Category Archives: 2012

The Master Review

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“I am a writer, a doctor, a nuclear physicist and a theoretical philosopher. But above all, I am a man, a hopelessly inquisitive man, just like you.”

Paul Thomas Anderson’s filmmaking career has been built from a yearning to innovate and astonish and though his profound cinematic presentations of life are some of the film industry’s finest, it’s his flawless consistency that’s truly remarkable. His success with such a unique style and ability to surpass even his own high expectations has warranted recognition as a modern day auteur. Five years on from There Will Be Blood, the great director returns with his most unique venture, but like all of his perfectionist creations, The Master is psychologically absorbing, yet strikingly cinematic and emotionally engaging.

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Savages Review

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Oliver Stoned

After reaching the pinnacle of his career in the late eighties/ early nineties, Oliver Stone, the illustrious director of Platoon, Natural Born Killers and Wall Street, attempts to recover from a succession of disappointments. Though his latest film teases audiences with restoring the unflinching bite and controversy that made his previous films so successful, this ill-conceived and empty tale of drugs, sex and criminality is worlds away from what Stone is capable of.

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Searching for Sugar Man Review

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“He had this kind of magical quality that all the genuine poets and artists have: to elevate things. To get above the mundane, the prosaic. All the bullshit. All the mediocrity that’s everywhere. The artist, the artist is the pioneer.”

A touching documentary that tells the remarkable, if a little sensationalised story of Sixto Rodriguez; a talented, influential sixties musician who disappeared after his records failed to sell and his label dropped him. Continue reading Searching for Sugar Man Review

ParaNorman Review

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Night of the Living Clay

Laika, the animation studio behind Henry Selick’s flawed, yet creepily entertaining Coraline, return with a new stop motion horror comedy and though ParaNorman showcases their technical ability it never presents as much originality or charm as its predecessor.

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To Rome With Love Review

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With Love, but without feeling.

After a surprising resurgence in 2011 with the triumphant Midnight in Paris, renowned romantic comedy director Woody Allen returns to cinemas with another venture in Europe. The once great director’s unique filmmaking approach typically balances wit and satire with an indulgent personal sentiment, often in the form of a love letter to a city.

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Moonrise Kingdom Review

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The good old days.

From its potent idiosyncrasy to its ceaseless, yet stylistically flexible humour Moonrise Kingdom is childlike, but in no way simpler or less serious than any of Wes Anderson’s previous films. In fact, it eclipses each of them with a mature expression of childhood complexities. Beneath the varying layers of peculiarity, eccentricity and comedy is a meaningful reflection of relationships, family and love.

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Seeking a Friend for the End of the World Review

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Hopefully it won’t leave you craving the end of the world.

Budding screenwriter Lorene Scafaria makes her directorial debut with the intriguing comedy drama Seeking a Friend for the End of the World. What’s immediately impressive about Scafaria’s films is the way in which she approaches the disaster movie subgenre. Rather than being obsessed with explosions, astronauts or superheroes, Scafaria is refreshing by crafting her narrative around a considered presentation of how ordinary people react to extraordinary situations.

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Killing Them Softly Review

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“I like to kill them softly, from a distance. Not close enough for feelings”

Andrew Dominik’s third feature film Killing Them Softly is a loose adaptation of George V Higgins’ 1974 novel Cogan’s Trade and follows enforcer Jackie Cogan who is hired to restore order after a robbery at a mob-protected card game causes the local criminal economy to collapse. For his neo-noir crime thriller Dominik reunites with Brad Pitt and frees himself from the shackles of popular cinema convention to deliver a visceral piece of Americana.

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