Author: Katie Smith-Wong

Spotlight, Top Ten

Bond: Top 10 Character Deaths

2012 marks the 50th anniversary of the James Bond film series.  The film series has been so influential over the years – from the gadgets to the girls – but for a character who is licensed to kill, Bond has proven himself to be a bit boring when performing his […]

DVD Review

Moonrise Kingdom (2012)

Moonrise Kingdom is the latest film by Wes Anderson, whose last feature, the stop-motion adaptation of Roald Dahl’s classic tale Fantastic Mr. Fox, didn’t really live up to the hype nor the whimsicalness of his earliest offerings like Rushmore and The Royal Tenenbaums. Moonrise Kingdom is set in 1965 New England, where young […]

DVD Review

Casa de Mi Padre (2012)

It’s good to have films that make things clear at the start of the film.  So, when you hear “if sounds Spanish, man that’s what it is – it’s a Spanish movie,” that’s what you’re going to get. Casa de Mi Padre is about Mexican rancher Armando Álvarez (Will Ferrell), […]

Feature, Film Review

The Campaign (2012)

The Campaign follows Congressman (and all-round douchebag) Cam Brady, played by Will Ferrell, who is looking to become re-elected unopposed for the fifth time. However, the simpleton, but loveable, community man Marty Huggins (Zach Galifianakis) steps in to the Election ring, with the support of scheming business tycoons The Motch […]

DVD Review

Circumstance (2011)

Circumstance is the controversial debut by director Maryam Keshavarz, which won the Sundance Audience Award in 2011. The film has already had an impact on Iran – it has been banned by the national authorities and Keshavarz cannot return to the country for the forseeable future. Circumstance follows the close […]

DVD Review

The Tango Lesson (1997)

Many dance films nowadays tend to be all about street crews and dance offs…quite frankly, as much as the moves they do can be eye-popping, they are all the same.  So, when the re-release of this film about the Argentine Tango popped up, I jumped at the chance. The Tango […]

DVD Review

Jaws (1975)

It is strange to think about the start of Steven Spielberg’s career.  Nowadays, he is considered a cinematic legend – he has brought dinosaurs, numerous aliens and treasure-seeking crusaders to the big screen.  It is strange to think that his big break came in the form of a book adaptation. […]

DVD Review

The Lucky One (2012)

Nicholas Sparks has developed a reputation for writing romantic (some may call soppy) stories about impossible love.  After film adaptations of three of his novels, A Walk to Remember (2002), The Notebook (2004) and Dear John (2010), it is Scott Hicks – the director of the 1996 Academy Award-winning film Shine – who […]