Billed as a romcom, Endless Love has lots of romance but very little comedy. On release on Valentine’s Day, I guess it hopes to attract the young romantically inclined who are out on a date. And it may well succeed. Certainly the two leads are beautiful to watch – both of them!
As much as I appreciate the democratisation of film-making, I can’t deny that a small part of my heart sinks when I hear that a something I’m about to watch has been crowdfunded. Call me a cynic, but sometimes the big boys know best and sadly, Not Another Happy Ending goes to prove just that.
Dir. Hong Sangsoo, South Korea, 2012, 87 mins, in Korean with subtitles Cast: Jung Eunchae, Lee Sunkyun, Jaok Kim Review by Colin Dibben Korean mumblecore, anyone? This quirky, bittersweet (anti-) romcom, told in a fascinating style that suggests the structure of dreams, is the new film from the director of The Day a Pig Fell […]
Dir. Nicole Holofcener, USA, 92mins, 2013 Cast: Julia Louis-Dreyfus, James Gandolfini, Catherine Keener, Toni Colette Review by Matthew Rodgers Even with the sombre, must-see melancholia hanging over the release of James Gandolfini’s final feature, Enough Said does enough to transcend that sad fact, and emerge as one of the most genuinely delightful cinematic experiences of […]
Dir. Lynn Shelton, US, 2011, 91 mins Cast: Emily Blunt, Mark Duplass, Rosemarie DeWitt Review by Maria Sell Mark Duplass' and Emily Blunt's stars are certainly on the rise with both having two projects simultaneously out on release. Aside from co-starring in Lynn Shelton’s Your Sister’s Sister, Duplass co-directed (with his brother Jay) Jeff, Who […]
Dirs. Jonathan Dayton & Valerie Faris, US, 2012, 104 mins Cast: Paul Dano, Zoe Kazan, Annette Bening, Antonio Banderas, Elliott Gould, Steve Coogan, Chris Messina Review by Jean Lynch Close your eyes and imagine. Imagine the kind of prodigious literary success on the scale of Catcher in the Rye, a cult bestseller that you’ve spent […]
Dir. Sheree Folkson UK, 2011, Dur. 89 mins Cast: David Tennant, Alice Eve, Kelly Macdonald Review by Carlie Newman While ostensibly a romcom - and it is romantic - there is not a lot of comedy in this film. In fact it is very disappointing, given that the pedigree of the leading actors. Tennant […]
Dir. David Wain, USA, 2012, 98 mins Cast: Jennifer Aniston, Paul Rudd, Alan Alda, Justin Theroux Review by Carlie Newman There are two reasons to welcome this film: first Jennifer Aniston stars in a good film for once and secondly this is a rom-com that is actually funny. When we first meet Linda (Aniston) and […]
Dir. Dominic Burns, UK, 2011, 109 mins Cast: Simon Phillips, Craig Conway, Gemma Atkinson, Stephanie Leonidas, Colin Salmon, Richard E. Grant, Martin Kemp Review by Andy Stanton You’ve seen the match.com advert, right? Well, suppose the ‘girl on the platform’ didn’t take too kindly to being serenaded by some drippy hippy with a guitar, that […]
Dir. Will Gluck , USA , 2011, 109 mins Cast: Mila Kunis, Justin Timberlake Review by Carol Allen The idea of two friends of the opposite sex trying to keep their relationship strictly physical with no emotional ties was done earlier this year by Natalie Portman and Ashton Kutcher in No Strings Attached . Even if you didn’t see that one, this is a […]