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Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes Review

Rise and Dawn might mean the same thing, but the differences between the two films in 20th Century Fox’s successful franchise reboot couldn’t be more apparent. Where Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes sacrificed spectacle for story to offer a pleasant change from the numerous mediocre Hollywood remakes that surrounded it, its successor strikes a perfect balance between the two. It’s as much a compelling continuation of the apes genesis tale as it is a bigger, bolder and altogether more complete summer spectacle. Continue reading Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes Review

Lawless Review

“I’m a Bondurant. We don’t lay down for nobody”.

Much like his famed western, The Proposition, Hillcoat’s latest film displaces the conventional setting of the genre. While his previous film presented Australian history with the genre codes of the traditional western, Lawless occurs decades after the typical western setting, but once again indirectly, but deliberately criticises America’s past. Continue reading Lawless Review

The Art of Spying

As Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy is one of the few films to depict the less glamorous lifestyle of a secret agent, I consider how contemporary cinema presents spies and analyse the directorial influence Tomas Alfredson has on his espionage thriller.

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Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy Review

John Le Carré’s legendary novel gets the adaptation it deserves.

Lingering clouds of cigarette smoke mask a group of men sitting in silence, sharing suspicious glances and nervous twitches better associated with a high stakes poker table. As well as soaking up the stale odorous stench from the cigarettes, the sound proofed walls of this meeting room prevent anyone outside the room overhearing the conversations inside. This is the perfect location for veteran espionage agent George Smiley (Gary Oldman) to uncover the identity of a traitorous Soviet mole operating inside the MI6.

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