Archive for the ‘Film Reviews’ Category

Behind The Camera: Why Mr. E Went To Hollywood (2013)

Behind The Camera: Why Mr. E Went To Hollywood (2013)
Blurring the lines between documentary and fiction, director Je-yong Lee’s Behind The Camera is best described as the Korean version of Tom DiCillo’s Living In Oblivion (1995), his brilliantly witty account of the perils of filmmaking and, better yet, the subjectivity of shared experience....
November 12th, 2013 | Film Reviews | Read More

About Time (2013)

About Time (2013)
Second chances Richard Curtis writes his own screenplays, and well he might, since he got a First in English at Oxford. Oxford notwithstanding, he is a pop writer, a Brit from New Zealand originally who turns out English equivalents of Nora Ephron. And no harm in that. If Notting Hill wasn’t...
November 12th, 2013 | Film Reviews | Read More

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013)

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013)
The dreaded sequel to a first instalment is the make-or-break point in any film franchise.  Most have a tendency to be inferior to the original film, but then once in a while, you get a sequel that exceeds all expectations or even better yet, surprise you. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire follows Katniss...
November 12th, 2013 | Feature, Film Reviews | Read More

Her (2013)

Her (2013)
A mechanized rom-com that goes soft Her takes us to a futuristic LA deftly constructed using exteriors shot in Shanghai. It’s a pretty, pastel world. But there’s small fun in it because its inhabitants, made up chiefly of thirty-somethings, can’t relate. The protagonist, Theodore (Joaquin...
November 12th, 2013 | Feature, Film Reviews | Read More

Boomerang Family (2013)

Boomerang Family (2013)
There are families with black sheep, and then there are black sheep families. The dysfunctional kindred of Hae-sung Song’s fantastically obsidian comedy are like a low-class, anti-intellectual, economically ruined Royal Tenenbaums: the oldest, a college graduate who never realised his potential...
November 12th, 2013 | Feature, Film Reviews | Read More

We Are the Best! (2013)

We Are the Best! (2013)
Having missed this film at the Venice Film Festival this year, due to a scheduling clash, I was delighted to see it was playing at the Cornwall Film Festival. Lukas Moodysson’s latest film is a slice of adolescent punk set in Stockholm in 1982 and based on wife Coco’s comic book. Moodysson returns...
November 12th, 2013 | Feature, Film Reviews | Read More

Gravity (2013)

Gravity (2013)
Dazzling evocation of floating in space, not free of other conventions When it begins in medias res, an experienced American astronaut, Matt Kowalski (George Clooney), is working with a woman medical engineer, Ryan Stone (Sandra Bullock), who’s only had six months of training, and they’re...
November 11th, 2013 | Film Reviews | Read More

Jeune & jolie (2013)

Jeune & jolie (2013)
The mystery film at this year’s Cornwall Film Festival was the highly anticipated latest film from acclaimed French director François Ozon. Jeune & jolie, translated as Young and Beautiful, focuses on gorgeous  17 year old Isabelle (Marine Vacth), who strategically loses her virginity on a family...
November 11th, 2013 | Feature, Film Reviews | Read More

The Broken Circle Breakdown (2012)

The Broken Circle Breakdown (2012)
Didier and Elise at first appear an unlikely pair, he a brooding, atheist country singer and she a pretty tattoo artist with a cross, but soon it is clear they were made for each other. Structured in flashbacks and flashforwards, much like Blue Valentine, we piece together the story of the couple and...
November 10th, 2013 | Feature, Film Reviews | Read More

This Is The End (2013)

This Is The End (2013)
Seth Rogen, Jay Baruchel, James Franco, Craig Robinson, Jonah Hill and Danny McBride all have fun playing movie versions of themselves in this comedy that takes place during the apocalypse. There’s death and destruction outside their haven – James Franco’s house – but indoors...
November 10th, 2013 | Film Reviews | Read More