The Aura is a film that is so slow that it should have been called Theeeeeeeee Auuuuuuuraaaaaaaa.
In fact, it's so slow that I fell asleep during it and woke up to find that it had practically gone backwards. The last film of Nine Queens director Fabián Bielinsky before his tragic and untimely death, The Aura is what you could loosely call…
Before watching Sound Of Noise, I regarded musical terrorism to be perpetrated by those arseholes that drive around booming out Skrillex at about 10,000 decibels at all hours.
Why is it that when you hear really loud music booming out of a car that it's always really shit as well? It's never Such Great Heights by The Postal Service or Transmission by…
Having unbelievably only just watched The Invisible Man for the first time, I am left wondering why it isn't more often referred to as a comedy.
There are several scenes in The Invisible Man that are really very funny indeed. I did wonder if they were meant to be - after all, The Invisible Man is not the most subtle film of all time and coming out of the mid-1930s the acting was of an altogether more theatrical style than…
Elite Squad reminded me of one of those sprawling war movies from the 1960s where there are about a million characters and nothing really makes sense and you're not sure what's going on and you don't know if you're really enjoying it and it seems to go on forever.
In fairness, it probably isn't a film that fits many, if any, of…
Having been entranced by Another Earth a few months ago, Sound Of My Voice was one of the most eagerly awaited films on my watchlist due to sharing the same writer-lead actress Brit Marling.
The problem is that while I knew right away that I really liked that film, I've come out of this one not really sure what to…
I really like Jim Gaffigan.
I mean, the guy does nothing but go on about food but he still manages to be consistently funny about it. I also really like his delivery style, which actually gives me the impression of a guy who doesn't really give much of a crap about anything rather than being someone who is pretending to not give much of a crap about anything.
He also does about half an hour on McDonalds. I think he…
Quite aside from spending half the show doing one of my peeves in stand-up comedy, that being pointing out into the audience and picking on people and, as well as that, chuckling at every one of his shitty gags, Russell Peters is pretty crap.
I watched one of his shows a couple of years ago and it seemed to be a whole heap of lazy racial and national observations with lots of audience participation. This is exactly the same except…
To date I have given all five of the Louis CK shows that I've watched 3.5 stars.
I think that says a lot about how consistent he has been as a stand up comedian. Even greats like George Carlin and Bill Hicks had their lesser shows that you would be unlikely to revisit. At the same time, however, they also had at least two truly great performances that are amongst the very best stand-up shows ever produced. Even a couple…
Most of the reviews that I have read of The Hidden Face since I've watched it have screamed "DON'T WATCH THE FRIGGIN' TRAILER!" or words to that effect. Having just watched the trailer after seeing the film, they're absolutely right.
It's why I don't watch trailers. This one is so amazingly misjudged in terms of the amount it reveals that it genuinely…
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Whilst much of the focus of the last couple of years has been on a certain other Serbian film, The Trap has rather been left behind coughing on the fumes of its censor-bothering compatriot when it comes to discussions of films from the former Yugoslavian republic.
I haven't seen A Serbian Film, and have absolutely no wish…
Just how difficult, do you think, is it to create a film that finds the perfect blend of beauty and savagery set against a backdrop that favours the latter far more than the former?
Director John Hillcoat didn't have much of a background to speak of before he directed The Proposition, and even less to suggest that he would have been capable…