FILM REVIEW: Truth

Truth (James Vanderbilt, 2015)

Cate Blanchett nails it yet again as journalist and CBS news producer, Mary Mapes in Truth. Based on the Killian documents controversy, Truth details the downfall of Mapes and 60 Minutes news anchor, Dan Rather (Robert Redford), following their airing of a story prior to the 2004 election which called into question George W. Bush’s fulfilment of his military service during the Vietnam War. Continue reading FILM REVIEW: Truth

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FILM REVIEW: Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip

Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip (Walt Becker, 2015)

While fans eagerly consume a seventh Rocky film, a twenty-forth Bond, and a seventh part of that little-known franchise Star Wars, the announcement of a fourth Alvin and the Chipmunks has many people wanting to know: JUST WHEN WILL IT END? Weren’t three films enough? But in fact it’s been four years since the release of the third Chipmunk film, and there’s a younger demographic just waiting to be indoctrinated, so the answer is no, of course that wasn’t enough. There’s still money to be made! Continue reading FILM REVIEW: Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip

FILM REVIEW: Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Star Wars: The Force Awakens (J. J. Abrams, 2015)

There would have been a few wet seats last Thursday after the premiere of J.J. Abram’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Having waited what seems like an eternity for another good Star Wars film, the nerds have finally got their wish. Set 30 years after the events of Return of the Jedi, the gang are back, with some fresh faces added into the mix. Continue reading FILM REVIEW: Star Wars: The Force Awakens

FILM REVIEW: Suffragette

We’ve come so far, we’ve got so far to go. Suffragette acts as both a reminder of the progress made in the fight for gender equality, while remaining relevant in 2015, a year in which the gender pay gap, domestic violence, and objectification of women still continue to be significant issues. And that’s in the developed countries. Hark back over a hundred years to when women had to fight for the vote, and Suffragette provides a beacon of hope that change can happen if you fight hard enough for it. Unfortunately this message gets lost in a film that loses sight of the bigger picture. Continue reading FILM REVIEW: Suffragette

FILM REVIEW: 99 Homes

99 Homes (Ramin Bahrani, 2014)

In the aftermath of the global financial crisis, Dennis Nash (Andrew Garfield) is evicted from his home along with his mother (Laura Dern) and son (Noah Lomax), and forced to shack up at a seedy motel. Desperate and unemployed, Nash makes a deal with the devil – here in the form of Rick Carver (Michael Shannon), the real estate broker who kicked Nash out of his home – by taking on a job where he evicts other families, as well as agreeing to further shady tasks. Continue reading FILM REVIEW: 99 Homes

Audience Etiquette 101

Last week I saw Secret in Their Eyes with a friend. It was a decent film, and one that I would probably recommend, except I’m rendered unable to give a completely informed opinion of it due to the viewing experience being ruined by the clueless audience members behind us. It’s astonishing just how unaware this one particular woman was – of her surroundings, of the narrative, of basic social etiquette. That yelling “LOOK OUT” at a character on screen was not going to have any effect; that narrating the entire film would be irritating to those around her. And that her guess of the twist being “the daughter’s alive!” made absolutely no sense given WE SAW HER DEAD BODY AT THE START WHEN HER MUM IDENTIFIED HER. KEEP UP! Continue reading Audience Etiquette 101