Oct 202015
 

burnt

Celebrity chefs are the new rock stars. People queue to see them, they sell out venues, command very high “performance fees” and have the attitude to pull it all off. In Burnt, our celebrity chef Adam Jones (Bradley Cooper) has fallen from grace and is plotting his comeback. What he craves is power, infamy, and perfection. Burnt is reviewed after the jump.

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Feb 132015
 


 

Writer-director Cameron Crowe (We Bought A Zoo, Almost Famous, Jerry Maguire) is back with his first new movie in 4 years. This one looks to be a take on the classic love triangle – a man, his ex (was she the one?) and a new women. With Crowe writing and a cast that includes Emma Stone, Bradley Cooper, Rachel McAdams, Bill Murray, Alec Baldwin and John Krasinski, it’s sure to be worth a watch. I think it looks great – there are too few “nice” films out these days. Sometimes it’s nice to switch off and watch some quality fluff.

Official synopsis

In Aloha, a celebrated military contractor (Bradley Cooper) returns to the site of his greatest career triumphs – the US Space program in Honolulu, Hawaii – and reconnects with a long-ago love (Rachel McAdams) while unexpectedly falling for the hard-charging Air Force watchdog (Emma Stone) assigned to him. From Academy Award®-winner Cameron Crowe, the writer-director behind such films as Jerry Maguire and Almost Famous, Aloha also stars Bill Murray, John Krasinski, Danny McBride, and Alec Baldwin.

 
IMDB has June 15 2015 listed as the Australian release date for the film.

Jan 212015
 

sniper

Clint Eastwood’s filmography is a mixed bag of genres and intention, one that I haven’t spent much time with over the last ten years. I can’t help but feel that he is a real world representation of The Dark Knight adage of ‘Live long enough to see yourself become the villain’, but I was very much willing to give him and his recent output the benefit of the doubt. American Sniper held my attention and at no time was I bored. The action is directed in a classical manner that is works very well. Everyone gives interesting, controlled and charismatic performances. However, I could not accept the way it embraced a lie. American Sniper doesn’t give a damn about anything except for The Legend, a myth that it refuses to question or to ever let slip into a grey area. Every question raised is rhetorical, with no answer required or wanted. Eastwood has a smooth operator’s way with social issues, one that makes the audience feel like a protest has been raised without ever questioning the linkages and incidents that pulled us into the situation.

[Spoilers for American Sniper are included in the discussion ahead – Ed]

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Jul 252014
 

Guardians of the Galaxy

I have no intention of spoiling any details, jokes or events of this film so the following review will stick to allusions and a generalised examination.

My grandfather had the greatest impact on my love for sci-fi. He had a towering floor to ceiling bookshelf, divided into three sections: mysteries, war, and sci-fi. The former two did little for me, but I’ll never forget those sci-fi covers, Panther editions especially. It took many years for my reading level to catch up enough to finally begin reading them, but those covers, from E.E ‘Doc’ Smith through Robert Heinlein and unto Asimov’s Robots, are ingrained in my psyche; giant robots, strange alien trees, spacecraft in shapes that spoke to some strange lizard brain mythology. Today I saw a film that understood the allure of those images, and captured the complex strange world from which they sprang.

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Dec 132013
 

“You set a crook to catch a crook. We put the big honey pot out there and all the flies came to us”. This was said by Mel Weinberg in 1981. Christian Bale plays Irving Rosenfeld whom is entirely based on Mel, and the above statement is expanded and elaborated on as the plot of American Hustle. However, it’s the moment you see Irving taking more than five minutes to put a wig on that we realise very few crooks will be harmed in the telling of this story. My review after the jump.

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