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FILM REVIEW: Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs (Danny Boyle, 2015)

He might be a bit of a nob, but where would we be without Steve Jobs? Without the iPhone? Why, we might even have to talk to each other, heaven forbid. There’s no shortage of films about the man, with Joshua Michael Stern’s Jobs released only three years ago, starring Ashton Kutcher of all people (I mean, really? That’s the best you could do?) Thankfully Steve Jobs is a vast improvement, with Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire, Trainspotting) in the director’s seat, Aaron Sorkin (The West Wing, The Social Network) as screenwriter, and actor extraordinaire, Michael Fassbender in the title role. It’s certainly an improvement, but its focus may be frustratingly narrow for some. Continue reading FILM REVIEW: Steve Jobs

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FILM REVIEW: The Dressmaker

The Dressmaker (Jocelyn Moorhouse, 2015)

Arguably the biggest local film of the year, The Dressmaker is uniquely Australian, although its buzz is most likely in large part to its international star. Kate Winslet stars as Tilly Dunnage, a glamourous dressmaker who returns to her hometown of Dungatar to visit her ailing mother, Molly (Judy Davis). Here she is confronted by the small town mentality of the townsfolk who delight in petty gossip and false accusations following a childhood incident that resulted in Tilly’s departure several years earlier. Continue reading FILM REVIEW: The Dressmaker

FILM REVIEW: A Little Chaos

A Little Chaos (Alan Rickman, 2014)

Severus Snape is king! Or to be exact, King Louis XIV of France, in Alan Rickman’s latest feature, A Little Chaos. After making his directorial debut with The Winter Guest seventeen years ago, it’s been a long time between drinks due to a tiny little thing called Harry Potter taking up much of Rickman’s time. But now that Harry has grown up and Snape is all but a heart-wrenching memory in our Muggle hearts, Rickman gets his chance to dazzle once more in (as well as out of) the director’s seat. Continue reading FILM REVIEW: A Little Chaos

FILM REVIEW: Insurgent

Insurgent (Robert Schwentke, 2015)

With a new director and screenwriters at the helm, Insurgent is the second and latest instalment in the Divergent trilogy. It looks mostly the same as last year’s Divergent, except that Tris (Shailene Woodley) has that pixie haircut going (after The Fault in Our Stars massacred her long locks last year). She looks a hell of a lot older and about a foot taller, though considering she’s well past the growth-spurt age, I think it’s just the hair. Continue reading FILM REVIEW: Insurgent

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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