Archive for the ‘Film Reviews’ Category

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

Elysium (2013)

Elysium (2013)
Brace yourself for some radical African science fiction! (Warning: This review contains SPOILERS!!) The year is 2154. Earth is an overpopulated dump of crime, dirt and disease. The wealthy elite has installed themselves in a large luxurious space habitat in Earth orbit: Elysium. Here everyone has access...
August 21st, 2013 | Film Reviews | Read More

The East (2013)

The East (2013)
Ambivalence about corporate evil in a cult thriller The East is a thriller about a private intelligence firm that protects large corporations from “ecoterrorist” groups by infiltrating them and sabotaging them — more or less the same thing the “ecoterrorists” do to corporations,...
August 19th, 2013 | Film Reviews | Read More

Elysium (2013)

Elysium (2013)
The future is a hell of a mess In the movie world of the South African director Neill Blomkamp, whose 2009 District 9 was a surprise hit that got four Oscar nominations, the future, clearly, is dystopian. Actually, it’s a huge social and political nightmare where whatever injustices we suffer...
August 19th, 2013 | Feature, Film Reviews | Read More

Only God Forgives (2013)

Only God Forgives (2013)
The past year has been a good one for arthouse fare invading the multiplexes, cunningly wrapped up in packaging that made it more appealing to viewers of mainstream cinema. Okay, it may have been only two movies that managed such a cheeky move (Spring Breakers and this one), but those two movies have...
August 18th, 2013 | Film Reviews | Read More

A Good Day To Die Hard (2013)

A Good Day To Die Hard (2013)
Bruce Willis is fed up of making action movies. You may have heard or read comments to that extent recently. You may have seen Willis acting like some unhappy, spoilt brat in one or two televised interviews. He has made no attempt recently to hide his disdain for the movies which have tended to make...
August 18th, 2013 | Film Reviews | Read More

Drug War (2012)

Drug War (2012)
Battle to the last In Drug War the Hong Kong crime movie great Johnnie To shifts to the mainland (and to Mandarin) for a red-hot action tale. The return to his signature genre in the new location (he’d already recently made a couple or romantic comedies over there) proves a real shot in the arm....
August 18th, 2013 | Film Reviews | Read More