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Review: Into The Storm

Review: Into The Storm

A storm hits a small town high school graduation and the vice principal is desperate to track down his son who just so happens to be across town with the local early-bloomer/environmentalist/girl next door/love of his life. Said dad bumps into a group of storm chasers and they head off together to find his son or a tornado – whichever they happen to...

Like Jason Statham meets Stephen Hawking – I love Lucy

Like Jason Statham meets Stephen Hawking – I love Lucy

Luc Besson is great at kick ass heroines: Mathilda in Leon, Leeloo in The Fifth Element, Angel-A, and the criminally under seen Extraordinary Adventures of Adele Blanc Sec. In Lucy he adds perhaps his best to this oeuvre. Lucy (Scarlett Johansson) is a student in Taiwan. Her waster boyfriend Richard tricks her into making a dodgy drop for him and she winds up...

DVD Review: The Quiet Ones

DVD Review: The Quiet Ones

Though inspired by a true story, there is little to connect this film with the reality – yet that does nothing to lessen the impact of this tense and intriguing horror film. The Quiet Ones uses a very similar style to the very best in the genre, capitalising on the simple but powerful effects of a creaky dear or a moment of silence before a fright. This...

Review: Million Dollar Arm

Review: Million Dollar Arm

Director: Craig Gillespie Writer: Thomas McCarthy Starring: Jon Hamm, Madhur Mittal, Suraj Sharma, Aasif Mandvi, Lake Bell, Pitobash, Alan Arkin, Bill Paxton Synopsis: J.B (Hamm), a sports agent losing his skills and business decides to unconventionally scout Indian cricket pitchers for Major League Baseball. When Disney tries its efforts with true stories it...

Festival de Cannes 2014 Review: Two Days, One Night [Deux Jours, une Nuit]

Festival de Cannes 2014 Review: Two Days, One Night [Deux Jours, une Nuit]

Coming in slightly late, this was my reaction to Two Days, One Night at the 67th Cannes Film Festival: Directors/Writers: Luc Dardenne, Jean-Pierre Dardenne Starring: Marion Cotillard, Fabrizio Rongione, Pili Groyne, Simon Caudry Synopsis: Sandra (Cotillard) has two days to convince her work colleagues that they should give up their bonuses in order for her...

Festival de Cannes 2014 Review: The Rover

Festival de Cannes 2014 Review: The Rover

Coming in slightly late, this was my reaction to The Rover at the 67th Cannes Film Festival: Director/Writer: David Michôd Starring: Guy Pearce, Robert Pattinson, Scoot McNairy, Tawanda Manyimo, David Field Synopsis: A loner travelling among the ruins of an economically damaged society makes it his mission to track down the criminals who have stolen his car...

Review: God Help The Girl

Review: God Help The Girl

I wanted to love this film so much. Usually when I have this feeling, one of two things happens. Either the film is dreadful, but the emotion and anticipation that I have invested in it, sees me exonerate it and be enraptured by it regardless. Or it is amazing, but my expectations are so high that whatever brilliance it unleashes, I will never be happy. Sadly,...

The Rover is an art house Mad Max

The Rover is an art house Mad Max

Taking place in a semi-post-apocalyptic Australian middle of nowhere, The Rover stars Guy Pearce and Robert Pattinson, and is written and directed by David Michôd (Animal Kingdom).  Some kind of financial meltdown is alluded to having fucked the world up ten years ago, and now Eric (Pearce) cruises the dusty outback, always on the lookout for gas, and just...

Blu-ray review: Starred Up

Blu-ray review: Starred Up

Jack O’ Connell is one of those divisive actors who, still very much at the bottom rung of his career ascension, is a talent that’ll either be adored for his role in TV’s Skins, or loathed for it. Preparing to wipe the slate clean ahead of Starred Up, I’d previously admired his small part in Eden Lake, albeit for his portrayal of a...

Book Review – Joss Whedon: Geek King of the Universe – A Biography

Book Review – Joss Whedon: Geek King of the Universe – A Biography

We all know Joss Whedon – Buffy, Angel, Firefly, Serenity, Dollhouse, and a little film called The Avengers. However, you probably don’t know him as well as you thought as Amy Pascale’s new book – Joss Whedon: Geek King of the Universe – A Biography – is chock full of facts, stories and tales about Mr Whedon. It is an...