She’s Funny That Way (Peter Bogdanovich, 2014)
Feel like seeing a Woody Allen film but don’t want to support the likes of Woody Allen? Well there’s a solution! Peter Bogdanovich’s She’s Funny That Way has all the hallmarks of an Allen film – a screwball comedy set in New York, it has a quirky score, some over the top accents, and Owen Wilson as the adulterous protagonist who we’re meant to root for because cheating’s no biggie, right? Bogdanovich’s first feature film since The Cat’s Meow (2001), She’s Funny That Way is a blast to the past; its old-fashioned nature is almost a novelty, because as the old folks say, “they just don’t make ‘em like they used to”. Continue reading FILM REVIEW: She’s Funny That Way
Madame Bovary (Sophie Barthes, 2015)
What is it that makes some unlikeable characters so goddamn fun to watch, while others make you wish they would just hurry up and die already? Unfortunately Emma Bovary (at least in this version) falls into the latter category. A bored housewife in the nineteenth century, she marries a doctor for his status, bemoans their country life, has a couple of affairs, and squanders all of their money (and more) on clothing and furniture. She’s basically Eva Longoria in Desperate Housewives but with way less sass and a lot more pretentiousness. Continue reading FILM REVIEW: Madame Bovary
Serena (Susanne Bier, 2014)
The combination of Hollywood darlings Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper seems like a sure-fire recipe for success. They lit up the big screen in previous collaborations Silver Linings Playbook and American Hustle, earning themselves multiple Oscar nominations and for Lawrence, even a win. However, warning bells start ringing when one discovers that Serena was filmed back in 2012, has struggled to find a distributor, and has now arrived with barely a whimper.
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