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Bill O’Byrne’s Bargain Bin Blues: Paranoia

PARANOIA ☆☆☆☆☆ Director: Robert Luketic. Cast: Gary Oldman, Amber Heard, Liam Hemsworth, Harrison Ford, Richard Dreyfuss.  So the producers of Paranoia are getting the team together to shoot this hi-tech cyber thriller and all the focus groups say that the way to get women along to what is generally a penile-centric genre is to get a pretty-yet-macho […]

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Bill O’Byrne’s Bargain Bin Blues: The Double

THE DOUBLE ☆☆☆☆☆ Director: Richard Ayoade. Cast: Jesse Eisenberg, Mia Wasikowska, Wallace Shawn, Yasmin Paige. Some movies you just enjoy watching – they’re full of interesting bits and twists and great characters and you’re thinking, ‘wow, this is fantastic, now all we need is a really great ending to tie this together and by hokey, it’ll be one helluva movie!’” […]

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Bill O’Byrne’s Bargain Bin Blues: How I Live Now

HOW I LIVE NOW  ☆☆☆☆☆ Director: Kevin Macdonald. Cast: Saoirse Ronan, Tom Holland, George McKay, Harley Bird. If you are on the electoral roll, sometimes the New Zealand government will pay you to watch porn. Well, pay is probably a loose term. In my case I received a $50 Farmers voucher from the Office of […]

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Bill O’Byrne’s Bargain Bin Blues: The Hundred-Foot Journey

The Hundred-Foot Journey | Value for money: $$$ Directed by Lasse Hallström. Written by Steven Knight. Starring Om Puri, Helen Mirren, Manish Dayal, Catherine Le Bon. If you love food, understanding between human beings, Helen Mirren, more food, romance, beautiful cinematography, even more bloody food, France and absolutely no plot twists or turns, then this, my […]

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Bill O’Byrne’s Bargain Bin Blues: Brick Mansions

Brick Mansions | Value for money: $$ Directed by Camille Delamarre. Written by Luc Besson, Robert Mark Kamen, Bibi Naceri. Starring Paul Walker, David Belle, Catalina Denis, RZA. Brick Mansions is a tale of redemption. And civic renewal. And parkour. A lot of parkour. Which is the Dungeons and Dragons of stunt work, but it certainly brightens […]

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Bill O’Byrne’s Bargain Bin Blues: Transcendence

Transcendence Directed by Wally Pfister. Written by Jack Paglen. Starring Johnny Depp, Rebecca Hall, Paul Bettany, Morgan Freeman. Value for money:  $$ if it is crap like I suspect $$$$ if it is a genius look at AI and morality. Which went over my head. Transcendence is either a ham-fisted thriller with clunky characters and […]

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Bill O’Byrne’s Bargain Bin Blues: 3 Days to Kill

3 Days to Kill (Extended Cut) | Value for money: $$  Directed by McG. Written by Luc Bresson.  Starring Kevin Costner, Amber Heard, Hailee Steinfeld. You just know an action movie isn’t doing what should be when halfway through it you pick up the back of the movie case to see the movie is 122 minutes long […]

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Bill O’Byrne’s Bargain Bin Blues: Draft Day

Draft Day | Value for money: $$$ Directed by Ivan Reitman. Written by Scott Rothman, Rajiv Joseph. Starring Kevin Costner, Jennifer Garner, Denis Leary. $18.99 (Mighty Ape) This is one for the sports fans. And while you don’t have to be a fan of American football, it sure will help in your appreciation of Draft […]

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Bill O’Byrne’s Bargain Bin Blues: Just One Day

Just One Day | Value for money $$ Directed by Adam Rodgers. Written by Glenn German, Adam Rodgers. Starring Vera Farmiga, Andy Garcia, Tom Skerritt. Despite high levels of tweeness and ham-fisted emotionalism, in certain circumstances Just One Day will probably get you laid, which is a lot more than you can say for Lawrence […]

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Bill O’Byrne’s Bargain Bin Blues: The Raid 2

The Raid 2 | Value for money: $$$$$ Directed, written and edited by Gareth Evans. Starring Iko Uwais, Arifin Putra, Yayan Ruhian. The Raid 2 is the first Bargain Bin Blues flick to get the coveted five dollar signs of super value. For whatever you shell out for this wherever you find it, you get two and a half […]

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