Apr 062016
 

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Back in 2012 the promising-looking Snow White and the Huntsman, a darker take on the classic fairy tale, failed to set the world on fire and has since been forgotten about by most who watched it. This completely unnecessary, and frankly surprising, new entry to the franchise, detailing events preceding and following those in the first film, seems set to experience a similar fate. This generally mediocre by-committee fantasy lacks scale and a clear vision, and again squanders an all-star cast, including new faces Emily Blunt and Jessica Chastain. Uneven performances, a confused narrative and an imbalance of tone – the narration alone deems it to silly for adults, and yet it possesses woefully miscued jokes that are too adult for youngsters – overshadow some elegant costumes, amusing supporting performances and mildly thrilling action sequences. Continue reading »

Oct 312014
 

interstellar

The latest film from Christopher Nolan (The Batman Trilogy, Inception) is sure to be, for many, the most anticipated film of the year. This is especially considering the marketing tease of epic intergalactic exploration, the fact that it is shot in a combination of anamorphic 35mm and IMAX 70mm (and will be projected in both formats), and brings in the man behind the McConaissance. This may be Nolan’s most ambitious film yet, as he attempts to balance an intimate existential story about the power of love and its ability to bind humans and families together across time and space, with credulous scientific hypothesizing about cosmic physics and a challenging mission to save the world. At the same time it is his most intellectually wobbly, narratively goofy and surprisingly forgettable.

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Oct 092012
 

Lawless

Tom Hardy, Shia LaBeouf and Jason Clarke star as indestructible brothers and bootleggers during prohibition, but they soon find out guns, gangsters and naked damsels in distress are the very least of their worries when a corrupt law official arrives into town and wants blood to be shed. But does all of this violence, chaos and illegal liquor translate into a worthwhile movie? Find out after the jump.

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Feb 262012
 

The Tree of Life Photoset 2

The first time I watched The Tree of Life I did not like it. I thought it was a very pretty 2 hour+ meditation video – not a film. People told me the second time was better and I really should re-watch. For some reason I resisted for quite some time…

This week I finally relented and watched it again. Read my thoughts on revisiting and reassessing the film after the jump. Warning: this blog post contains spoilers for The Tree of Life.

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