Tag Archives: Film review

May 28

The Nice Guys – touching on tough subjects without comment. (Film Review)

The Nice Guys The complex notion of the teen age girl as seen through the eyes of men remains predictably unresolved in Shane Blacks The Nice Guys. The opening scenes reveal a teenage boy coming to terms with females and as expected its through a sexual context. The Nice Guys is set in nineteen seventy-seven, […]

March 26

Pi – Darren Aronofsky begins his journey through genius. (Film review)

Pi or π, Darren Aronofsky’s first feature film that was good enough to launch him as a bit of an indie darling back in his early days, is one of those films one loves or one hates, primarily because they are made to show off intelligence that may or may not be present, but wants to […]

January 08

Autumn Spring – Vladimír Michálek and the influence of death. (Film Review)

Like many Czech films, Autumn Spring cannot be defined by its surface matter, and considering Vladimír Michálek’s first feature film was an adaptation of Franz Kafkas novel ‘Amerika’, it is safe to assume the absurdism is emblematic of something other than what it appears to be. Autumn Spring uses some tropes / actors of the Czech New […]

November 01

The Butler – Lee Daniels and strength of character. (Film Review)

A fine scene in The Butler, defined by power and message (in a film that tries to deliver both in every frame) occurs when Cecil Gains (Forrest Whitaker) and his wife Gloria (Oprah Winfrey) attend a gala dinner at The White House as guests, invited by Nancy Regan (a weird-looking Jane Fonda).  Cecil has been […]

October 07

Prisoners – Denis Villeneuve misses his “one shot”. (Film Review)

If the title alone doesn’t inform you Prisoners is a film about war, the opening shots leave the viewer in no doubt. A beautiful image of a deer walking a snowy path is soon framed by a forest of irenic trees as the camera pans slowly back, Hugh Jackman’s voiceover recites the Lords Prayer eventuating […]

September 30

The East – Brit Marling and Zal Batmanglij go Freegan. (Film Review)

Zal Batmanglij comes from a family of overachievers. His Mother, Najmieh Batmanglij is the award-winning cook book author and his brother is one of the members and primary song writers for the band Vampire Weekend, so it isn’t such a stretch to see how Brit Marling could have been impressed with his short film and […]

September 21

Birth – Jonathan Glazer and the concept of eternal love. (Film Review)

Jonathan Glazer is best known for his music film clips, including work with artists like Nick Cave, Radiohead, Massive Attack and The Dead Weather to name a few. His third film, Under the Skin has been making the festival rounds this year and its one on my “must see” list for when I get the […]

August 24

Red 2 – Dean Parisot and the boomers who kick ass. (film review)

Warren Ellis wrote RED (Retired-Extremly-Dangerous) in 2003 and 2004 and except for the coming-out-of-retirement plot line, pretty much the rest of the film(s) based on the comic strip have steered away from the original. Ellis was quoted as saying the comic and film had to be different because the film needed far more content than […]

July 16

Behind the Candelabra – Steven Soderbergh and the ‘appropriate gay’. (film review)

The fear behind colonization and appropriation is the most destructive force on the planet today – and probably has always been.  The desire to claim something for oneself, and negate any other interpretation is a force so pervasive we usually do not know that we have adopted it as our own. I’m going to assume […]

July 09

Pacific Rim – Guillermo del Toro and tweenage passion. (Film Review)

There is a wonderful scene in Team America where almost all of Paris (including the Louvre and all it contains) is blown to smithereens in the name of catching a bad guy. At the end of the scene the French, who are staring mouths agape at the ruins around them, are told not to worry, […]