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 […]
Each and every Christmas there are more and more movies released, many of them touching on a topic that has been used repeatedly in the past.
You’ve got to hand it to Joss Whedon; when most people return from holiday all they have to show for it is a few snap shots and an oversized head adornment
This is the story of seventies porn star Linda Lovelace, who became an international sensation in the seventies in Deep Throat, the first scripted pornographic movie, in which she displayed an impressive skill at fellatio.
This is one of the best films of the year so far. Completely contemporary but based on a Henry James novel, it’s set in artsy-moneyed New York
Dir. Derek Cianfrance, USA, 2012, 141 mins Cast: Ryan Gosling, Bradley Cooper, Eva Mendes, Mahershala Ali, Ben Mendelsohn, Ray Liotta, Rose Byrne, Dane DeHaan, Emory Cohen. Review by Martyn Bamber Derek Cianfrance and Ryan Gosling, the director and star of Blue Valentine, reteam for an intimate character drama spanning two generations. Gosling plays Luke, a […]
Dir. Don Scardino, USA, 2013, 100 mins Cast: Steve Carell, Steve Buscemi, Jim Carrey, Olivia Wilde Review by Carol Allen The story here is not perhaps the most original. The star who gets too big for his boots, falls from grace and has to fight his way back. The elements that make it a bit different […]