If you’re reading this and you’ve ever managed to persuade me to watch a romantic comedy with you then it’s safe to say I was head over heels in love and you took advantage of my temporary weakened state. I despise the genre almost as much as I despise soap operas, reality TV, Lonsdale vests and Mick Hucknall. So, on the surface, I’m not the kind of guy to really pitch ‘Silver Linings Playbook’ to am I? Well, when the pitch comes direct from Bret Easton-Ellis who has a body of work that’s filled with cutting intelligence and borderline depravity that I so admire, I thought to myself this movie must be worth a look.
Bradley Cooper plays Pat Soltano Jr, a married man with an undiagnosed history of mental illness tipped over the edge by a singular event involving his now estranged wife. Continue reading
The outcome of this review is somewhat inevitable. I’m an absolutely enamoured admirer of the work of Ang Lee. From his fractured family unit drama ‘The Ice Storm’ to his breakthrough ‘Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon’ and even his first Hollywood misfire ‘Hulk’ I’ve always found much to enjoy in his work, no matter how flawed it may seem. For me there’s always something more I notice on repeat viewings.
Perhaps it was wrong of me to assume from the stunning trailers that ‘Life of Pi’ would be a 3D visual spectacle aimed at the summer audience with the subtraction of substance and emotion to match. I couldn’t have been more wrong in my assumption.
The titular ‘Pi’ is a young boy whose family own a zoo.
‘V/H/S’ is in theory right up my street. I’m a fan of the ‘found footage’ horror sub-genre and this coupled with an anthology format allowing a number of talented directors to showcase their talent in bite-size segments had me incredibly interested in what the film could offer. Did my expectation match reality? Well, yes. And also no.
‘Beasts of The Southern Wild’ tells the story of a world wise 6 year old girl referred to affectionately by her Daddy as Hushpuppy. The unorthodox family unit live in a waterside shanty-esque community known as The Bathtub in a reimagined deep south state. They live their day to day lives off the land, farming what they can and catching fish from the surrounding waters. Their life is simple but exists under the encroaching threat of a geological catastrophe which will leave The Bathtub uninhabitable and force its residents to live within the city limits and under forced societal rules.
The film itself is unlike anything I’ve ever seen before. Continue reading