Apr 282016
 

MIDNIGHT SPECIAL

With his fourth feature film, writer/director Jeff Nichols is again tackling big themes on a small-scale. Though Midnight Special is a science fiction film, its main theme is that of family, whether biological or constructed, and the lengths people will go to in order to protect the people they love. Midnight Special is reviewed after the jump.

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Aug 242015
 

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Life, a respectably modest and balanced dual biopic is based on the friendship between Time Magazine photographer Dennis Stock and 50’s Hollywood celebrity James Dean. Under the sure hand of the marvellous director Anton Corbijn (Control, The American, A Most Wanted Man), this is a touching snapshot of time, and remains a very focused study of the psyche of these two very different young men – a reluctant, but effortlessly charismatic star, and an ambitious but battling artist – who learn from one another and grow as a result of their unlikely friendship. Corbijn never goes out of his way to draw much attention to the big dramatic developments, or where each recognisable snap of Dean took place, he simply observes these men as they bond, tell stories and try to grow as both artists and men.

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