Perhaps the most visually stunning film I've seen the entire Melbourne International Film Festival. The opening twenty minutes are a feast and I was hooked from the beginning.
For a play that has been interpreted so many different ways, it must be daunting to look at it with fresh eyes. Somehow Justin Kurzel does so and you can't help but feel that casting Fassbender and Cotillard were two of the best decisions made. The two give powerhouse performances and I…
What do on a morning when you are at a loose end, where time needs to be killed? Visiting the local cinema is probably the best choice and stuck between a choice of Damon in Space or Fassbender on the Moors, there was only ever going to be one clear winner. Telegraph reviewer Robbie Collin's poster grab 'Fassbender was born for this' is probably the perfect and most on-the-nose invitation you will find to persuade you to see this.
In my opinion, Macbeth contains what is undoubtedly some of the greatest camerawork in the history of cinema; Adam Arkapaw is the true star of this film (not that Fassbender and Cotillard don't knock it out of the park) and with this, TD s01, Top of the Lake, Lore, Snowtown, Animal Kingdom and Apricot, he has solidified himself as one of the world's finest cinematographers.
This and The Assassin are, visually,
the two most gorgeous films you'll see all year.
Eagerly awaiting Assassin's Creed,
which I think will be even better.
Part of Hoop-Tober 2015
“I’m one.” “One what? One year or one day?” “One.”
“The human body is the best picture of the human soul.” It is perhaps the best-known statement by Ludwig Wittgenstein, famed twentieth-century linguistics philosopher. And as with most of Wittgenstein’s statements, it has an opacity that renders it at once vaguely meaningful and vaguely meaningless. A string of words put together just so can be rich and evocative, regardless of its clarity. “If a lion could…
In Ridley Scott's new extra-terrestrial epic, "The Martian", Matt Damon gets left behind on Mars after being presumed dead by his fellow astronauts. It is a tail of overcoming adversity, survival, and perseverance.
I saw a meme on Facebook that questions how much time and money we must spend on bringing Matt Damon back home. From "Saving Private Ryan" to "Interstellar" and now this space opera, we frequently find him in a crisis in which his retrieval to a safe…
For a sci-fi movie on set Mars this is remarkably down to Earth. Astronaut Mark Watney gets stranded at the very beginning of “The Martian” and the next 2 hours are part “Castaway” and part rescue mission. Ridley Scott is firing on all cylinders here from the beautiful Martian landscape and the set design of the ships to the pseudo-science (or maybe actual science) being used, but what really sells this is the human element. The cast that Scott assembled…
The last decade has been something of a bumpy ride for Ridley Scott fans; his output has been all over the place quality-wise, and even a solid sci-fi effort like Prometheus was inevitably branded "disappointing" given the enormous hype surrounding it. It'll be a delight for Scott's fans, then, that The Martian is quite possibly his best film since Blade Runner, and a film certainly worthy of widespread awards consideration.
Astronaut Mark Watney (Matt Damon) ends up stranded on Mars…
Having read the book very recently I was pretty excited/nervous to see how they were going to translate this into a movie, but thankfully they did a great job and it was thoroughly enjoyable. I suspect I may have enjoyed it even more if I hadn't read the book — so much of it felt like it came together too quickly & easily in comparison, and there are some notable exclusions and alterations — but when you have to compress a…
Matt Damon stars along a stellar performance from... math. We've seen math before in movies like Pi and A Beautiful Mind, but this time math just might see that supporting actor Oscar we all know it deserves.
I enjoyed The Martian quite a bit. I think it was Ridley Scott's most assured film. I'm just not certain of its rewatchability. Though loaded with humor and a fantastic plot, it's a little too procedural to spark many viewings. Solid, not exceptional.
I had got this far without seeing a single trailer or knowing much about what would happen and who was in it, beyond Matt Damon from the the Team America film.
Turned out that I loved the damn thing. The film crackles with life, with a sparkling cast.
This a great film about human beings and their desire to survive and the lengths they will go to, in order to get through the worst of times.
It avoids the need…
The better of the two Matt-Damon-lost-in-space movies we've gotten over the last year.
Now, that I've pissed off all the Interstellar fans, I should probably take a step back. After all, I probably shouldn't bring negative vibes into a review for such a joyously optimistic work.
The Martian is the story of a man stranded on the red planet. Following a rushed launch in the midst of a powerful storm, Mark Watney (Matt Damon) is badly struck by debris and…
As cynical as I am about the mega-budget movies that are dominating our cinema going lifestyle, The Martian is surely a movie that few can dislike.
Anchored by another remarkable performance from Matt Damon, probably his best ever. Ridley Scott needed a star, and a star performance of this magnitude to ensure that we actually give a shit about Mark The Martian.
This is Ridley Scott's best film in 15 years. It is simply stunning to watch. For every soaring…