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Short ‘n’ Sweet Reviews: Perfect Strangers, Toni Erdmann & Miss Sloane

Italy, Romania and Wall Street feature in this edition of Short ‘n’ Sweet with a few films outside of the mainstream. Continue reading Short ‘n’ Sweet Reviews: Perfect Strangers, Toni Erdmann & Miss Sloane

FILM REVIEW: The Huntsman: Winter’s War

The Huntsman: Winter’s War (Cedric Nicolas-Troyan, 2016)

Chris Hemsworth returns as The Huntsman in this prequel-sequel-in-one, a film that proves that sometimes there simply isn’t enough backstory to be fleshed out for a whole extra movie. The Huntsman: Winter’s War wraps itself around 2012’s Snow White and the Huntsman, with some added faces and one notable omission. Snow White isn’t seen this time around (only briefly from the back), most likely on account of Kristin Stewart’s indiscretion with previous director Rupert Sanders. This time it is visual effects specialist Cedric Nicolas-Troyan who takes the director’s chair. Continue reading FILM REVIEW: The Huntsman: Winter’s War

FILM REVIEW: A Most Violent Year

A Most Violent Year (J.C. Chandor, 2014)

Still a relative newbie on the scene, director and writer J.C. Chandor has quickly proved he can play up there with the big guns. His feature debut Margin Call, a fictional take on the early stages of the global financial crisis, earned him an Oscar nod for best original screenplay, which he followed up with the one-man-on-a-boat thriller, All is Lost. Both involved potentially dull storylines (surely there’s nothing more boring than finance?) but somehow he managed to grab his audience by the balls and secure their undivided attention. His latest feature, A Most Violent Year, is exquisitely directed, and the dialogue is golden, but this time a dull story didn’t quite cut it. Continue reading FILM REVIEW: A Most Violent Year

FILM REVIEW: Interstellar

Interstellar (Christopher Nolan, 2014)

What a dude
What a dude

I was pretty psyched for Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar, considering the brilliant films he’s made in the past: Memento, The Prestige, Inception, and The Dark Knight trilogy. All those movies that make you go “WOOOOOOOAH what a twist!” But while there was much to admire in Interstellar, you pretty much needed to be an astrophysicist or at least scientifically-minded to understand what the hell was going on. I probably understood about half of it, if that. Continue reading FILM REVIEW: Interstellar