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FILM REVIEW: Midnight Special

Midnight Special (Jeff Nichols, 2016)

Though some may be familiar with the song ‘Midnight Special’ which references a train which shines its light through prison windows, for others it may sound more like a suspicious meal you’d get at an all-night American diner. One that sounds intriguing but ends up being a letdown. The same could be said of director/writer Jeff Nichols’ latest film. Following his earlier works, Take Shelter and Mud, he returns with an attempt at science fiction, and while it remains intriguing throughout, there is no pay-off. Continue reading FILM REVIEW: Midnight Special

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FILM REVIEW: The DUFF

The DUFF (Ari Sandel, 2015)

Based on Kody Keplinger’s young adult novel, The DUFF is the most recent addition to the teen comedy genre, which seems to have been neglected in recent years to make way for more dramatic teen fare about vampires (Twilight), dystopian futures (The Hunger GamesDivergent, and Maze Runner series), and dying teenagers (The Fault in Our Stars, If I Stay). Films such as Mean Girls, 10 Things I Hate About You, Clueless, and anything with Kirsten Dunst circa 1998-2002 still hold a special place in my heart and despite being past the age of the target audience for these films, I still relish the return of the teen comedy. The DUFF isn’t quite up there, but maybe that’s the nostalgia talking (and if you talk to a Gen-Xer nothing is likely to have beaten John Hughes’ earlier classics  such as The Breakfast Club and Ferris Bueller’s Day Off). The DUFF is likely to resonate with today’s youth, though whether it reaches the heights of any of the aforementioned comedies is debatable. Continue reading FILM REVIEW: The DUFF

FILM REVIEW: The Two Faces of January

The Two Faces of January (Hossein Amimi, 2014)

Viggo Mortensen, Oscar Isaac & Kirsten Dunst
Viggo Mortensen, Oscar Isaac & Kirsten Dunst

I have no idea what the title means but think The Talented Mr. Ripley and you’ll have a rough idea about what type of movie this is going to be. Based on a book by the same author (Patricia Highsmith), The Two Faces of January follows an American con artist, Rydal (Oscar Isaac) in Athens who gets caught up helping a couple on the run from the law. Continue reading FILM REVIEW: The Two Faces of January

FILM REVIEW: The Amazing Spider-Man 2

The Amazing Spider-Man 2: Rise of Electro (Marc Webb, 2014)

Nawww... young love. But now I gtg save some peeps.
Nawww… young love. But now I gotta go save some peeps.

Spiderman (and I WILL spell it that way because it just seems right) is my favourite superhero. When I expressed this on Facebook last week I was told by a friend of a friend that they felt sorry for my “deprived life and sheltered worldview” where I was “forced to grow up believing that Spiderman is the best superhero or that he even is a superhero”. Continue reading FILM REVIEW: The Amazing Spider-Man 2