Film Review

Film Review

Starred Up (2013)

Rough father-son bonding in an English prison: a breakthrough for director and star “Starred up” denotes the British prison practice of introducing some particularly hard youthful cases into adult prison before they’re 21. Eric Love (Jack O’Connell) at 19 is an explosive, violent youth brought into jail after years of […]

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Ex Machina (2015)

Since writing Dredd in 2012, novelist and screenwriter Alex Garland has been pretty quiet. After novels such as The Beach and The Coma, he moved his creative efforts to the big screen, writing the screenplays for Danny Boyle films 28 Days Later and Sunshine.  Now, he is adding another string […]

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The Imitation Game (2014)

“Now the reason the enlightened prince and the wise general conquer the enemy whenever they move and their achievements surpass those of ordinary men is foreknowledge” – Sun Tzu, The Art of War One day shortly after World War II, Winston Churchill was asked, “If we had broken the Nazis’ […]

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Boyhood (2014)

Pleasures and days Richard Linklater’s Boyhood is a film about family life and a boy growing up from age six to age eighteen. It was shot over a twelve-year period, four days or so of shooting a year, with the principals all played by the same actors for all twelve years, and […]

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Unbroken (2014)

Hit me over the head again, please Again the fledgling director Angelina Jolie has made a film that’s powerful, unflinching, and hard to watch, like her 2011 feature debut, In the Land of Blood and Honey. Few saw that one. Many more will come out to see this. It’s a wide […]

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Whiplash (2014)

My theory is that Terrence Fletcher, the band class dictator in Whiplash, is an imaginary character, a metaphor for the artist’s inner voice, the wicked voice, the one that whispers, “You’re a fraud.”  The sadistic music teacher, played with an unreal yet riveting intensity by J.K. Simmons, is a ghost […]

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The Guest (2014)

Movies have done a lot to harm friendly relations, although the Peterson family clearly hasn’t seen enough. If you live in a small town and a stranger knocks on the door, the first reaction should by now be suspicion. If they happen to be charming and implausibly attractive, alarm bells […]

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Whiplash (2014)

It is a universal truth that some people want to be seen as special.  Whether they have a certain talent or a unique air around them, it is a fact that everyone has a trait that they hold like a badge of honour.  This idea serves as the subtext behind […]

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Testament of Youth (2014)

Similar to last year’s The Railway Man, the awards season wouldn’t be complete without a war epic.  Originally slated to be released as part of the UK’s World War I celebrations, the adaptation of the first installment of Vera Brittain’s celebrated memoir was shown as part of the 2014 London […]

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Whiplash (2014)

It starts not with a whimper, but a bang. And a crash. And Andrew Neiman demonstrating his rudiments to Shaffer Conservatory maestro Terence Fletcher. Whiplash isn’t for wasting time. Damien Chazelle’s second feature makes a point of jettisoning anything that might get in the way of the pursuit of excellence. Gone […]