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Inception Review

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Having earned them a colossal amount of money with The Dark Knight, Warner Bros rewarded Christopher Nolan with the finances to create an entirely original film.

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Black Hawk Down Review

Forget Act of Valour

Ridley Scott described the film as ‘anti-war, but pro-military’ and that is certainly true.  Continue reading Black Hawk Down 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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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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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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