Archive for the ‘Film Reviews’ Category

Child of God (2013)

Child of God (2013)
Based on the novel by Cormac McCarthy, James Franco’s Child of God is set to divide audiences and possibly be the most controversial film at this year’s Venice Film Festival. Lester Ballard is a social outcast. Living on the very fringe of society, surviving in an abandoned cabin and hunting wild...
August 31st, 2013 | Feature, Film Reviews | Read More

The Canyons (2013)

The Canyons (2013)
Paul Schrader and Bret Easton Ellis’ collaboration has got everybody talking at Venice, but not necessarily for the right reasons. Christian (James Deen) is a trust fund LA kid who’s dabbled in being a film ‘director’ but his main passion seems to be having sex with strangers along with his...
August 30th, 2013 | Feature, Film Reviews | Read More

Joe (2013)

Joe (2013)
A drama from the director of Pineapple Express and Your Highness did not appeal that much, but I was pleasantly surprised with Joe. Joe (Nicholas Cage) is an ex-con living in a small town in the Deep South with his vicious American Bulldog. He works hard, enjoys a strong drink, the company of the local...
August 30th, 2013 | Feature, Film Reviews | Read More

Pain & Gain (2013)

Pain & Gain (2013)
Michael Bay is infamous for his big blockbusters with an emphasis on entertainment value, mainly in the form of big explosions. After his efforts in bringing several live-action Transformers films to the big screen, his latest feature can be basically described as Goodfellas with steroids. Pain and Gain...
August 30th, 2013 | Feature, Film Reviews | Read More

Via Castellana Bandiera (2013)

Via Castellana Bandiera (2013)
This is director Emma Dante’s debut on the big screen, previously she has worked in theatre, and it is an extremely promising start to her film career. The majority of the film takes place in the titular Italian street, where two cars coming from opposite directions block each other passing in a tiny...
August 30th, 2013 | Feature, Film Reviews | Read More

Tracks (2013)

Tracks (2013)
Every good story involves a journey in one form or another and Tracks covers one epic journey across the Australian desert. It is not only the physical challenge of this but also the mental one that creates the basis of this story. Based on the true tale of explorer Robyn Davidson, the film follows her...
August 30th, 2013 | Feature, Film Reviews | Read More

Gravity (2013)

Gravity (2013)
It has been 7 years since Alfonso Cuaron directed a feature film, Children of Men, and Gravity proves the wait has been worth it. Medical engineer Dr. Ryan Stone (Sandra Bullock), and accustomed astronaut Matt Kowalsky (George Clooney) are brought together in space when Stone is employed as a specialist...
August 28th, 2013 | Feature, Film Reviews | Read More

The Way, Way Back (2013)

The Way, Way Back (2013)
The Way, Way Back is yet another coming-of-age story, this time about a fourteen year old who is dragged to his mum’s boyfriend’s beach house for some Summer family bonding. Stuck in his socially awkward skin and rejected by his (fairly stereotypically) bitchy step-sister (Zoe Levin), Duncan (Liam...
August 27th, 2013 | Feature, Film Reviews | Read More

You’re Next (2013)

You’re Next (2013)
If a comedy is a game of rugby, then horror is the dressage phase of a three day equestrian event. There is a rigid formal structure to, er, cleave to, and success or failure is eked out of nuances and minor variations within that sturdy frame. All the more so with the Home Invasion sub-genre, […]
August 26th, 2013 | Feature, Film Reviews | Read More

Wadjda (2013)

Wadjda (2013)
It is not often that a film about a girl on a bike makes headlines, but Wadjda deservedly does just that, although not necessarily for the quality of the acting, with the exception, I hasten to add, of Waad Mohammed’s performance in the title role. Judging this film on its acting performances would...
August 24th, 2013 | Film Reviews | Read More