Tagged: Cinema

Review – Kick Ass 2

This is a worthy sequel to the original, which wisely focuses on character development rather than just upping the scales of spectacle… It was a given that [Chloe Grace Moretz] would feature more in the sequel. Her burgeoning sexuality, paired with grief for her late father, gives her depth and vulnerability unseen previously, and it’s played with aplomb by the talented star.

Review – Now You See Me

Now You See Me… is a procedural thriller with a heavy dose of spectacle, a bankable cast, a dash of mysticism, and a solid case of the smarts.

Review – Snitch

Casual moviegoers may line up at box offices to watch another action movie with The Rock, but this one’s pretty sparse with the explosions and heavy on the plotting and family drama.

Review – Blinder

Considering how obsessed Australia gets about it’s football code, there’s surprising few movies about it.

Review – Safe Haven

Nicholas Sparks’ hit, ‘The Notebook’ has ensured the rest of this novelists’ output earn movie adaptations. Especially since Sparks himself produces them. Following this series risks witnessing the gradual watering down of a well loved romantic hit, but Sparks’ background was in business prior to becoming published. Cha-Ching!

Review – Silver Linings Playbook

Everyone likes to hate on rom-coms. And with good reason too. Most films in this genre are suited for people with IQs lower than their age and aimed at ‘holiday’ markets where most movies get decent box office numbers simply because people are going to go see something (read: anything) at the movies. And then, every now and then, out of the blue, almost as if it was made by accident, you get a gem of a movie like Silver Linings Playbook.

Review – Life of Pi

Life of Pi is a an ambitious film. Based on a book by the same name, it was repeatedly described as unfilmable. So who decided to film it? Ang Lee of course. Your average movie buff will recall that Lee has made a career out of surprising viewers with his film choices.

Review – Samsara

Samsara is a visual documentary filmed over a period of almost five years, in twenty-five countries. What’s a visual documentary? Well, it’s a lot like a normal documentary, except without any dialogue. Zilch. No narration, no interviews and no Morgan Freeman.

The Day I Saw Your Heart (Et Soudain Tout Le Monde Me Manque)

Much like the other films we’ve seen at this year’s AF French Film Festival, this film has no qualms with it’s slow pace and uncertain message. For most of the film, you’re left wondering whether there is actually a point to the loose story or whether it’s just a collection of well scripted scenes that don’t necessarily lend to each other. Fortunately, the script does tie up everything towards the end (don’t worry, we won’t tell you what happens).

Nobody Else But You (Poupoupidou)

Blocked investigative crime writer, David Rousseau (Jean-Paul Rouve), visits small town Mouthe and finds inspiration in local star Candice Lecoeur’s (Sophie Quinton) apparent suicide. Rousseau suspects foul play and sets out on an investigation along with an unlikely ally in local gay cop Bruno Leloup (Guillaume Gouix).

Free Men (Les Hommes Libres)

EVERY once in a while you come across a movie that will actually challenge your knowledge about a common issue. In the case of Ismaël Ferroukhi’s Free Men, the subject matter is one that had been portrayed in countless screen renditions – the Holocaust. Most of us think that we know a lot about the tragic historic event, but did you know that there very many Muslims in North Africa who helped save hundreds of thousand of Jews from extermination by the Nazi’s?