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  • Tomb Raider

    Tomb Raider


    Alicia Vikander sells the athleticism of this incarnation of the character, but I can't help feel there are some drawbacks to the "grounded" approach to the material. There's little here that can rival the sheer joy of seeing effortless, weightless, wire/CG-assisted bodies in motion as in the Angelina Jolie/Simon West entries or, for example, the Resident Evil films. The character drama, fueled by numerous desaturated flashbacks, is rote. Almost every opportunity for awe or mysticism is squeezed out, to the…

  • The Prince of Nothingwood

    The Prince of Nothingwood


    It took two viewings to cement what was so compelling about The Prince of Nothingwood, a documentary following a prolific director of cheap action films in Afghanistan, Salim Shaheen. He's a brash, egotistic character, prone to sweeping statements about the glory of cinema, and the comedic moments that were used to sell the film are definitely present. Underneath, however, he's more slippery, and the film is more ambivalent.

    Perhaps the film and director Sonia Kronlund never get to the heart…

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  • Into the Wild

    Into the Wild


    I know several people whose opinions I respect that have loved this film and even rate it among their favourites, but having read the book and now having seen the movie I’m still at the same conclusion, that Chris McCandless was at times an insufferable prick who believed he was some divine combination of Thoreau and Jack London. He didn’t deserve to die for this stupidity (many his age think they're indestructible) but he doesn’t deserve to be mythologised either.…

  • Withnail & I

    Withnail & I


    I like my substance abuse surrounded by dry British humour (though I'm not really a fan of Trainspotting). Withnail & I is full of narcissism, paranoia and gleeful disobedience but also a sense of despair - an understanding this lifestyle is unsustainable and self-destructive - adding the pathos that makes a comedy last. You can tell it was based on real experiences (of the writer-director, Bruce Robinson, who hasn't done that many films, but I really need to check out How…