I've never rated Reese Witherspoon as an actor at all and Election really underlined this issue for me.
Her ridiculous mugging and over-reactions to certain parts of the film not only got on my tits but were completely at odds with what her character should have been like. While she should have been a quiet schemer who flew off the handle a couple of times to outline the obsessiveness of her character, instead she spends much of her performance pulling…
Quite often, when I watch a truly great film for the first time, I find myself inspired to do things I haven't done before or haven't done for a long time.
The Edge Of Seventeen had me inspired to write a screenplay. I have written screenplays in the past, back when I was in my early twenties and wasn't as yet ensconced within the world of reviewing Lexi Belle's latest movie or…
What makes a 5 star film?
There are lots of different criteria floating around for what makes one. By their own admission, some people are a lot freer with dishing out such a grading whilst others insist a film practically has to become their all time favourite to receive full marks.
It is, of course, completely dependent on the individual. I've often wondered if I am quite strict or quite liberal with the amount of times I've handed out full…
I think that The Shining is, outside of one of its major plot points, a pretty good name for this film. It's a shining example of why no filmmaker should feel obliged to as closely mirror a book as possible when doing an adaptation.
When Stanley Kubrick released The Shining, Stephen King famously decried it, saying that it hardly resembled his novel at all. Quite often since then people have suggested that King simply does not understand cinema, an opinion…