FILM REVIEW: The Other Woman

The Other Woman (Nick Cassavetes, 2014)

Champagne! Woooooo!
Champagne! Woooooo!

It’s been a while since I’ve seen a good old-fashioned decent chick flick, and The Other Woman thankfully delivers. Sunny New York, blonde babes, a one-dimensional wanker of a man, and cocktails in the Bahamas. Sign me up! Continue reading FILM REVIEW: The Other Woman

FILM REVIEW: Chinese Puzzle

Chinese Puzzle (Cédric Klapisch, 2013)
4 mainsI was so looking forward to this. After seeing so many great French films at the French film festival I had high hopes for a film that was getting its own cinematic release in Australia and that was starring the likes of Audrey Tautou and Romain Duris. But I was disappointed. Continue reading FILM REVIEW: Chinese Puzzle

FILM REVIEW: The Grand Budapest Hotel

The Grand Budapest Hotel (Wes Anderson, 2014)

Welcome to the Grand Budapest Hotel...
Welcome to the Grand Budapest Hotel… Ralph Fiennes as M. Gustave H

This isn’t really a movie that you can trust a reviewer on. Or so my Dad found out when he trusted Margaret and David’s 5 and 4.5 star reviews and then hated it. Wes Anderson is certainly not to everyone’s tastes. Continue reading FILM REVIEW: The Grand Budapest Hotel

FILM REVIEW: The Invisible Woman

The Invisible Woman (Ralph Fiennes, 2013)
charityIn his second directorial outing, Ralph Fiennes brings his adaptation of Claire Tomalin’s book The Invisible Woman to the screen. The title character is eighteen year old Nelly Ternan (Felicity Jones), who has an affair with literary great, Charles Dickens (Ralph Fiennes). Continue reading FILM REVIEW: The Invisible Woman

FILM REVIEW: Muppets Most Wanted

Muppets Most Wanted (James Bobin, 2014)
muppets most wanted“WE’RE DOING A SEQUEL! That’s what we do in Hollywood. And everybody knows that the sequel’s never quite as good”. And with that joyous opening number we are introduced to the follow up to James Bobin’s 2011 gem, The Muppets.

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FILM REVIEW: Divergent

Divergent (Neil Burger, 2014)
attackedFollowing in the footsteps of successful book to film adaptations of young adult trilogies such as Twilight and The Hunger Games, comes Divergent, the first of the Divergent Series written by Veronica Roth. I had mixed expectations for this one – the comparisons with The Hunger Games were definitely appealing, but I had heard less than favourable reports about the books, and the teaser trailer looked pretty atrocious (it involves probably the worst scene in the film).

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FILM REVIEW: Noah

Noah (Darren Aronofsky, 2014)

Big Bad Russ
Big Bad Russ

Darren Aronofsky’s latest film Noah is based on the biblical story of how Noah built the ark. Religious fundamentalists have criticised the film for not staying close enough to the story as presented in the bible. Continue reading FILM REVIEW: Noah

FILM REVIEW: The Lego Movie

The Lego Movie (Phil Lord & Christopher Miller, 2014)

EVERYTHING IS AWESOME!
EVERYTHING IS AWESOME!

I’m sure many people were quick to write this movie off as a blatant money grab for the Lego company. While it’s true that they certainly will capitalise on the film’s success, it turns out the film is actually really bloody good and worthy of respect. The Lego Movie is aimed at children AND adults, and I don’t just mean the nerd adults who build Lego creations in their basements and refuse to let anyone touch them.

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Films to watch out for in 2014

There are plenty of great movies scheduled to be released this year, and this list will no doubt be missing some of them – mainly because some films are shrouded in secrecy and we don’t yet know much about them. For this reason, this list mostly consists of films that already have trailers, plus a few that I know for (almost) sure will be awesome. For now, here’s my list: Continue reading Films to watch out for in 2014

FILM REVIEW: Wadjda

Wadjda (Haifaa Al-Mansour, 2012)
wadjda runnersWadjda is a ground-breaking film, in that it is the first feature length film to be shot entirely in Saudi Arabia and the first film made by a female Saudi director (Haifaa Al-Mansour). Due to Saudi Arabia’s restrictions on women, Al-Mansour was not allowed to interact with the male crew members, meaning she directed some scenes from a van and used a walkie-talkie for others. Continue reading FILM REVIEW: Wadjda