Archive for the ‘Film Reviews’ Category

Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (2014)

Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (2014)
Imagine one intrepid studio executive – no it’s not an oxymoron; there’s more of them then we suspect (I suspect) – having survived the cold-sweat panic that must have been induced upon the first viewing of Shadow Recruit and – leaving the live action sequences just as they are – brought...
May 19th, 2014 | Film Reviews | Read More

A Touch of Sin (2013)

A Touch of Sin (2013)
A Touch of Sin is Jia Zhangke’s portrait of the new China, a society which is caught in the gap between tradition and ruthless capitalism gone awry, where greed, corruption and despair are rampant and fully embraced by the new rich. Jia Zhangke is a representative of the so-called ‘Sixth...
May 18th, 2014 | Feature, Film Reviews | Read More

Godzilla (2014)

Godzilla (2014)
Godzilla 2014 is the Hagler vs. Hearns of giant rampaging colossal beast movies—only three rounds of action but who’s complaining?  (For those too young to remember, Hagler vs. Hearns was ranked almost universally as the greatest fight in history.)  This movie successfully strives to embody the...
May 18th, 2014 | Feature, Film Reviews | Read More

Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter (2014)

Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter (2014)
For their latest cinematic effort, sibling filmmakers David and Nathan Zellner have stripped back a story passed down through Internet message boards, telling of the curious journey of one Japanese woman who travels to the other side of the world to find treasure. Together as screenwriters, they filled...
May 15th, 2014 | Feature, Film Reviews | Read More

Pantani: The Accidental Death of a Cyclist (2013)

Pantani: The Accidental Death of a Cyclist (2013)
It takes a certain kind of madness to launch tireless charges up a mountain before freewheeling down so fast it’s barely possible to make out the scenery. Such madness certainly applied to Marco Pantani, the diminutive Italian who specialised in mountain climbing, attacking the Alps like a man possessed....
May 15th, 2014 | Feature, Film Reviews | Read More

47 Ronin (2013)

47 Ronin (2013)
A new adaptation of an old tale, 47 Ronin is a flawed film, yet not without some enjoyable moments. Carl Rinsch makes his feature directorial debut, after a number of shorts that seem to have shown some great potential (according to the feedback I could find on them), and he doesn’t do a bad job....
May 12th, 2014 | Film Reviews | Read More

Blue Ruin (2013)

Blue Ruin (2013)
Messy revenge Blue Ruin’s title made me think of Alexandre Moors’s Blue Caprice, another indie film about killers who lived out of an old car. (They’re even both Pontiacs.) As I’m not the first to say (it came out in Directors’ Fortnight at Cannes last year), Blue Ruin is...
May 9th, 2014 | Film Reviews | Read More

Frank (2014)

Frank (2014)
The first thing you notice about Frank is his face. Or to be more precise, the first thing you notice is that you cannot see his face. At all times, and this includes in the shower, he wears a giant fake head. If you think you might have seen this before, that is because you […]
May 8th, 2014 | Feature, Film Reviews | Read More

Twilight Zone: The Movie (1983)

Twilight Zone: The Movie (1983)
An anthology movie based on that classic TV show (and my personal favourite TV show of all time), Twilight Zone: The Movie may, like many anthology movies, not hit a home run with every segment, but it does a better job than most, and is book-ended by two truly memorable sequences that help to raise...
May 7th, 2014 | Film Reviews | Read More

13 Sins (2014)

13 Sins (2014)
Now THIS is how you do a remake. Taking the premise from 13: Game Of Death and using it as a framework for a mix of humour and nastiness, director Daniel Stamm (who also co-wrote the screenplay with David Birke)  does his utmost to please both fans of the original film and newcomers alike. Mark Webber...
May 7th, 2014 | Feature, Film Reviews | Read More