Tag: drama

Film Review

The Theory of Everything (2014)

The Theory of Everything is certainly not an art film. If one blinks through one’s tears and awe, it’s probably not even one of the best movies of the year. But it is surely destined to be one of the best remembered, and most loved. It’s popular, but with class. It […]

DVD Review, Feature

God’s Pocket (2014)

The compulsion to experience life the other side of the camera is clearly a strong one for actors. John Slattery of Mad Men fame (where he also tested his skills directing a few episodes) is the latest in a long line to try with his debut feature, God’s Pocket. Steeped […]

Feature, Film Review

The Drop (2014)

There is no shortage of gangsters in film, but it is hard to find one that stands out from the rest of the crowd.  However, when people think of gangsters on television, Tony Soprano is one of the most memorable gangsters in recent years.  With his final film performance, James […]

Film Review

Gone Girl (2014)

Gone Girl isn’t the movie you’ll be told it is. It’s better. It isn’t a thriller “torn from today’s headlines” or from obsessive media coverage of this or that true crime scandal, though at first it pretends to be. It’s more original. It isn’t a masterful maze of twists and […]

Feature, Film Review

Phoenix (2014)

Reorienting the themes of Hitchcock’s binary women-in-peril pictures, Vertigo (1958) and Marnie (1964), Christian Petzold’s Phoenix is a fraught, horror-tinged marital drama which builds Sirkian malaise into the construct of a perverted Pygmalion thriller. Nelly (Nina Hoss) is a death camp survivor searching for her husband in postwar Berlin, unaware […]

Feature, Film Review

The Way He Looks (2014)

The Way He Looks is a low-key but charming and ultimately uplifting Brazilian film about a love triangle between three teenagers. It is the first feature-length film by the young Brazilian filmmaker Daniel Ribeiro and is based on his 2010 short film Eu Não Quero Voltar Sozinho with exactly the same […]

P’tit Quinquin (2014)
Film Review

P’tit Quinquin (2014)

Following Camille Claudel 1915, his gruelling, etiolated study of the sculptor’s institutionalisation at Montdevergues asylum, French (provoc)auteur Bruno Dumont has now delivered the funniest film of the year in P’tit Quinquin, a knockabout treatise on bucolic idiocy and modern decay from the points-of-view of a bumbling, Clouseau-esque detective, and a […]

Film Review

Zero Motivation (2014)

Films about mopey, misanthropic teenagers attempting to flee the quotidian plod of their domestic lives are dime a dozen in contemporary cinema, but it’s out of the frying pan and into the fire for Daffi (Nelly Tagar) and Zohar (Dana Ivgy), the teenage slackers of Talya Lavie’s Zero Motivation. A […]

Feature, Film Review

10,000km (2014)

Portraying long-distance relationships on-screen can be a tricky business but when they are told well, they can pack an emotional punch.  With that being said, the first full-length feature from Catalan director Carlos Marques-Marcet delves into the complicated side of long-distance relationships, showing that love doesn’t necessarily conquer all. 10,000km […]

Feature, Film Review

’71 (2014)

If you ask what ‘The Troubles’ refers to, it is likely that not many people would have heard of it or know what it relates to.  But the cinematic debut from Top Boy director Yann Demange highlights this historical conflict in Northern Ireland, which lasted nearly 30 years. ’71 sees […]