Archive for the ‘Film Reviews’ Category

Frank (2014)

Frank (2014)
It’s the well-known story, the familiar dream of making it big as a musician and leaving your old, ordinary life far behind. Such is the situation we find Jon in, played by Domhnall Gleeson, an office drone chained to his desk job who is desperately seeking some hallowed musical inspiration; a spark...
April 28th, 2014 | Feature, Film Reviews | Read More

Transcendence (2014)

Transcendence (2014)
Hack that program, fast! The sci-fi Luddite movie Transcendence is a disappointment on many levels, its dialogue trite, its action sluggish, its imagination falling short of its ambition. It’s all pretty forgettable, and in a way maybe that’s just as well. Who wants to remember Johnny Depp...
April 24th, 2014 | Feature, Film Reviews | Read More

The Double (2013)

The Double (2013)
The second feature directed by Richard Ayoade, The Double is quite a different beast from his debut, Submarine. Based on a novella by Fyodor Dostoevsky (and I’m not going to pretend that I’ve read it), this is a dark thriller set in a grim world full of suicides, jobsworths and a general...
April 24th, 2014 | Film Reviews | Read More

After the Night (2013)

After the Night (2013)
Following Sombra (Pedro Ferreira) through the streets of his Lisbon slum is a disorienting experience. He moves with the awkward swagger of an oddball teenager trying to fit in as he wanders through alleyways bathed in brief flashes of light, across imbricated rooftops and through ramshackle huts. It’s...
April 23rd, 2014 | Feature, Film Reviews | Read More

The Lunchbox (2013)

The Lunchbox (2013)
They say that food is the language of love and so it proves for Ritesh Batra in his debut feature. It is food that provides the bridge to bring together two lonely souls stuck in a life of isolation. We are social animals after all; the desire to share everything from rare intimate moments to […]
April 16th, 2014 | Feature, Film Reviews | Read More

Pioneer (2013)

Pioneer (2013)
Despite the vast riches natural resources promise, they have a tendency to lead to corruption and instability. Norway is one of the few countries that has successfully marshalled this cursed prize, using careful exploitation and prudent saving to generate a sovereign wealth fund the envy of the world....
April 11th, 2014 | Feature, Film Reviews | Read More

The Raid 2: Berandal (2014)

The Raid 2: Berandal (2014)
When The Raid came out in 2012, the word ‘overwhelming’ seemed like an understatement.  Seeing such a full-on action film made by a relatively unknown guy in Wales was a surprise – but a welcome one, as it became one of the best martial art films to come out in years.  So, what can be […]
April 10th, 2014 | Film Reviews | Read More

Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)

Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)
Captain America: The Winter Soldier is a very good film. It’s got some fantastic action set-pieces, a good villain, and also benefits from a storyline that adds an edge and relevance lacking from the first movie. Yet, it’s still not quite as good as the first movie. That was just rollicking...
April 9th, 2014 | Film Reviews | Read More

The Double (2013)

The Double (2013)
Double may only be Richard Ayoade’s second directorial credit, but it is likely his most artistic offering yet. This brief whirlwind of affairs, adapted from the Dostoyevsky novella of the same name, follows the increasing misfortune that befalls one Simon James (as played by Jesse Eisenberg) after...
April 8th, 2014 | Film Reviews | Read More

The Raid 2: Berandal (2014)

The Raid 2: Berandal (2014)
The Raid 2 has a couple of different titles. It’s also called The Raid 2: Berandal (the title I decided to go with), and IMDb have it listed as The Raid: Retaliation. But action movie fans can just go ahead and call it the action movie of the year. Yes, I know we’re only in the fourth...
April 7th, 2014 | Feature, Film Reviews | Read More