Archive for the ‘Film Reviews’ Category

The Field (2013)

The Field (2013)
The Field is a 2013 British short film, written and directed by Andy Orr and Matt Jones, made under the auspices of Film London (a funding body which supports new British film) and screened as part of the London Calling program of short films at the 57th London Film Festival, where it rightfully won...
October 17th, 2013 | Feature, Film Reviews | Read More

Enough Said (2013)

Enough Said (2013)
There are only a handful of actors, who can achieve brilliance for their portrayal of a television character.  Before Breaking Bad‘s Bryan Cranston, there was James Gandolfini, whose performance as Tony Soprano in The Sopranos brought him worldwide acclaim and recognition.   In one of his last...
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Prince Avalanche (2013)

Prince Avalanche (2013)
Two people with absolutely nothing in common, alone in the wilderness, has endless possibilities in terms of the story it can create and what can enfold. Here, the remake of 2011 Icelandic comedy Either Way weaves its way through the Texan wildfire-stricken landscapes to bring about this almost-carefree...
October 17th, 2013 | Feature, Film Reviews | Read More

Don Jon (2013)

Don Jon (2013)
And so Joseph Gordon-Levitt joins scores of actors branching out into direction, with his debut feature Don Jon. Featuring himself as the lead character with Scarlett Johansson and Julianne Moore in support roles, it tells the story of Jon, a man who is addicted to porn. Through a series of montages...
October 16th, 2013 | Feature, Film Reviews | Read More

Late At Night: Voices Of Ordinary Madness (2013)

Late At Night: Voices Of Ordinary Madness (2013)
Late At Night: Voices Of Ordinary Madness, directed by Xiaolu Guo, who has an impressive international resumé, is a strange beast; LAN is a documentary, masquerading as a film-essay (or perhaps the other way around, I’m not really sure) that has a point but seems to have no idea how to make it....
October 16th, 2013 | Film Reviews | Read More

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...
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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,...
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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....
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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...
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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 –...
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