Archive for the ‘Film Reviews’ Category

Mood Indigo (2013)

Mood Indigo (2013)
Michel Gondry is out of control in Mood Indigo. And that is both a good and a bad thing. It does feel against my every natural inclination to criticise Gondry and his work. Originality and imagination of this magnitude is such a rare and precious gift in a world so consistently battered down by cynicism....
February 27th, 2014 | Feature, Film Reviews | Read More

The Double (2014)

The Double (2014)
The Double is horror for the meek, comedy for the rest of the world. A loose adaptation of the Dostoyevsky novel of the same name, Ayoade’s second feature as a director spans genres and spins laughs out of our deepest-held terrors that our own insecurities prevent us from ever measuring up to our...
February 27th, 2014 | Feature, Film Reviews | Read More

The Book Thief (2014)

The Book Thief (2014)
There is a moving, beautifully-filmed story about a handsome young German girl struggling for her life, and to come of age, through an unlikely bond with a young Jewish refugee during the death throes of the Third Reich. This isn’t it. That film is Cate Shortland’s remarkable Lore (2012),...
February 24th, 2014 | Feature, Film Reviews | Read More

Byzantium (2012)

Byzantium (2012)
Most movies, sadly, are either too gratuitous or not gratuitous enough. Why does it have to be so hard to strike the right balance? A mother/daughter pair of 200-year-old vampires are leading a secret life, in perpetual flight from a brotherhood of male vampires. The mother, Clara (Gemma Arterton), started...
February 23rd, 2014 | Film Reviews | Read More

RoboCop (2014)

RoboCop (2014)
The mechanical encrusted on the living — again  The new 2014 RoboCop is a remake of the 1987 Paul Verhoeven film with some of the key elements changed. This new model lingers more on the human side, emphasising how turning the wrecked body of the police protagonist into a glittering, powerful...
February 21st, 2014 | Film Reviews | Read More

Only Lovers Left Alive (2013)

Only Lovers Left Alive (2013)
After the success of the Twilight films, delving into the vampire film genre is a risky move.  Gone are the Hammer Horror films where vamps wore capes and actually fed on people.  In the course of a few years, Stephanie Meyer weakened the gothic horror aspect of the genre by incorporating them into...
February 21st, 2014 | Film Reviews | Read More

Only Lovers Left Alive (2013)

Only Lovers Left Alive (2013)
Only Lovers Left Alive is the first Jim Jarmusch film I have seen in a very long time. Come to think of it, it may even have been the only one since his 1984 big moment with Stranger Than Paradise and I sincerely believe that not having allowed myself or having made at least an […]
February 20th, 2014 | Feature, Film Reviews | Read More

Safety Not Guaranteed (2012)

Safety Not Guaranteed (2012)
Based on a personal ad that appeared in a magazine in 1997 (placed there by an employee to fill some space), Safety Not Guaranteed is a quirky comedy drama that’s about time travel, but often not in the traditional sense of the phrase. Aubrey Plaza plays Darius, a young magazine intern who is taken...
February 20th, 2014 | Film Reviews | Read More

The Lego Movie (2014)

The Lego Movie (2014)
Like most American blockbusters The Lego Movie is mainly physical action. Based on the game of Lego, it's an elaborate virtuoso display of tiny fixed interlocking parts creating a universe populated with buildings, figures, objects, all rectilinear and multicoloured and plastic, yet, through the magic...
February 19th, 2014 | Film Reviews | Read More

Her (2013)

Her (2013)
Her is the movie that has been summed up, both correctly and incorrectly, as . . . . . . . . man falls in love with a Siri-alike. It’s from Spike Jonze, who both directed and wrote this one, and sits perfectly alongside most of his other movies, films that tend to mix the […]
February 18th, 2014 | Film Reviews | Read More