Archive for the ‘Film Reviews’ Category

Dragon (2011)

Dragon (2011)
Directed by Peter Chan, who was once called the ‘most valuable filmmaker’ by the Hong Kong Filmart (International TV and film market), Dragon (title in original language: Wu Xia) is the tale of local paper tradesman and family man, Liu Jin-xi (Donnie Yen). When two thugs start trouble in...
April 2nd, 2013 | Feature, Film Reviews | Read More

A Late Quartet (2012)

A Late Quartet (2012)
We’ve heard of dysfunctional families, choirs and a cappella groups but when it comes to string quartets, it seems like the more mature audience are now the key demographic in driving traffic to the local cinema. The debut feature film from documentary director Yaron Zilberman is an example of...
April 1st, 2013 | Feature, Film Reviews | Read More

Trance (2013)

Trance (2013)
After wowing the world with last year’s stunning Olympic opening ceremony, Danny Boyle steps back behind the camera to concoct a high-octane art heist actioner. Trance enthralls with its hypnosis-induced audacity but the stupor quickly wears thin thanks to a perplexing, labyrinthine plot. Simon (James...
March 28th, 2013 | Feature, Film Reviews | Read More

Side Effects (2013)

Side Effects (2013)
Having enjoyed 2011’s Contagion, I was looking forward to another Steven Soderbergh offering. Sadly I was to be disappointed. Rooney Mara (best known for her role as Lisbeth Salander in the 2011 English language remake of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo) plays Emily Taylor, a young woman with a history...
March 20th, 2013 | Film Reviews | Read More

Red Dawn (2012)

Red Dawn (2012)
I’m not going to say that I definitely never saw the original Red Dawn back in the 1980s, but I certainly don’t remember ever seeing it. That is why I decided to finally give it a viewing last year. What I saw was a fun, flawed film very much of its time, with a great […]
March 20th, 2013 | Feature, Film Reviews | Read More

Stoker (2013)

Stoker (2013)
Like most people, when you hear “Stoker,” you immediately associates it with vampires. To be quite honest, there’s been enough of those on film and television to last a lifetime. But when you hear it paired with the director of Oldboy and that guy from Prison Break, it does raise intrigue....
March 20th, 2013 | Feature, Film Reviews | Read More

Jack The Giant Slayer (2013)

Jack The Giant Slayer (2013)
There is a whole sub-community of movie executives who will farewell their Hollywood careers when, as most assuredly it will, this film plummets like a clumsy giant out of the sky on its general release to the public. For, unlike the last film I can remember being this wretched (Danny Glover’s Age...
March 19th, 2013 | Feature, Film Reviews | Read More

The Paperboy (2012)

The Paperboy (2012)
When you think of Zac Efron, what comes to mind? Most likely it’s his tween heart-throb role in the High-school Musical franchise. If I asked you the same after seeing The Paperboy the answer would be Nicole Kidman urinating on him. After taking the lead in stomach churning slushfest The Lucky One...
March 19th, 2013 | Film Reviews | Read More

Kill List (2011)

Kill List (2011)
Ritualistic hitman buddy picture Ben Wheatley’s second feature is more droll, more violent, and stranger than his debut Down Terrace but the initial sly blend of domestic and mundane with criminal and brutal remains. Wheatley has an abiding interest in the banality of evil, behind which there...
March 17th, 2013 | Film Reviews | Read More

Man On A Ledge (2012)

Man On A Ledge (2012)
Sam Worthington plays Nick Cassidy, an ex-policeman who has been found guilty of stealing a VERY valuable diamond from canny businessman David Englander (Ed Harris). With nothing left to lose, Nick escapes from the authorities, checks into a hotel, orders himself a good meal and then steps out onto the...
March 17th, 2013 | Film Reviews | Read More