Interstellar [Second Perspective]

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Nov 042014

“Mankind was born on Earth. It was never meant to die here”. The Earth is no longer able to sustain life, it is slowly dying. People have sucked it dry and now many are starving. What if there was another place, somewhere where humans might have a second chance at survival? If only we could find it….Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar is reviewed after the jump.

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Oct 312014


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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Trailer: Interstellar

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Dec 152013

Teaser trailers have gotten a little bit of a bad reputation, and rightly so. They’re often very short clips that say nothing about the film and signal the start of a relentless marketing campaign which results in audiences having seen a sizable chunk of a film before it even gets to cinemas.

The teaser for Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar, well… it has something to say. The voiceover from lead Matthew McConaughey waxes lyrically about the pursuit into space and the unknown and how we have all but given up on that dream. However, he adds, “…perhaps we’ve just forgotten that we’re still pioneers. That we’ve barely begun. And that our greatest accomplishments cannot be behind us”. Wow, now that’s a message. I’m not saying that there won’t be an overblown marketing campaign for this film, but I can say that the teaser trailer has done it’s job. I am teased. Sign me up for Interstellar.

Trailer: The Wolf of Wall Street

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Jun 172013

The trailer for Martin Scorse’s The Wolf of Wall Street has dropped, and it’s a strange beast. Starring Leonardo Dicaprio, Matthew McConaughey, Jonah Hill, Kyle Chandler and more, the film is based on Jordan Belfort’s best-selling memoir, about his rise, and subsequent fall as a stockbroker on Wall Street. Dicaprio stars as Belfort, who refused to cooperate in a large securities fraud case involving corruption on Wall Street, the corporate banking world and mob infiltration.
The film has a November 15 release date in the US. There is no Australian release date at present.
Please share your thoughts! Is anyone else getting some [unfortunate] Gatsby vibes from this trailer, or is it just me..?

By Sam McCosh

Killer Joe

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Sep 092012

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Based on a stage play of the same name, Killer Joe is an odd beast of a film, and one that is almost impossible to pigeon-hole into a particular genre.  Part thriller, part drama, and even part dark comedy – this film about a Texan family who hire killer to take out someone so that they claim the life insurance, is marked by excellent performances and a chilling ending which had me covering my eyes.. Check out my review of the William Friedkin-directed Killer Joe after the jump.

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