Category Archives: 2011

Paul Review

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Pull the other one

Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, a talking alien and a referential science fiction narrative. It’s no surprise that prior to its release this brash sci-fi comedy was frequently mistaken for the highly anticipated third instalment of The Blood and Ice Cream trilogy.

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Horrible Bosses Review

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You don’t have to be murderous to work here…

Unfortunately, it’s likely that the majority of us have had the experience of working for a horrible boss, but as nightmarish as our own experiences may seem they are nothing compared to those featured in Seth Gordon’s 2011 comedy Horrible Bosses. The entire film hinges on the presentation of its three antagonistic bosses and its prime strength is the actors cast in these roles; Spacey, Aniston and Farrell.

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We Need To Talk About Kevin Review

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Lynne Ramsay’s long awaited cinematic return

There’s a lot going on within Lynne Ramsay’s magnificently harrowing adaptation of Lionel Shriver’s 2003 novel, of the same name, but We Need To Talk About Kevin remains perfectly handled throughout. No shot is wasted within this remarkable film and every moment builds to the central exploration of a dysfunctional mother/son relationship.

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Tyrannosaur Review

A depressing definition of the term misnomer.

The breathtaking performances from Peter Mullan and Olivia Colman make Paddy Considine’s debut feature exceptional. Their conflicting characters’ intertwining arcs are entertaining, moving, but devastating. Therein lies the problem with Tyrannosaur – it’s so hard to watch and even harder to enjoy. Continue reading Tyrannosaur Review

Black Pond Review

The Thompsons…

Making their directorial debuts friends Tom Kingsley and Will Sharpe have crafted a sensational dark comedy on the smallest of budgets. The result of their dedicated frugality is an eighty-minute feature that never once shows the restrictions of its meagre £25,000 production costs.

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Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol Review

Redefining impossibilities since ’96

Having rendered every previous impossible mission, possible, Tom Cruise steps into Ethan Hunt’s elevated shoes for the fourth instalment of the franchise. Years after escaping the clutches of sadistic arms dealer Owen Davian (Philip Seymour Hoffman) in Mission: Impossible III (2006) the IMF’s unrivalled team are racing against time to track down a dangerous terrorist named Hendricks, who has gained access to Russian nuclear launch codes and is planning a strike on the United States. Continue reading Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol Review

The Artist Review

The Artist

Silence is golden

With its silent approach, black and white aesthetic and reduced aspect ratio, The Artist is a beautiful celebration of cinema’s golden era. Steeped in sentiment, the film’s musical accompaniment harks back to the early cinematic experience as well as expertly anchoring fantastic performances and an astutely self referential narrative. While the meaning behind each scene is explained by title cards, in keeping with the genre, the director and actors revive a higher calibre of acting which faded after the arrival of the talkies and is mostly lost to contemporary cinema. This is a film that doesn’t require dialogue; characters’ thoughts and emotions are shown purely through facial expressions and physical action. Continue reading The Artist Review

Warrior Review

The fitting filmic translation that MMA deserves.

MMA, or mixed martial arts, is still regarded as an emerging sport, but due to increasing popularity it is unsurprising that there has been an influx of films centred on the sport. With its rich history in film boxing has provided the bases of some of the industry’s finest films; Raging Bull (1980), Rocky (1976) and Ali (2001). Contemporary MMA films, such asNever Back Down (2008) and Fighting (2009), tend to borrow from these famous releases, but fail in comparison to previous films due to clichéd and unengaging narratives. Warrior, released theatrically towards the end of 2011, provides a revival and clean slate for the MMA format by capturing the attributes of the sport with its frighteningly tense fight scenes and deeply emotive narrative.

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