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Reviews: The Raid 2 – “An orgy of enjoyable and inventive grotesquerie”

Reviews: The Raid 2 – “An orgy of enjoyable and inventive grotesquerie”

There are few things as uniquely wonderful to be found in cinema than that of a sinuously choreographed martial arts exchange: the dance-like recital in accordance with the rhythm of your heartbeat, the breathless edge-of-your-seat physicality and the majestic beauty and art of the act. Gareth Evans, a director of rare talent and taste, is fully aware of this...

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is a fun, but flawed, slip up

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is a fun, but flawed, slip up

Hmmm. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is a bit of a mixed bag. While the web swinging and slinging scenes, and the majority of the action sequences, are spectacular; the third act is a sloppy, busy and emotionally stunted mess. Thankfully, the Uncle Ben guilt tripping is kept to a bare minimum – instead Peter is haunted by the ghost of Dennis Leary. He sees...

Review: The Love Punch

Review: The Love Punch

Emma Thompson and Pierce Brosnan team up as former spouses turned diamond thieves in The Love Punch, a hilarious mad-cap adventure for the older generation. After his company goes bust and he loses his entire pension overnight, Richard (Brosnan) enlists the help of ex-wife Kate (Thompson) to recover their stolen money from the nasty man who took it. When they...

Review – Divergent

Review – Divergent

About: Divergent is a 2014 American science fiction action film directed by Neil Burger, based on the novel of the same name by Veronica Roth. The film is the first installment in the Divergent film series and was produced by Lucy Fisher, Pouya Shabazian, and Douglas Wick, with a screenplay by Evan Daugherty and Vanessa Taylor. It stars Shailene Woodley, Theo...

A Disney Retrospective – Melody Time (1948)

A Disney Retrospective – Melody Time (1948)

Setting the standard for family films for over 75 years, Disney’s Animated Classics are a cinematic phenomenon: 52 films that have shaped the childhoods of billions around the world. But how exactly do they compare to each other, and to today’s cinema releases? Are our opinions heightened by nostalgia, or lowered by cynicism? Over the course of 2014 I will...

Review: Noah

Review: Noah

Forget adapting a literary great like Shakespeare or Dickens, Darren Aronofsky is adapting God (or the “Creator”, as this film so democratically refers to him as): one of the most successful and revered authors of all time. What’s worse for Aronofksy is that everyone knows the Noah story; those literary purists who get a self-esteem boost by defending the...

I couldn’t wake up from the nightmarish Magic Magic, and loved it!

I couldn’t wake up from the nightmarish Magic Magic, and loved it!

Magic Magic is a very weird, very tricksy and very divisive film that never does what you think it will, or what maybe it should. It doesn’t just pull a coin out from behind its audience’s ear, it pulls the rug out from under it’s feet and laughs at it lying on the floor, pissed off and confused. It’s brilliant. When Alicia (Juno Temple)...

Review: Once – Film vs Play

Review: Once – Film vs Play

Once was a small film that may have passed a lot of people by, yet those who saw it adored it and with good reason. The two leads, Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová, acted, sung and performed the music they had also written with such apparent ease and emotion it was hard not to fall in love with their story. This was obviously a labour of love for the pair of...

Review: Divergent

Review: Divergent

So many dystopian America, female-lead, Young Adult book adaptations to watch and so little time. Divergent, based on Veronica Roth’s novel of the same name, is the most recent ‘next’ Harry Potter Narnia Twilight Hunger Games Mortal Instruments Hunger Games and if I’m honest, it’s not that bad. In the future, Chicago is walled up because America has...

Review: The Double

Review: The Double

I haven’t really dabbled all that much in Russian literature but if Richard Ayoade’s moderately loose adaptation of Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s novella ‘The Double’ is anything to go by, fill my Kindle with the stuff. Jesse Eisenberg is James Simon, the all-too-familiar non-person at a leading company that does… something (cue Reynholm Industries...