Posts Tagged ‘SEAN PENN’

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (2013)

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (2013)
Ben Stiller’s Walter Mitty of 2013 has a passing resemblance to Danny Kaye’s of 1947, and none at all to James Thurber’s original creation (in which a hen-pecked husband, who inhabits a short story about five pages long, is sent out to buy overshoes and dog biscuits while his wife has...
December 23rd, 2013 | Feature, Film Reviews | Read More

Gangster Squad (2013)

Gangster Squad (2013)
Photoshopped Somebody up there at Warner Bros. must have realised that Gangster Squad, a cops-and-crooks story set in Los Angeles in the late Forties, is a terrible movie, despite its stellar cast. So they’ve released it in Hollywood’s dump-the-rubbish month of January, when people are more...
January 19th, 2013 | Film Reviews | Read More

Gangster Squad (2013)

Gangster Squad (2013)
When Ruben Fleischer’s Gangster Squad was first announced, with its stellar A-List cast, The Untouchables style plot and neo-noir aesthetic, one could be forgiven for expecting a gritty and brutal crime drama. The end result is anything but that however and instead opts for a campy and fun tone which...
January 11th, 2013 | Feature, Film Reviews | Read More

This Must Be the Place (2011)

This Must Be the Place (2011)
Avenging the father This Must Be the Place is the first film made outside Italy by the director Paolo Sorrentino, whose work is droll and stylized. His films tend to unroll in a series of vividly realized set pieces, and this one is brightly colored and otherwise visually stunning, though the content...
November 21st, 2012 | Film Reviews | Read More

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Win This Must Be the Place DVDs & Posters
Director Paolo Sorrentino’s much-anticipated English language debut is a comic, charmingly oddball road movie. Starring two time Academy Award winner Sean Penn as Cheyenne, a middle-aged wealthy former Goth rock star now bored and jaded in his retirement, living in Dublin off his royalties with...
August 20th, 2012 | Comps & Puzzles | Read More

This Must Be The Place (2011)

This Must Be The Place (2011)
This film will divide opinions. If you’re impatient or impervious to the charms of Sean Penn, you’ll be unamused. On the other hand the cast also boasts Frances McDormand, Harry Dean Stanton, Judd Hirsch and a trifecta of performances (live music, a soundtrack and acting) from David Byrne....
April 2nd, 2012 | Feature, Film Reviews | Read More

This Must Be The Place (2011)

This Must Be The Place (2011)
Robert Smith, Nazi Hunter was, I hope, the working title for Paolo Sorrentino’s sensational English language debut, an eccentric little dramedy which finds Sean Penn channeling The Cure’s frizzy-haired frontman for a cross-country odyssey to avenge his dead father. It sounds odd, I know,...
October 26th, 2011 | Film Reviews | Read More

The Tree of Life (2011)

The Tree of Life (2011)
A new film by Terrence Malick is an event in itself, and once again the uncompromising visionary has created a cinematic experience unlike most you are ever likely to see. However, while there is much to admire about his latest experiment, there are also undeniable flaws not normally seen in his work....
August 30th, 2011 | Film Reviews | Read More

The Tree of Life (2011)

The Tree of Life (2011)
Having made five films now in his forty years as a filmmaker, we can’t get enough of Terrence Malick who, with the evidence of his first three films (Badlands, Days of Heaven, The Thin Red Line), is best described as a perfectionist. Whilst the unconventional narratives of his work can be a challenge...
July 9th, 2011 | Feature, Film Reviews | Read More

The Tree of Life (2011)

The Tree of Life (2011)
An extraordinary “Space Odyssey” of family dysfunction   The way Terrence Mallick’s ambitious, long-planned, long-awaited The Tree of Life sweeps from cosmography to tough father-son relations, it seems like the 2001: A Space Odyssey of family dysfunction. This is what, for me, lingers...
July 4th, 2011 | Feature, Film Reviews | Read More