Archive for the ‘Film Reviews’ Category

At Berkeley (2013)

At Berkeley (2013)
Frederick Wiseman’s documentary, At Berkeley, his 38th institution-based film, is by far the longest documentary at this year’s London Film Festival. It is also, I think fair to say, probably going to be one of the best. For a documentary with no immediate narrative drive (more on this...
October 16th, 2013 | Feature, Film Reviews | Read More

Captain Phillips (2013)

Captain Phillips (2013)
Frequently the best films are those which are hardest to watch.  The latest release from Columbia Pictures is a case in point.  The action / drama Captain Phillips, by BAFTA award winning English director Paul Greengrass and starring Tom Hanks, is a riveting yet harrowing experience. Based on fact,...
October 16th, 2013 | Feature, Film Reviews | Read More

The Double (2013)

The Double (2013)
Following up his pretty rubbish Submarine, Richard Ayoade has returned with another literary adaptation, this time of Dostoevsky’s novella The Double. With Jesse Eisenberg playing the socially awkward and general doormat Simon James, plus his confident doppelgänger James Simon, this film had potential....
October 16th, 2013 | Film Reviews | Read More

Inside Llewyn Davis (2013)

Inside Llewyn Davis (2013)
Inside Llewyn Davis, whilst proving almost impossible for me to pronounce, is one of the best scripted films of this year’s London Film Festival, and one of the best overall. Written and directed by the Coen brothers, it follows folk musician Llewyn Davis (Oscar Isaac) as he navigates a week of his...
October 16th, 2013 | Feature, Film Reviews | Read More

Abuse Of Weakness (2013)

Abuse Of Weakness (2013)
It’s befitting of Catherine Breillat’s semi-autobiographical latest, Abuse Of Weakness, that its title should be both an encapsulation and meta-commentary on her oeuvre to date; her films equally depict an abuse of weakness – usually between male aggressors and unsettled females –...
October 16th, 2013 | Feature, Film Reviews | Read More

Starred Up (2013)

Starred Up (2013)
Confidently evoking and eschewing British prison drama cliché, David Mackenzie’s Starred Up is a fascinating exploration of physical performance and aggression, his actors wielding their bodies like sculpted and emotive weapons – gladiators and savage models, they are native to pure, silent...
October 16th, 2013 | Feature, Film Reviews | Read More

Night Moves (2013)

Night Moves (2013)
If Meek’s Cutoff (2010) was Kelly Reichardt’s deconstruction of that most American of genres, the Western, whose archetypal form romanticizes the frontier culture which birthed innovators and outlaws alike, then her latest, the eco-thriller Night Moves, is an unexpected continuation of its...
October 15th, 2013 | Film Reviews | Read More

Sixteen (2013)

Sixteen (2013)
Sixteen is an odd film, short at only eighty minutes, that manages to feel a lot longer but also be quite compelling. Jumah (Roger Jean Nsengiyumva) is a fifteen year old from Congo who, after being adopted by Laura (Rachael Stirling), lives with her in west London. It’s never made clear how long he’s...
October 14th, 2013 | Film Reviews | Read More

Enough Said (2013)

Enough Said (2013)
Enough Said is the cinema equivalent of a giant hug. Featuring the late James Gandolfini in one of his last roles, Julia Louis-Dreyfus and the ever brilliant Toni Collette, it tells the story of Eva (Louis-Dreyfus) and Albert (Gandolfini). The pair are in the same situation; both divorced with children...
October 14th, 2013 | Feature, Film Reviews | Read More

All Is Lost (2013)

All Is Lost (2013)
If you’re afraid of sharks, drowning or the sea then All Is Lost might not be the film for you. Having said that, it’s definitely a film that should be seen, preferably on a massive screen with an amazing sound system. Robert Redford, the sole cast member, plays an able sailor who, whilst on a […]
October 13th, 2013 | Feature, Film Reviews | Read More