Some films you just want to live inside, this is one of those movies.
Wes Anderson's The Grand Budapest Hotel is a delightful and mischievous confection that is a true delight for the senses. It's also wickedly funny thanks in no small part to Ralph Fiennes who, in recent years with appearances in In Bruges and Cemetery Junction has been showing a hitherto hidden flair for comedy, well this performance is undoubtedly his pinnacle with lines like 'She was shaking…
I still think this said the same thing but in a better, more poetic and certainly more concise manner;
Spike Jonze film concerns a heartbroken man whose marriage has ended so messily that he has slowly cut himself off from normal interaction to become an introverted somewhat dysfunctional person with little faith in getting back on his feet or finding someone else to love. He's clearly depressed, but in a somewhat comfortable rut and, knowing he needs to organise…
A good tale well told that fitted its epic length rather well. QT has definitely matured as a film maker to tell this story truthfully and still feel able to tip his hat to his exploitation loves.
It is well directed, well shot, it looks beautiful. The soundtrack is a pleasing damn good mish mash, there are some genuinely funny moments and of course some genuinely tense moments. I love how QT has turned some things totally on…
There's no denying that Martin Scorsese's The Wolf of Wall Street has proved to be a deeply divisive film, with some claiming that this is a bold and striking movie that swaggers with a brio not expected from a veteran director now in his 70s, whilst others have dismissed it as overlong, puerile, repetitive and displaying a certain adolescence one should not expect from a veteran director now in his 70s.
I can understand both arguments really; The Wolf of…
Can't really say I watched it, I lasted 40 minutes. Just not my cup of meat. That said, I'd had the torture of sitting through all the other empty Marvel vehicles (only Iron Man, the original, stood out as quality the rest were no brained CGI spectaculars) so I felt it only fair to give this a go.
Wish I hadn't bothered.
Same old crash bang wallop, serious faces and lame attempts at comedy that just come off as smug and irritating.
Was confused to see How I Met Your Mother's Robin at the start mind!
Drive gets a lot of hype, some deserved and some not so.
The important thing to remember is this is a slick stylized interpretation of a 70s or 80s B Movie (it even has Albert Brooks in!) and that's it.
Machete and Hobo With A Shotgun are equally stylized B Movies pieces, but failed to gain such hype. Still where this succeeds over those is in capturing the hearts and minds of the GTA generation.
The whole production is drenched…
In Lou Bloom, gaunt faced wide eyed star Jake Gyllenhaal and first time director and screenwriter Dan Gilroy has given us a truly disturbing society made creation and this generation's Travis Bickle.
However, where Bickle felt compelled to nocturnally roam the scummy, crime ridden streets and protect his infatuations, Bloom has no such moral righteousness in his makeup. In fact, he's utterly devoid of morals as befits a man who has hungrily lapped up America's offensive TV news coverage and…
5 star anticipation.
3 and a half star movie.
3 star resolution to the trilogy.
I so wanted to like this, and I did, but I didn't love this. For me, Batman Begins is still the best film in this series that Nolan made. The Dark Knight came a good second but this primarily seemed more concerned with tying up the loose ends of the franchise and leaving a massive door open.
The high points are of course Anne Hathaway…
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
I don't know why I put myself through the dull horror of these Marvel movies as they're clearly not my cup of tea.
Oh hang on, I do know why; Robert Redford. It's a very knowing role afforded him here, which harks back to his 70s political conspiracy thriller heyday, albeit with a subversive twist which reveals him to be the traitor. Sadly both the actor and the twist is really wasted by the Russo brothers at the helm of…
This is one I've deliberately steered clear of for some time because it was just everywhere when it came out. I also have issues with the Oscar baiting depictions of disability or illness, specifically when characters with these conditions are portrayed by overtly glamourous Hollywood stars.
For example, Bradley Cooper is not an actor to me, he is a star whose ascendancy was guaranteed by his attractiveness and charisma primarily over his talent. I do not find him an especially…
"Don't put metal in the science oven"
I finally got round to seeing a film whose reception was so divisive. Was it worth all that Oscars buzz? Probably not, in fact no definitely not. But David O. Russell's American Hustle was - for me - a pleasing if somewhat sprawling shaggy dog story imbued with a classy cast, an eclectic soundtrack and a great authentic 70s look in terms of cinematography, direction, design and wardrobe.
David O. Russell's direction seemed…