Archive for the ‘Film Reviews’ Category

Chocolate Strawberry Vanilla (2013)

Chocolate Strawberry Vanilla (2013)
While it’s the kind of thing that we’ve seen a hundred times before, Chocolate Strawberry Vanilla is an impressive film, thanks in no small part to a fantastic central performance from Glenn Maynard, onscreen for almost every scene as hapless ice cream vendor, Warren Thompson. Warren spends...
April 29th, 2014 | Feature, Film Reviews | Read More

Bad Neighbours (2014)

Bad Neighbours (2014)
Who doesn’t love a culture clash comedy, especially when the two cultures clashing consist of lurid fluorescent shot glasses, self-made dildos and violent strobe lighting going up against punishingly high mortgages, breast pumps, spreadsheets and spreading bellies? It’s hardly original but Bad Neighbours...
April 29th, 2014 | Film Reviews, Reviews | Read More

Housebound (2014)

Housebound (2014)
I don’t want to give away too much about Housebound. It’s a horror comedy that manages to dance its way through a number of subgenres in a way quite unlike any other movie I can think of in recent years. The fact that it uses the elements of each subgenre to its advantage, and never fumbles,...
April 29th, 2014 | Film Reviews | Read More

Killer Legends (2014)

Killer Legends (2014)
Joshua Zeman and Rachel Mills created a fascinating horror documentary a few years ago when they created Cropsey. I was hoping that they would repeat that success with Killer Legends, a documentary about urban legends and what truths, if any, they grew from. Unfortunately, the opening scenes didn’t...
April 28th, 2014 | Film Reviews | Read More

The Voices (2014)

The Voices (2014)
The follow up film from Marjane Satrapi, director of Persepolis is not what you would expect. In one fell swoop she shifts her gaze from biographical animation to screwball, satirical comedy. The Voices sees Ryan Reynolds play Jerry Hickfang, a toilet factory worker who is, unbeknownst to those around...
April 28th, 2014 | Feature, Film Reviews | Read More

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