Via competent writing, confident direction and excellent performances, Bad Neighbours is a success.
I’m extremely pleased to say that there may be hope for our friendly, neighbourhood spandex wearing New Yorker.
Marc Webb’s Amazing Spider-Man 2 is such a massive improvement over its predecessor that it may cause whiplash.
Canopy is writer/director Aaron Wilson’s first-person take on the sensory experience of being lost at war.
Director Denis Villeneuve and screenwriter Aaron Guzikowski’s Prisoners is a puzzle of horrendous acts that as it’s assembled forms an incrementally uglier portrait of humanity. Spectacular performances and a palpable atmosphere that nearly bleeds out…
Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel is a work of visceral, madcap comedic genius.
“There is nothing more provocative than minding your own business.”
… let’s not pave all the roads with yellow bricks just yet.
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Throughout the frivolity that encapsulated the entire duration of The Grand Budapest Hotel a little smile (or maybe it was a mischievous grin) never left my face.
Muppets Most Wanted is essentially the ‘B-Side’ to The Muppets. It almost ensures that the Muppets are left to gather dust on a shelf awaiting the desperation of a true fan filmmaker to resurrect them once again.
The Other Woman is frustratingly indecisive.
With this subject matter, gorgeous production design and an incredible ensemble on both sides of the lens one would expect this to be yet another home run for Clooney and Heslov (the team behind Argo and Good Night and Good Luck). Unfortunately, the beautiful moments contained within the often divergent threads of the story don’t gel into a masterpiece comparable to the art they’re trying to salvage.
The graveyard of films based on ‘young adult’ (YA) book properties is getting close to hanging up a ‘no vacancy’ sign with the arrival of Divergent.
Pet owners are always trying to sneak their animal’s medication by hiding it in their meals. Filmmaker Darren Aronofsky uses the same strategy with Noah by smuggling potent existential ideas into a film with a blockbuster mentality.
It’s the only female-led YA adult series to succeed at the box-office since the first Hunger Games, and while most of the others *cough The Mortal Instruments, The Host, Beastly, Beautiful Creatures cough* haven’t deserved the right to ignite a cinematic franchise, Divergent most certainly does.
Prepare to be shaken.
One of the most resonant moments in The Avengers is when Captain America is chatting to Nick Fury about reacclimatising to contemporary life. Chris Evans delivers this line, loaded with melancholy “When I went under, the world was at war. I wake up, they say we won. They didn’t say what we lost.” In Captain America: The Winter Soldier co-directors Joe and Anthony Russo send Steve Rogers into a 70s conspiracy thrill ride that uses S.H.I.E.L.D to question what America has become.
Bad Neighbours is worth your time for Byrne’s potty mouth, Rogen’s hairy back and watching Franco and Efron profess their (brotherly) love for each other.
Hold onto your butts because if there’s one film based on a multibillion dollar toy empire you see this year, make it this brick-fest.
If a Tom Clancy novel had an affair with a comic book the lovechild would be Captain America: Winter Soldier. The final product is a tug-of-war between grit and goof.