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FILM REVIEW: Wild Tales

Wild Tales (Damián Szifrón, 2014)

Wild Tales is the most seen Argentinian film of all time, and was nominated for best foreign language film at this year’s Oscars. Though this might work in its favour, many will be tempted to write it off as foreign, pretentious wankery that they won’t waste their time with because subtitles are too much effort, wah wah wah. Well I wouldn’t call myself a lover of foreign film (I see some, I like some of what I see) but I would implore all cinema lovers to see this film. Continue reading FILM REVIEW: Wild Tales

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Oscar 2015 Predictions

Oscars on Monday! (or Sunday for Americans). Same as last year – I’m giving you my predictions and wishes. Films I haven’t seen are marked with an asterisk (*). Who’s going to get the gold? Continue reading Oscar 2015 Predictions

FILM REVIEW: Selma

Selma (Ava DuVernay, 2014)

The world is a screwed up place with inequality every which way you look. But it’s worthwhile remembering how much worse it used to be, and that there is always hope for change. Ava DuVernay’s Selma documents Martin Luther King Jr.’s (David Oyelowo) fight for civil rights in 1965 Selma, Alabama, and the associated carnage care of a morally-depraved government and backwards law enforcement. Continue reading FILM REVIEW: Selma

FILM REVIEW: Still Alice

Still Alice (Richard Glatzer & Wash Westmoreland, 2014)

If you’re one of those people who doesn’t like to watch depressing films, I recommend that you RUN AS FAR AS YOU CAN away from Still Alice. But, if like me, you like to see films that yank at your heartstrings and possibly even leave you crying in the toilets afterwards, it is well worth a look. Continue reading FILM REVIEW: Still Alice

FILM REVIEW: The Theory of Everything

The Theory of Everything (James Marsh, 2014)

Well gosh darn jolly hockey sticks old chap! Here comes a brilliant British Oscar contender that isn’t falling over itself to be as pompous as possible. Many commentators have decried the influx of clichéd white male genius biopics at Oscar season which may not really deserve to be there. But they’re British! And they’re about white male geniuses! So of course they’re going to be there – have you learnt nothing about the demographic of Academy voters? But unlike the overrated The Imitation Game, The Theory of Everything is, well, EVERYTHING. This is the first biopic in yonks that is utterly compelling and heart-wrenching. And Eddie Redmayne deserves every award he gets. Continue reading FILM REVIEW: The Theory of Everything

FILM REVIEW: Foxcatcher

Foxcatcher (Bennett Miller, 2014)

Ignore the title – this has nothing to do with foxes. And don’t be turned off when you hear this is a film about wrestlers. Foxcatcher is a captivating film based on a true story about a disturbed philanthropist, made by a very talented director and featuring some phenomenal performances – all boxes ticked! Bring it! Continue reading FILM REVIEW: Foxcatcher

FILM REVIEW: American Sniper

American Sniper (Clint Eastwood, 2014)

I told my friend with a sigh that I’d heard this was really pro-America and pro-guns. She responded: “Well it is called American Sniper”. So I guess I walked into that one. As someone who identifies as anti-war and anti-guns, I went into this film tentatively. Obviously I wasn’t going to miss it because it’s nominated for best picture at the Oscars, stars B-Coop, and is directed by Clint Eastwood (he may be a Republican but he makes great movies). Though some have accused the film of a pro-war stance, it wasn’t the right-wing bullshit that I’d feared. Then again, maybe it was just that good I got totally sucked in without even realising it. Continue reading FILM REVIEW: American Sniper