Posts Tagged ‘drama’

The English Teacher (2013)

The English Teacher (2013)
As someone who’s spent many years at the university, who loves Shakespeare and is also an aspiring writer, I have always had a special affection for movies about writing, about authors, about theatre and about teaching. I recently watched, for instance, Tenure (2008) and Liberal Arts (2012), both of...
February 28th, 2014 | DVD Reviews | Read More

In The Name Of (2013)

In The Name Of (2013)
One of the tales which makes up Flaubert’s Trois Contes is ‘La Légende de Saint-Julien l’Hospitalier’. Its message is poignant: in order to become a saint, one must first be a sinner. Flaubert focuses on the male rite of passage in his interpretation of the religious tale,...
February 28th, 2014 | DVD Reviews | Read More

Mood Indigo (2013)

Mood Indigo (2013)
Michel Gondry is out of control in Mood Indigo. And that is both a good and a bad thing. It does feel against my every natural inclination to criticise Gondry and his work. Originality and imagination of this magnitude is such a rare and precious gift in a world so consistently battered down by cynicism....
February 27th, 2014 | Feature, Film Reviews | Read More

Byzantium (2012)

Byzantium (2012)
Most movies, sadly, are either too gratuitous or not gratuitous enough. Why does it have to be so hard to strike the right balance? A mother/daughter pair of 200-year-old vampires are leading a secret life, in perpetual flight from a brotherhood of male vampires. The mother, Clara (Gemma Arterton), started...
February 23rd, 2014 | Film Reviews | Read More

Safety Not Guaranteed (2012)

Safety Not Guaranteed (2012)
Based on a personal ad that appeared in a magazine in 1997 (placed there by an employee to fill some space), Safety Not Guaranteed is a quirky comedy drama that’s about time travel, but often not in the traditional sense of the phrase. Aubrey Plaza plays Darius, a young magazine intern who is taken...
February 20th, 2014 | Film Reviews | Read More

Her (2013)

Her (2013)
Her is the movie that has been summed up, both correctly and incorrectly, as . . . . . . . . man falls in love with a Siri-alike. It’s from Spike Jonze, who both directed and wrote this one, and sits perfectly alongside most of his other movies, films that tend to mix the […]
February 18th, 2014 | Film Reviews | Read More

Nebraska (2013)

Nebraska (2013)
Nebraska is the latest film from director Alexander Payne, which means that you can already decide, pretty much, whether you’re going to like it or not. Because Payne has a certain type of movie that he likes to make. He makes intimate movies about the human condition, movies that weave some humour...
February 13th, 2014 | Film Reviews | Read More

Le Week-End (2013)

Le Week-End (2013)
Le Week-End follows a married couple who are rapidly approaching retirement age as they embark on a trip to Paris where they hope to rekindle the magic in their troubled marriage. Nick (Jim Broadbent) and Meg (Lindsay Duncan) are not your regular starry-eyed lovers however; beneath the surface of their...
February 11th, 2014 | DVD Reviews | Read More

The Monuments Men (2014)

The Monuments Men (2014)
Monuments Men is a well-meaning but lame vanity project from George Clooney, who wrote, directed, and stars in it. For this true but dumbed-down tale of mostly middle-aged American scholars and art authorities who were sent to save Europe's art from being plundered by the Nazis, Clooney gathered a cast...
February 10th, 2014 | Feature, Film Reviews | Read More

All Is Lost (2013)

All Is Lost (2013)
A film that has been compared a number of times to Gravity, there’s no denying that this is a similiar movie, but it also, in some ways, presents things in a way that almost positions it as the very opposite of that space-set thrill ride. There’s no backstory here, no characterisation developed...
February 7th, 2014 | Film Reviews | Read More