Luc Besson’s The Family is bizarrely humourless approach to gangster genre meta: Robert De Niro, once the king of the gritty, urban neo-noir, is cast in an over-inflated role as Giovanni - the head of an Italian-American mob family on the run in France.
Foxfire is the second adaptation of the 1993 Joyce Carol Oates’ novel, this time it comes from Palme d’Or winner Laurent Cantet (The Class) in his English language debut.
Oscar nominated documentary film maker Lucy Walker in her latest film The Crash Reel considers the world of professional snowboarding under the banner of X-Games or extreme professional sports such as extreme skiing and dirt biking. The film focuses on the story of Kevin Pearce, a snowboarding prodigy and a toe to toe competitive rival to two time Olympic gold medalist Shaun White. Pearce is the youngest of four brothers and enjoys the sort of supportive, idyllic loving family life that would be considered too unbelievably well rounded to be left undramatised in even the most saccharine of Romantic comedies.
Set in the world of recovering addicts and AA, Thanks for Sharing is an ensemble piece that considers the nature of addicts, their recovery and the consequences their addiction have on relationships.
Autumn has always been a great time for the release of a coming of age film, last year we had a real stand out with The Perks of Being a Wallflower and in 2009 one of my very favourites, Adventureland, had an Autumn release. This year we have already had one fantastic coming of age dramedy in The Way Way Back, and now we have another.
The Italian 2012 European Parliament Lux Prix winner, Shun Li & The Poet is now available to own on DVD. It’s a slow moving drama revolving around the clashing of different cultures and an unlikely friendship between a Chinese woman and a Slavic man in the town Chioggia, which is in the Venetian lagoon.
About a year ago, after having to review one too many bad straight to DVD horror films for another website, I started to think I didn’t really care for the genre. I had to revise this over the summer after seeing and enjoying both The Conjuring and You’re Next. It seems in reality I do like horror films but only if they are well made. I was excited about Black Rock because it’s written by Mark Duplass and directed by his wife and The League co-star, Kate Aselton.
Brad Anderson delivers a mostly tense and entertaining thriller that takes a sudden turn in the last third unexpectedly playing with horror genre tropes.
42 is based on a true story of American baseball legend Jackie Robinson. What made Robinson so significant was not just his natural game winning abilities as a baseball player, but that he was the first African American player to transcend the then called ‘colour line’ that segregated black players from playing in the baseball Major Leagues dominated by white players.
Director Ron Howard’s latest film Rush is set within the glitz and glamour of the 1970s and the high octane world of the upper echelons of expenditure opulence, Formula 1 racing.
"I got sloppy, lost my edge. Maybe I went and did the worst crime of all. I got civilised. So now, we reverse the clock… Gotta find that animal side again."
The parallels between awkward youth and awkward middle-age sit at centre stage in Nat Faxon and Jim Rash’s directorial debut The Way, Way Back.On one hand, you have Duncan (Liam James), a young, socially awkward teenage boy who spends more of his time in his own head than making friends, and on the other, you have his mother Pam (Toni Collette), a year into her relationship with grade-A douchebag Trent (Steve Carrell), who wants nothing more than to fit easily amongst her boyfriend’s social life. One thing mother and son do have in common is the perpetual feeling of looking in from the outside, with varying levels of success at participation.
A twisted black comedy based on the real life story of greed, kidnapping and murder in Miami in the 1990s. Michael Bay bases this film on the three part article by Pete Collins of the Miami Times which was turned into a screenplay by Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely who take liberties with certain facts and compound character traits assigning a few different men to one character, yet have managed to create a funny attack on the American dream, consumerism and religion. And even though Bay manages to angle in some of his most unpleasant flourishes the essence of this ugly tale remains intact.
Back in 2004 Shane Carruth’s time travel film Primer won the Sundance Grand Jury Prize which was a massive honour for a first time filmmaker on a shoestring budget of $7000. Since then the film world has been waiting with bated breath as to what he would do next. His latest film, Upstream Colour, defies definition and deserves multiple viewings. It can be viewed as an abstract metaphysical puzzle about trauma and the natural life cycle but has many layers and thanks to its unique architecture and impeccable sound design is an entirely mesmerising cinema going experience.
The Mormon Fatal Attraction, Missionary, opened day four delivering exactly the kind of crazy obsessive behaviour expected but also some beautiful images and particularly passionate and well-directed sex scenes. Anthony DiBlasi whips up sexual frenzy between a mother, Katherine, who is separated from her husband, and a charismatic Mormon missionary, Elder Kevin Brock, as they start a secret, steamy affair away from the watchful eyes of the church and Katherine’s son.