When a Jewish prince is betrayed and sent into slavery by a Roman friend, he regains his freedom and comes back for revenge.

benhurchariotBen-Hur is described as the “entertainment experience of a lifetime”, which is probably correct. Because at over three and a half hours long, you don’t have much lifetime left to try and top it. The movie even has an intermission, I guess because in 1959, there were laws about how long you could make an audience sit still and quiet in a cinema for. Luckily for Martin Scorsese and Peter Jackson, 2015 has no such laws. Continue reading “Ben-Hur”

Shutter Island

A U.S Marshal investigates the disappearance of a murderess who escaped from a hospital for the criminally insane.

shutterislandShutter Island is full of twists and turns. I’ll admit that when I watched it again to cross it off the list, I was trying to second-guess it like it was my first time. I still haven’t found all the answers I was looking for. All I know is that if I was marooned on an island with Sir Ben Kingsley analysing my every move, I’d probably get crazy violent too. Continue reading “Shutter Island”


When a Roman general is betrayed and his family murdered by an emperor’s corrupt son, he comes to Rome as a gladiator to seek revenge.

gladiator002My family and I have a running joke about Gladiator. My brother has seen this film more times than anybody I know, but I doubt he remembers what it’s really about – he was no older than five at the time. My parents used to let him sit in front of the TV with Gladiator playing on a loop. All 155 minutes of R-rated Roman glory. Despite this, he’s surprisingly well-adjusted. He hasn’t committed a single school shooting yet. Continue reading “Gladiator”