Siddarth

Posted in Review by - Oct 25, 2014
Siddarth

Set in Modern day India population over a billion people, the film opens as a worried father wishes his 13 year old son goodbye as the son travels by bus to work in another city.  We learn later the place of work is a trolley factory and the period of time the son will work there is a month.  Mahendra Saini (Rajesh Tailang) spends the rest of the film searching for his lost son.   He went for food and never came back.  The authorities range from apathetic, “first you make the mistake then you cry”, but the boys mother …

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The Judge

Posted in Review by - Oct 09, 2014

“Yeah is not an affirmation a person uses in court, you and you alone are responsible for your actions.”  Duvall playing the title character relishes getting to nail some of the dialogue that screenwriters Nick Schenk (Gran Torino), and Bill Dubuque throw his way.

The Judge is less a courtroom thriller than a family drama set in small town America.  The narrative is not particularly original, big city successful lawyer, with a failing marriage and an annoying manner, “this isn’t an act your’e really not a pleasant person” returns to the Indianna town of his youth to bury his mother and …

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Gone Girl

Posted in Review by - Oct 09, 2014
Gone Girl

“Its hard to believe you. It’s your chin its villainess.”  These lines come early in David Finchers adaptation of Gillian Flynn’s bestselling novel.  Flynn is responsible for the screenplay and by all accounts it stays true and faithful to the source material.  These lines set up the stage for a damning indictment on marriage and the media wrapped up in the guise of a thriller.

The marriage between Nick and Amy Dunne initially appears almost perfect, “I’m so crazy stupid in love,” “We’re so cute I want to punch us in the face,” Amy confesses as Nick proclaims “I’m the guy …

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The Equaliser

Posted in Review by - Oct 09, 2014
The Equaliser

Before the shooting starts there are some brief references to Mark Twain and Ernest Hemingway.  Robert aka Denzel in a brief conversation with the teenage prostitute played by Chloe Grace Moretz comments that the great thing about the Hemingway novella The Old Man and the Sea was that the old man met his greatest adversary in the fish.  There are plenty of Russian mobsters sleeping with the fishes by the end of The Equaliser.  This 2014 revenge thriller is immersed in the cliches and tropes of the genre, not even the superior production values can hide a b movie wrapped …

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The Inbetweeners 2

Posted in Review by - Aug 30, 2014
The Inbetweeners 2

The boys go down under and shenanigans ensue.  That is the pitch for this largely awful sequel to the 2011 hit.  The highlight of this comedy, that relies on toilet humour for most of its 96 minute running time, is the climatic scene in the Splash Planet water park where Simon is hit with a log of shit in the face.  This is the result of Neil having IBS and wearing white swimming trunks.

The barebones story involves Jay (James Buckley) living in Sydney with his uncle Bryan (David Field in full flight), he sends an email painting a picture of …

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Begin Again

Posted in Review by - Aug 30, 2014
Begin Again

John Carney scored with his Dublin set musical drama Once several years back.  It was made on the smell of an oily rag however caught fire with audiences looking for authenticity in their modern day musical.  The film won an academy award for best song and signalled a filmmaker who had a rare gift to lift the tired musical genre into the modern day.  His seventh feature is a more mature work, blessed with two outstanding leading actors and original songs by New Radicals lead singer Gregg Alexander that ignite the narrative.

Mark Ruffalo in worn down mode plays Dan a …

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Felony

Posted in Review by - Aug 30, 2014
Felony
  • Release Date: 8/28/2014

Actor, Screenwriter, Producer Joel Edgerton teams with Director Matthew Saville with Felony a well acted tightly plotted exercise in physchological suspense.

Edgerton plays Malcolm Toohey a good cop, who in the first scene escapes death only to celebrate at the local pub with a litany of beers and chaser shots.  After avoiding the booze bus with the key word “pirate”, he knocks a young Indian boy off his bike.  What would you do?  Is the question the audience has to ask themselves.  In Malcolm’s case he begins a complex, emotionally devastating series of cover-ups.  Facilitated by another senior detective, who is …

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Lucy

Posted in Review by - Aug 06, 2014
Lucy

Luc Besson’s assembly line of action blockbusters has a mixed history.  For every Taken and Transporter their is last years forgettable The Family starring De Niro and Pfeifer.

His latest opus headlining  Scarlet Johansson follows a 23 year old student named Lucy who becomes unwittingly involved with a gang of ruthless gangsters.  The plot involves Lucy being forced to become a drug mule, having a bag of blue crystal like element surgically inplanted in her body.  The blue like ‘Breaking Bad’ inspired substance is released into her body causing the young girl to progressively exercise up to 100% of her brain …

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Snowpiercer

Posted in Review by - Jul 28, 2014
Snowpiercer

The South Korean director of The Host, Memories of Murder and Mother, goes Hollywood (sort of) with Snowpiercer a post apocalyptic action film.  Though the film has an international cast headed by Captain America’s Chris Evans it is Korean produced.

The film opens 17 years after the earth has been frozen and one train houses the only survivors.  The train circles the world continuously, the passengers are devided by class and a darwinian approach to survival.  Chris Evans is the anti hero who leads a revolt against the oppressive regime who rule the classes aboard the train.  He must makes his …

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Words and Pictures

Posted in Review by - Jul 20, 2014
Words and Pictures

Juliette Binoche and Clive Owen have been making films for over twenty years, some have been classics others forgettable.  Binoche rose to prominence with Philip Kaufman’s The Unbearable Lightness of Being (1988), Owen first emerged as an actor to watch in the minor gem Croupier (1998) directed by Mike Hodges.  In a short scene towards the end of their latest film Words and Pictures, they each get to share a hearty laugh.  It is a moment of simplicity and subtle acting brilliance.  Chemistry like this does not come often.

The film is directed by Fred Schepisi who like his stars has …

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