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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Reaching for the Moon

Posted in Review by - Jul 20, 2014
Reaching for the Moon

“The art of losing is hard to master”

Miranda Otto after years performing in supporting roles has been gifted a great part as Elizabeth Bishop in Bruno Carreto’s Reaching for the Moon.  Those looking to witness a talented actor create a complex, three dimensional character will be rewarded with Reaching for the Moon.

Bishop’s life was extraordinary, her father died when she was eight months old and her mother was committed to an asylum when she was five, and throughout her tumultuous childhood Bishop had a number of disparete care givers.  “I was orphaned young and always feel homeless”

It is not surprising …

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Charlie’s Company

Posted in Review by - Jul 17, 2014
Charlie’s Company

David Gulpilil is an inherently interesting man.  Conflicted between the world of the white man and his culture.  At the Cannes Film Festival this year, most actors would be walking the red carpet, posing for the cameras and participating in the interview and promotion circuit.  However Gulpilil chose instead to involve himself in the issues of his local community.  Subsequently and deservingly he was awarded a best actor prize at the prestigious festival for his work in Charlie’s Company.  A seven minute standing ovation greeted this excellent film.

The film is the fourth collaboration between Rolf De Heer and the actor, …

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The Lunchbox

Posted in Review by - Jul 11, 2014
The Lunchbox

“The wrong train can take you to the right station”

An understated romantic drama that owes much to 84 Charing Cross Road and Brief Encounter. The film works largely because of a strong script and a sensational lead performance from Irrfan Khan. Not particularly ground breaking in execution, it is nonetheless a warm-hearted sentimental love story.

Saajan Fernandes (Irrfan Khan) has spent the last 35 years in a claims office in downtown Mumbai, his life consists of travelling by bus and train to and from work, sitting methodically, silently, every day.   His job consists of processing accounts for the city, and at …

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Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

Posted in Review by - Jul 10, 2014
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

Caesar the king ape in Matt Reeves follow up to 2011’s Rise of the Planet of the Apes offers up a brevity of words like “home” and “family”, to emphasise his moral compass and to let us know how far the primates have developed from the original film.   The image of thousands charging on horseback, guns in hand through the streets of San Francisco is a remarkable sight and signals a franchise with endless possibilities.

The follow-up to Rupert Wyatt’s impressive Rise of the Planet of the Apes, intentionally positions the human characters in the margins. Ten years after the events …

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