This is what happens when a small intimate indie movie script is written for one of the biggest movie stars in the world. Robert Downey Jr is a fine actor, and does indeed demonstrates this in The Judge. He is co-incidentally one of the Executive Producers of the film; his company Team Downey is behind the production.However, you may be forgiven for thinking that The Judge is a high stakes legal thriller, but despite the weighty cast and elegant courtroom cinematography full of light streaming into a seemingly darkened room through inexplicable smoke, nothing could actually be further from the truth.
Portraits of disaffected youth are about as common in contemporary American cinema as detectives with complicated personal lives. This is to say, Gia Coppola has chosen a crowded field in which to set her debut feature. Palo Alto ends up being more original, and ultimately more successful, when it understands that portraying outsiders who are multifaceted is better than the tired caricatures of days gone by.
Part horror, part psychological drama, Marina de Van’s Dark Touch ticks off pretty much every horror cliché in the book in this story about, ultimately, the resulting psychological trauma of child abuse.
The thinking behind artistic biopics appears to come from a desire on the part of the audience to learn the personal story behind the work of famous historical figures. It’s also a way of giving maligned characters in those stories a fair shake, something which Emma Thompson has latched on to with her screenplay for Effie Gray. Unfortunately, weak acting and indiscernible directing stop the film elucidating anything new about this 19th-century scandal.
Sometimes a film comes along that feels like it was made just for you. Made immediately after Prince Avalanche and shot in the same part of rural Texas, David Gordon Green’s Joe is one of those films.
Marcel Carné’s 1939 masterpiece Le Jour se Léve (Daybreak) is the grand old age of 75, and to mark its birthday its uncut version is being released in cinemas this weekend and will arrive on DVD and Blu-ray on 27th October.
Anna Margarita Albelo’s extremely low budget film within a film, within a film, Who’s Afraid of Vagina Wolf?, features an all female cast and is based on the 1966 Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton starring Who’s Afraid of Virgina Wolf?
The Wind Rises is iconic Japanese artist Hayao Miyazaki’s last film – it is a joyous and thoughtful exploration of one man’s fascination and dedication to Japan’s early aviation industry, and is rich in beautiful history and imagination.
David Fincher’s Gone Girl is a triumph, and a rare example of where the film truly trumps its source material.
Written, directed by, andstarring John Turturro, with other cast members including Woody Allen and Vanessa Paradis, Fading Gigolo is a lightweight romantic comedy. It tells the tale of two friends (Turturro and Allen) who, strapped for cash, set up business as pimp and gigolo. Predictably, the gigolo then falls head over heels in love, to the detriment of his new line of work.
Goldfinger was the third in the James Bond sequence of films and is possible the most quintessentially Bond of all of the book adaptations. It’s also, arguably, the best.