Dir. Daniel Stamm, USA, 2014, 88 mins Cast: Mark Webber, Devon Graye, Tom Bower, Rutina Wesley, Ron Perlman Review by Chris Lockie If you want to instantly engage horror movie fans, you can do a lot worse than begin with an eminent professor delivering a keynote speech in the form of a succession of dirty […]
Of all the songs performed in this sprawling mix of musical, documentary, social satire and freewheeling comedy, the opening one performed by Haven Hamilton (Henry Gibson) gives the best clue to where the film stands in the Altman catalogue. “We must be doing something right/To last 200 years" croons the rhinestone-jacketed Hamilton
Consumed as the 1867 novel, Therese Raquin by Emile Zola, and then on the Parisian boardwalks in 1873, this story of all consumptive passion would have been an intimately gripping tale of unravelling deceit, complemented by the readers imagination or the confines of the stage.
Drama is not perceived by the film establishment these days as a valid genre. To get made and marketed a film is supposed to be a thriller, romance, action, comedy etc. or sometimes a combination of two or more of the above. Writer and director Reitman though makes films that are primarily human dramas
Aches and pains in parts of the body you have no idea existed. Increasingly regular night-time trips to the bathroom. The dismal realisation that you've come to tolerate people like Nigel Farage without ever meaning to. Alongside uncontrollable rage at things that plainly don't matter, like litter, these are the signs you have become the old bastard you always swore you'd never turn into.
Before you even reach the features menu on the Ender’s Game Blu-ray, you are sharply reminded of the commercial failure of its theatrical run by the inclusion of a trailer for Divergent, the latest attempt to launch a Hunger Games/Twilight sized franchise adapted from popular young adult literature. This home entertainment platform gives a second chance to Tsotsi (2005) director, Gavin Hood’s take on Orson Scott Card’s successful series of science-fiction novels
Even the most ardent detractor of the pressed collar world in which Wes Anderson operates will struggle to supress the infectious brilliance of his latest slice of obscure life. Constructed with all of his signifiers and tropes in place, as well as a roll-call of familiar faces from his universe, it’s his best since The Royal Tenenbaums and easily the most accessible Anderson adventure thus far.
300 At Sea: there’s the high-concept premise for you. But actually this film is way better than that sounds. It’s over the top and undoubtedly trashy, but this ‘inter-quel’ to 300 (the story here is contiguous with events in the earlier film) is spectacular and bewildering and hetero-sexy and fun – it may even demonstrate that the Frank Miller approach vouchsafes the future of historical epic cinema.
There are many good things about this gloriously cynical black comedy, which is based on the memoirs of crooked Wall Street broker Jordan Belfort. During the 1980s and 90s Jordan lived the high life, indulging his taste for sports cars, drugs and hookers, all funded by the glitzy company he created to sell fraudulently inflated stocks.
Dir. Ken Scott, 105mins, USA, 2014 Cast: Vince Vaughn, Chris Pratt, Cobie Smulders, Brit Robertson Review by Matthew Rodgers Vince Vaughn has had a pretty rough ride since he established himself as “money” in Doug Liman’s classic, Swingers, way back in 1996. It’d be quicker to head to his imdb page and read the list […]