Tag: drama

Film Review

Hungry Hearts (2014)

It’s an inauspicious start for Jude and Mina. Trying to use a toilet in a Chinese restaurant, she finds herself locked in with her future husband and his explosive bowels. Saverio Costanzo opens Hungry Hearts with a slice of broad comedy but don’t go getting the wrong idea. The road […]

Film Review

Jackie & Ryan (2014)

The Manic Pixie Dream Girl (and the use of the term) has plagued romantic films for the past decade. There are none in sight in Jackie & Ryan, but writer/director Ami Canaan Mann has gone one better by creating the Laidback Folk Dream Guy instead. So utterly perfect is Ben […]

Feature, Film Review

Manglehorn (2014)

In the stories we tell, love is so often the key to happiness. In Al Pacino’s embittered locksmith though, it turns out to be the lock that’s imprisoned him behind a wall of rage and self-pity for the better part of his adult life. David Gordon Green’s Manglehorn is light […]

Film Review

Heaven Knows What (2014)

The history behind the Safdie brothers’ latest feature is one rich with promise. It’s a shame Heaven Knows What can’t live up to its own backstory. After meeting Arielle Holmes, a young woman living homeless in New York City, the brothers persuaded her to a write a book based on […]

Feature, Film Review

The Humbling (2014)

Nailing a Philip Roth adaptation is like going after the great white whale. No one’s sure success is possible and pursuing it usually comes at a cost. In The Humbling, it’s Barry Levinson and Al Pacino who don their captain’s gear to go all Ahab on one of the author’s […]

Feature, Film Review

Birdman (2014)

He used to be Birdman. It’s the refrain that’s dogged Michael Keaton’s Riggan Thomson for years. Once famous for playing the winged superhero in a trio of films that finished two decades ago, he’s now only famous for… well playing Birdman two decades ago. But all that’s about to change […]

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Night Moves (2013)

Consequences In Night Moves, the story of three ecoterrorists who blow up a dam and don’t know what’s coming after, Kelly Reichardt brilliantly extends her reputation for making limited material resonant. Providing little information about the details of the deed and minimal dialogue, she nonetheless manages to craft one of the […]

Film Review

Boyhood (2014)

Boyhood proves one of director Richard Linklater’s most ambitious projects yet. Not only must it had taken a lot of discipline to film a story in fragments over a twelve year period, but the real test is to keep an audience engrossed for the best part of three hours, in […]

DVD Review

We Are the Best! (2013)

After a sparkling start to his directing career with the likes of Show Me Love (1998) and Together (2000), Lukas Moodysson descended into a dark place with a series of deliberately off-putting films of varying quality. With We Are the Best!, an adaptation of his wife’s Coco Moodysson’s graphic novel […]

Feature, Film Review

Joe (2013)

This stunning epic is a tale that you won’t want to miss. It is dark, brooding, intense and downright depressing, but all that just adds to how fantastic this film really is. I’m being serious when I say that this is a career revival for Nicolas Cage as Joe. The […]