Daughter 1: Daddy, can we watch Frozen.
Me: Sure thing, honey. Does your brother want to watch as well?
Son: What's it about?
Daughter 1: Oh it's about princesses and true love!
Son - blank stare-
Daughter: and there's a snow monster.
Son: Let's roll.
-movie finishes, Daughter 1 is blaring Let it Go at the top of her lungs-
Me: What'd you think, buddy?
-Son gives me a look-
Me: C'mon, wasn't that bad was it?
Son (these are…
This film is completely nuts, and a lesson on why I should not cast aspersions based on trailers alone. Kingsman is not a simple James Bond parody or like Spy Kids ramped up a bit. It is a full blown action film with all the sensibilities of an 80s spy/exploitation B-movie; violence and cheesy comedy cranked up to max. While the film has its flaws, I didn't linger on them long (though the very last scene is groanable). People are gonna hate Kingsman, but I loved it.
Oh, and how about that sequence in the church! I'll never forget that.
"Not my tempo."
A rapid, unforgettable, and absolutely stupefying work of romanticism, invigoration, and exquisite character development; Whiplash is a prodigious study of the quest of greatness. Anchored by two marvelous and dueling performances by Miles Teller and J.K. Simmons, the film starts by taking your breath away and holding it just out of arms reach until the credits roll. The piercing flow of the editing, the knockout quality of the dialogue, the tinged and textural flavor of the cinematography,…
What do you write about a film that is exactly what it is, without pretense?
Not too much:
- Wick is slick.
- Reeves has almost no lines.
- ^ this is a good thing.
- Reeves is 50 years old.
- ^ WTF?
- John Wick is the best comic book adaptation of something that was never a comic book.
- Wick's Bitch.
- ^ sadface
- John Wick is the best video game adaptation of something that was…
If you type the word "throwback" into our in-site search engine at FakeShemp.Net you will see that it's one of my favourite references and therefore you can imagine my anticipation when I first heard about a new film called THROWBACK! On top of that the film is about the mythical creature The Yowie (Australia's answer to Sasquatch) and has been promoted with one of the best damn movie posters I've seen in years... yep, I was sold before I even…
Thank God Almighty.
Director Ava Duvernay had a monumental task before her, making a high-profile motion picture focused on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, with a cast of famous names. What’s more, the closer the film has come to release, the more the headlines have shown us just how much we need a Great Film about Dr. King’s vision.
Even great directors would probably have disappointed us. Think of Spielberg’s Lincoln: Hey, I loved it, but I acknowledge that it…
I get the feeling that Tim Burton feels some kind of kinship with Edward D Wood Jr, even if Burton himself is miles ahead of Wood as a director (recent work not withstanding). Burton's ode to Wood (and really to old Z-Grade movies in general) stands as his most personal film, I think, and also as his best.
I think the film's strongest suit, outside of the superb performances, is the script by Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski. The film…
Here I am, breathing a great sigh of relief. After building Birdman up in my head for months, I was bracing myself for disappointment before today's screening. It is probably too early to be brandishing words around like 'masterpiece', but I am extremely fond of the film after just one viewing, and here's why.
Emmanuel Lubezki may just be the best cinematographer of our time. The way in which he shot Birdman is outstanding. No, really. The whole film is…
Still a magnificent film, and my favourite of Wes Anderson's work (a very close competition). My opinions noted in my original review remain true. I'd dare say I even enjoyed The Grand Budapest Hotel more on this viewing, something I wouldn't have thought possible prior. Just wonderful, darling!
A deafening, calm, and challenging work of character building and complex screenwriting; Calvary is a film that filled me more with admiration than anything else. Brendan Gleeson gives a performance beyond words, and even with so many wonderful performances this year, his work here is the best I've seen in 2014. Overall, in spite of some characters that felt "off", the film as a whole is quite good. However, It definitely isn't one that I will be returning to very…
Can't fault anyone turned off by the glibness of CALVARY, that slight sense of caricature and quirk that permeates the parishioners of Father James' (Brendan Gleeson) little Irish village — especially when wrapped in such grimness (revenge, death, sexual abuse). But dammit, doesn't this clash capture the sublime folly of existence?
How do you cope with the darkness, the everyday malaise? These characters, like so many of us, detach via alcohol and sex, or in less self-destructive fashion, lose themselves in books; McDonagh softens the despair with humor. Sometimes all you can do is laugh.
A thing of rich and raw beauty isn't usually found in cinemas at this time of year. It's predominantly a period when brash blockbusters try to numb our minds and perfunctory cash grabs attempt to pry open our wallets. But John Michael McDonagh's Calvary defies this logic vehemently. It's a film that's imbued with staggering gorgeousness, verisimilitude and a whole heap of panache. Not to oversell it, but Calvary is to John Michael McDonagh what In Bruges was to his…