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Short ‘n’ Sweet Reviews: The Salesman, Life & The LEGO Batman Movie

An Iranian drama, an alien sci-fi and a kids’ (or is it?) animation make up this round of Short ‘n’ Sweet. Continue reading Short ‘n’ Sweet Reviews: The Salesman, Life & The LEGO Batman Movie

Short ‘n’ Sweet Reviews: Nocturnal Animals, The Founder & Office Christmas Party

A few more November/December releases get their short ‘n’ sweetness treatment below. The first two are still in cinemas but probably not for much longer so get on it! I’m not sure about the last but it’s not worth seeing anyway and the time for Christmas movies has come and gone.  Continue reading Short ‘n’ Sweet Reviews: Nocturnal Animals, The Founder & Office Christmas Party

FILM REVIEW: Everest

Everest (Baltasar Kormakur, 2015)

Based on the 1996 Mount Everest disaster, during which eight climbers were killed attempting to reach the summit, Everest is possibly the most depressing film of the year, and is accompanied by a pervasive sense of dread. Rob Hall (Jason Clarke) is the head of Adventure Consultants, an expedition company that leads high-paying clients to the top of Everest. Among his clients are Doug Hansen (John Hawkes), who had failed to reach the summit one year prior; John Beck (Josh Brolin), a wealthy doctor who used his climbs as an escape from his depression; Yasuko Namba (Naoko Mori), a woman attempting to reach the last of the world’s seven summits; and journalist Jon Krakauer (Michael Kelly). Over the course of their journey they team up with another company, Mountain Madness, led by Scott Fischer (Jake Gyllenhaal). Meanwhile back at base, Helen Wilton (Emily Watson) checks in via radio, and Hall’s pregnant wife Jan (Keira Knightley) anxiously awaits his return back home. Continue reading FILM REVIEW: Everest

FILM REVIEW: Nightcrawler

Nightcrawler (Dan Gilroy, 2014)

We’re so used to seeing Jake Gyllenhaal play the good guy. The hardworking detective in Prisoners, the loveable stud in Love & Other Drugs, and of course Jack in Brokeback Mountain (excuse me while I cry myself to sleep). It’s a change then to see Gyllenhaal play his creepiest character yet, in a film where he reportedly only blinks four times. Continue reading FILM REVIEW: Nightcrawler