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FILM REVIEW: 45 Years

45 Years (Andrew Haigh, 2015)

45 Years is a looooooooong time to be married, and if you’re hoping for a happy story about an older couple to help boost your optimism about the longevity of relationships, you’d best look elsewhere. David Constantine’s short story, In Another Country, has been adapted for the screen by Andrew Haigh, and while 45 Years is a smidge depressing, it’s a thought-provoking gem that ruminates on the complexities of marriage. Continue reading FILM REVIEW: 45 Years

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FILM REVIEW: Trash

Trash (Stephen Daldry, 2014)

Raphael (Rickson Tevez), a Brazilian street teenager, spends his days sifting through mountains of trash in the hopes of finding something valuable. One day he finds a wallet containing money and other documents, and pockets the lot. Soon after, the police arrive, advertising a reward for anyone who can find the wallet. Though his friend Rato (Gabriel Weinstein) suggests they hand it in, Raphael suspects that there is more to the wallet than the authorities are letting on. So begins a daring and dangerous adventure that reveals the extent of corruption within government and law enforcement agencies. Continue reading FILM REVIEW: Trash

FILM REVIEW: X + Y

X+Y (Morgan Matthews, 2014)

In 2007, documentary filmmaker Morgan Matthews explored the world of autistic maths geniuses in his film, Beautiful Young Minds. Here he followed a select few British students as they trained and competed for a place in the final team at the International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO). With his latest film (and first non-documentary feature) X + Y he melds together various characters and themes from this earlier doco to create a thoroughly affecting fictional piece. Continue reading FILM REVIEW: X + Y

FILM REVIEW: The Imitation Game

The Imitation Game (Morten Tyldum, 2014)

The Imitation Game begins with Benedict Cumberbatch telling us to pay attention, listen carefully, because he will only say this once. Well if this is anything like Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy I’m screwed, but thanks for the warning, babe. Continue reading FILM REVIEW: The Imitation Game

FILM REVIEW: Mr Turner

Mr Turner (Mike Leigh, 2014)

We’ve got a grunter! You will either laugh or cringe at Timothy Spall’s portrayal of British painter, J.M.W. Turner. Though he’s our protagonist, he is a rather disgusting man on the outer. He grunts endlessly, occasionally even throwing in the odd snort while he bangs someone against a bookcase. At that point I threw up in my mouth a little. Continue reading FILM REVIEW: Mr Turner

FILM REVIEW: What We Did on Our Holiday

What We Did on Our Holiday (Andy Hamilton & Guy Jenkin, 2014)

Amazing Amy is BRITISH! I’d almost forgotten she existed before Gone Girl. But here’s Rosamund Pike reminding us that she too can play normal, boring characters. But she’s not the main player in What We Did on Our Holiday, where all adults play second fiddle to the kids. Written and directed by Andy Hamilton and Guy Jenkin who brought us the hilarious British television show Outnumbered, What We Did on Our Holiday follows a similar pattern, but with a sea change. Frustrated parents, hilarious children, laughs all round. Continue reading FILM REVIEW: What We Did on Our Holiday

FILM REVIEW: A Long Way Down

A Long Way Down (Pascal Chaumeil, 2014)

A reverse suicide pact may sound ripe for comedy gold to some, but no doubt a bit of a risk. Based on the novel by Nick Hornby, A Long Way Down starts with disgraced celebrity Martin Sharp (Pierce Brosnan) about to jump off the roof of the Toppers Building on New Year’s Eve. That is, until Maureen (Toni Collette) shows up with the same idea, followed by Jess (Imogen Poots) and then JJ (Aaron Paul). Continue reading FILM REVIEW: A Long Way Down