Archive for the ‘Film Reviews’ Category

The Past (2013)

The Past (2013)
Stuck: who’s at fault this time?  Asghar Farhadi is the gifted and self-assured Iranian writer-director who won international attention and the Best Foreign Oscar for his 2011 Farsi-language film A Separation. Now, like his distinguished compatriot Abbas Kiarostami, who made a film in Tuscany...
March 27th, 2014 | Film Reviews | Read More

Labour Day (2013)

Labour Day (2013)
Prisoner pastry In his new film Labour Day, Jason Reitman turns his hand to suspenseful melodrama. Everything he has done till now, which includes Thank You for Smoking, Juno, Up in the Air, and Young Adult, was dry, sardonic, and trendy. Now he goes back to 1986, and you can’t help wondering...
March 27th, 2014 | Film Reviews | Read More

The Wolverine (2013)

The Wolverine (2013)
Hugh Jackman returns to his signature role (with this being his sixth time wielding those adamantium claws) for the first time without any X-tensive support from his fellow X-Men. Oh, there are one or two cameo roles, but this is a Wolverine movie that strips everything down to the bone, especially the...
March 27th, 2014 | Film Reviews | Read More

Thor: The Dark World (2013)

Thor: The Dark World (2013)
Before I saw Thor I was worried that it was going to be a dreary, po-faced movie about a guy who had no sense of humour, but one mighty hammer. Thankfully, that wasn’t the case. Thor turned out to be surprisingly entertaining, thanks to the humour mixed through it and some absolutely gorgeous...
March 27th, 2014 | Film Reviews | Read More

The Borderlands (2013)

The Borderlands (2013)
How times change, eh. Every time I see Gordon Kennedy I still think of him as part of the panel debating how to boost the appeal of Stoneybridge in Absolutely. He has been doing solid work for years, but he would always be one of the Stoneybridge council to me. Well, that may change now […]
March 26th, 2014 | Feature, Film Reviews | Read More

Homefront (2013)

Homefront (2013)
It’s a theme with enough intrinsic promise to lend itself to many variations, from the profane to the profanely sublime: a man with a troubled or violent past seeks peace and redemption in a new life, a new place. Usually in a small town off the beaten path. A History of Violence, for example, reaches...
March 24th, 2014 | Film Reviews | Read More

The Past (2013)

The Past (2013)
The past can be a grotesque animal, liable to let discord grow and fester. Here it rears its unresolved head when the arrival of a figure from a previous life brings to the boil simmering secrets. In Asghar Farhadi’s brilliant follow-up to 2011’s A Separation, he shows that old wounds might fade...
March 24th, 2014 | Feature, Film Reviews | Read More

Nymphomaniac: Volume II (2013)

Nymphomaniac: Volume II (2013)
THIS is more like the Von Trier I have come to know in recent years. Nymphomaniac: Vol II is awful. I’m not going to be coy about it. It contains all of the worst traits of the writer-director, and proves to be even more disappointing after the decent start made by the first volume. The […]
March 21st, 2014 | Film Reviews | Read More

Nymphomaniac: Volume I (2013)

Nymphomaniac: Volume I (2013)
It’s hard to think of a more contentious film director in recent times than Lars von Trier. Not only does he do a fine line in movies that mix art with a lot of content that’s not often palatable for the audience he seems to be aiming at, but he’s also a man who seems […]
March 19th, 2014 | Film Reviews | Read More

Locke (2013)

Locke (2013)
A man drives down the M6 desperately trying to reach a London hospital while attempting to patch up his disintegrating home and professional life through a series of phone calls. Director and writer Steven Knight deserves praise for his bold attempt to try something different even if he can’t quite...
March 18th, 2014 | Film Reviews | Read More