Having now seen Gravity in both 2D and 3D I feel confident in saying that, despite what some critics are saying, it's not the saviour 3D was waiting for. The effect is impressive for the first 10 minutes or do, but beyond that I stopped noticing it and kept wishing I could go back to watching it with less blurring and better brightness and colour.
The film itself is phenomenal either way. The first viewing absolutely blew me away, and…
The Selfish Giant feels out of place in 2013. Indeed, it feels out of place in the cinema, and is much more reminiscent of the stuff the likes of Alan Bleasdale or Ken Loach were putting out on television in the last 70s and early 80s. That's not to say it isn't cinematic, nothing could be further from the truth, it's a beautifully shot film, but it's got all the passion and, crucially, the anger of the best TV serials.…
Reasonably entertaining whenever Kurt Russell is on screen, but the excessive foot fetish bullshit and lack of interesting characters mean only the pretty average action sequences provide any real enjoyment. The deliberately sloppy editing and film damage gimmick quickly wears thin too.
If you were asked to describe a smug, self-satisfied "hipster" film, you'd probably come up with something like this. This just makes it all the more surprisingly that Frances Ha is a genuinely funny, relatable picture.
Having such an instantly likeable protagonist certainly helps. Gerwig is fantastic, and even pulls off some excellent physical comedy in a film which mostly runs on clever, snappy dialogue. This is constantly amusing but never delivers any belly laughs, so dropping a pratfall or…