Posts Tagged ‘drama’

Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter (2014)

Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter (2014)
For their latest cinematic effort, sibling filmmakers David and Nathan Zellner have stripped back a story passed down through Internet message boards, telling of the curious journey of one Japanese woman who travels to the other side of the world to find treasure. Together as screenwriters, they filled...
May 15th, 2014 | Feature, Film Reviews | Read More

47 Ronin (2013)

47 Ronin (2013)
A new adaptation of an old tale, 47 Ronin is a flawed film, yet not without some enjoyable moments. Carl Rinsch makes his feature directorial debut, after a number of shorts that seem to have shown some great potential (according to the feedback I could find on them), and he doesn’t do a bad job....
May 12th, 2014 | Film Reviews | Read More

Frank (2014)

Frank (2014)
The first thing you notice about Frank is his face. Or to be more precise, the first thing you notice is that you cannot see his face. At all times, and this includes in the shower, he wears a giant fake head. If you think you might have seen this before, that is because you […]
May 8th, 2014 | Feature, Film Reviews | Read More

Dead By Dawn 2014: The Essential Overview

Dead By Dawn 2014: The Essential Overview
The reviews are all written, I have almost recovered some hours of lost sleep, and that’s about it for Dead By Dawn 2014, but the reviews are just a small sample of what I experience every year at this festival. Things started off with a White Russian or two when I met up with good […]
May 8th, 2014 | Feature, Festivals | Read More

Hobson’s Choice (1954)

Hobson’s Choice (1954)
Like another King Lear, old man Hobson, a widower, has three grown daughters to contend with. Unmarried (and unpaid), they work in his boot shop and do everything for him, freeing him up to go drinking with his buddies at the Moonraker pub on a daily basis. You’d think that Hobson was happy about this...
May 5th, 2014 | DVD Reviews | Read More

Lesson Of The Evil (2012)

Lesson Of The Evil (2012)
Ahhh, Takashi Miike. He’s quite mad, as I’m sure many people already know. Thankfully, he’s also quite brilliant. Having dabbled in many different genres throughout his career, Lesson Of The Evil is a return to the kind of carnage that has won him an army of fans over the past couple...
April 29th, 2014 | Feature, Film Reviews | Read More

Greatful Dead (2013)

Greatful Dead (2013)
Nami (Kumi Takiuchi) is a lonely girl. She’s been lonely most of her life, and now spends her time watching other solitary people and keeping a diary of their movements. The latest subject that catches her eye is elderly Mr. Shiomi (Takashi Sasano), but Nami’s viewing experience is tainted...
April 29th, 2014 | Film Reviews | Read More

Chocolate Strawberry Vanilla (2013)

Chocolate Strawberry Vanilla (2013)
While it’s the kind of thing that we’ve seen a hundred times before, Chocolate Strawberry Vanilla is an impressive film, thanks in no small part to a fantastic central performance from Glenn Maynard, onscreen for almost every scene as hapless ice cream vendor, Warren Thompson. Warren spends...
April 29th, 2014 | Feature, Film Reviews | Read More

Transcendence (2014)

Transcendence (2014)
Hack that program, fast! The sci-fi Luddite movie Transcendence is a disappointment on many levels, its dialogue trite, its action sluggish, its imagination falling short of its ambition. It’s all pretty forgettable, and in a way maybe that’s just as well. Who wants to remember Johnny Depp...
April 24th, 2014 | Feature, Film Reviews | Read More

The Double (2013)

The Double (2013)
The second feature directed by Richard Ayoade, The Double is quite a different beast from his debut, Submarine. Based on a novella by Fyodor Dostoevsky (and I’m not going to pretend that I’ve read it), this is a dark thriller set in a grim world full of suicides, jobsworths and a general...
April 24th, 2014 | Film Reviews | Read More