Tag: John C. Reilly

The Lobster (2015)
Feature, Film Review

The Lobster (2015)

If you could turn into any animal, what would you choose? An academic question where we come from, in Greek director Yorgos Lanthimos’ universe it’s a practical matter requiring careful consideration. In his surreal dystopian romantic satire, also his English language debut, it’s the final punishment facing anyone who fails […]

Film Review

Life After Beth (2014)

Life After Beth is a film that very much feels as if it wants to have its cake and eat it. Or, perhaps, replace cake with brains. It will end up tagged as yet another zom-rom-com when it doesn’t really deserve to be lumped in with others of that ilk. […]

Film Review

Wreck-It Ralph (2012)

Ralph (voiced by John C. Reilly) is a videogame villain who dreams of doing something more with his life. He doesn’t really like being the bad guy and feels that his work is never appreciated. He certainly never gets a medal. So one day he decides to head away from […]

Feature, Film Review

Wreck-It Ralph (2012)

In this day and age, who doesn’t like a wannabe hero? A guy who wants to save the day, get the girl, as well as adoring and grateful folks fawning at his feet instead of falling down a cliff and smattering into a million pieces. This is the conundrum posed […]

Film Review

The Dictator (2012)

The Dictator was a movie that I had little interest in when it was released and knew little about. Star Sacha Baron Cohen had been out and about, pulling a number of stunts while in character, and I admit that I thought he was pushing his luck if he wanted […]

DVD Review

Carnage (2011)

Irony lies at the heart of Roman Polanski’s latest film and thankfully it is all intentional. Firstly, there is the fact that the director himself made a film set in Brooklyn and about American characters but shot it in France due to his fugitive status from America. Secondly the polite […]

Feature, Film Review

Carnage (2011)

It’s 35 years since The Tenant, the conclusion of Polanski’s feted “apartment trilogy”: a masterpiece-standard trio of unsettling movies set largely in claustrophobic big-city apartments, centred around the inner turmoil of a tormented lead character. Carnage has four leads, rather than one; and the inner turmoil has given way to […]

Film Review

We Need To Talk About Kevin (2011)

Based on the novel by Lionel Shriver, Lynne Ramsay’s third feature film is absolutely mesmerising. Presented to us in fragmented non-linear segments we learn of the story of Eva and her extremely troubled son Kevin. Immediately we learn that something terrible has occurred resulting in Eva being an outcast in […]

Film Review

We Need to Talk About Kevin (2011)

It has been nine years since Morvern Callar, the second feature from photographer-turned-filmmaker Lynne Ramsay who, despite the short career, is considered one of Britain’s most visionary directors. Following her failed attempt at adapting The Lovely Bones (which was then made in sugarcoated fashion by Peter Jackson), we finally see […]