Epic stories still have their place, but a succinct slice of a person’s life can effectively showcase an awakening of greatness as seen in Nowhere Boy, Finding Neverland and The King’s Speech, and now Kill Your Darlings can be added to that list.
“As far back as I can remember, I always wanted to be a gangster”. Wait, I didn’t mean to quote Goodfellas, I meant quote a line from co-writer/director David O. Russell’s American Hustle. Actually, it’s possible to get the two confused because American Hustle plays out like a grand tribute to the crime drama of Martin Scorsese.
It is a sincere film that is full of life, with fantastic performances and arresting drama that provokes almost every emotion imaginable from an audience. Infusing well-suited humour, and without overdone sentiment, Cretton beautifully balances the uplifting and the heartbreaking in an authentic telling of tremendously moving human stories.
Powerful is an understatement when talking about 12 Years a Slave. McQueen agitates in order to educate and it’s an unforgettable experience.
Delivery Man is a surprisingly heartfelt approach to a very funny premise; despite taking several unnecessary narrative detours along the way.
With likable, empowering characters, and a fresh element of conflict, Frozen is the year’s most impressive animated feature and a 21st Century Disney classic.
I wish we lived in a world where I could accept that the sexuality of the protagonists of Blue is the Warmest Color do not matter.
Unflinching, excruciating direction from McQueen; arresting and affective performances from Chiwetel Ejiofor, Lupita Nyong’o & Michael Fassbender; John Ridley’s adaption of this shamefully true story is epic; 12 Years a Slave is extraordinary.
Everyone knows, or has known, someone like our protagonist in The Spectacular Now, Sutter Keely (Miles Teller, Rabbit Hole). He’s the popular jock – a likable, confident guy who is a lot of fun to…
How I Live Now could have been called Tomorrow When The War Began in rural England and my cousins and I decided to live a hippy rural existence until shit got real; but that would have been far too literal.
On acting and directing duties, Ben Stiller goes on an uplifting journey through physical and fantastical worlds with The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, which also doubles as a cynic’s worst nightmare, beware, this film contains optimism.
Gorgeous, twisty, disconcerting, and moody, Tom at the Farm is not quite the masterpiece found in the form of Laurence Anyways, but it is a relentlessly suspenseful kink on an increasingly underserved genre that proves Dolan to be one of the most impressive working filmmakers in the world today.
Thanks to the fine work of Ejiofor—whose performances is truly breath-taking—12 Years a Slave is still a powerful document of one man’s journey into and out of slavery.
Catching Fire improving on the already-solid foundation film I, an uninitiated reader, have now become an admirer of this fantastic franchise and eagerly await the continuation.
It is always easy to tell when a director knew exactly what they wanted their film to be; it comes out in the surety of its execution and the high quality of its performances. Loosely inspired by the Oscar Wilde short story of the same name, Clio Barnard’s The Selfish Giant is one such film.
Auto-erotic-asphyxiation, waves of whisky, mounds of cocaine; Filth does what it says on the tin.
Kevin MacDonald is a talented director. The Last King of Scotland was an excellent morally objectionable and ethically grey drama centered on characters caught in a crisis of compromise. How I Live Now is the director’s latest, and although it is peppered with similar sentiment and high concept, it does not quite achieve its multi-tiered genre ambitions, but damn does it try.
Director Ridley Scott and screenwriter Cormac McCarthy have collaborated on a cynical examination of crime that superbly portrays illegal behaviour in a foul way which is exactly what the characters and the setting deserves.
The first thing anyone will notice about Wang Bing’s documentary ‘Til Madness Do Us Part is its formidable length. At 227 minutes, it was a daunting prospect, but one that proved both rewarding and frustrating. I’m finding it a little hard to wrap my head around this film so bear with me.
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire achieves what every sequel should strive for – a film that surpasses its predecessor in every way.