost Rider – Spirit of Vengeance – Reviewed by Kamran Jawaid

The review of “Ghost Rider – Spirit of Vengeance” was published in our column “Animadversion” on March 11, 2012. This post is the unedited version. Links to Dawn are at the end of the post.

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The Real “Horror” of the Flaming Skull: A Maniacal Laugh and Bad Career-Day

By Mohammad Kamran Jawaid

The saddest point in any film’s nascent life is when every major film critic does his desperate best to avoid reviewing it; However, I doubt if this news makes a spec of a difference to the film’s directing-duo Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor (of Crank fame).

Ghost Rider’s sequel, subtitled The Spirit of Vengeance, again has Nicolas Cage as Johnny Blaze, a once celebrity motorcycle stuntman with the devil’s luck on him. Duped into signing a contract with the prince of darkness, Blaze, endowed by the “spirit of vengeance”, is immune to death. In his superhero avatar, Blaze gets a flaming skull, a manic loony-toon inspired laugh and the tendency to incinerate evil people. But that may not be a bad thing – at least with a laughing flaming skull, he looks like he’s happy on the job.

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