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Bad Words (2013)

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Bad Words first caught my attention at the start of the year with the release of a hilariously offensive and vulgar red band trailer, and since then I have been waiting patiently for some kind of distribution and release to commence. The film, a comedy portraying a forty year old man who embarks on a journey to win an eighth grade national spelling bee, marks a leading role and debut directorial…

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Noah (2014)

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American filmmaker Darren Aronofsky was responsible for one of my favourite films of the year back in the 2010 when Black Swancame out of nowhere to completely blow me away. Four years on and Aronofsky’s next feature film is an ambitious take on one of the most widely recognised stories known to man, the tale of Noah and the great flood. Conscious of the fact that the legend is prevalent, in…

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Divergent (2014)

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Divergent Film PosterBased on the critically acclaimed young adult novels by writer Veronica Roth, Divergent is the first in a trilogy of sci-fi fantasy films hoping to create a similar following and legacy to that of The Hunger Gamesfranchise. Set in a dystopian, post-apocalyptic version of Chicago, society has been divided in to five factions depending on each individual’s personality type and virtues, Abnegation…

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Afternoon Delight (2013)

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delightFrom writer/director Jill Soloway, Afternoon Delightis a comedy drama starring Kathryn Hahn, Juno Temple and Josh Radnor about a married stay at home mother who becomes dissatisfied with her mundane life and, without much thought and in an attempt to regain some social purpose, takes on a young stripper as a nanny with aspirations of creating a better life for her. I knew absolutely nothing about…

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20 Feet From Stardom (2013)

20 Feet From Stardom (2013)

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Screen Shot 2014-03-23 at 14.08.2320 Feet From Stardom surprised a lot of people back in the beginning of March when it won the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature over the much revered and much touted The Act Of Killing. The film’s tagline is “meet the unsung heroes behind the greatest music of our time”, and the audience are taken on a historical journey accounting the fortunes of a handful of female backing vocalists…

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Mini Reviews #9

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box_philomenaPhilomena (2013)
Director: Stephen Frears
Starring: Judi Dench, Steve Coogan, Anna Maxwell Martin

A well crafted and brilliantly paced British drama about the real life search of an Irish pensioner to find the son she was forced to give away in the 1950s. Philomenais both touching and devastating in the all of the right places, never once feeling contrived or over sentimental. Though some…

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Nymphomaniac, Vols. I & II (2013)

Nymphomaniac, Vols. I & II (2013)

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Screen Shot 2014-03-18 at 22.22.56Nymphomaniac (or NYMPH( )MANIAC, as it has been styled) is a four hour long erotic drama from writer and director Lars Von Trier that retrospectively details the life of Joe (Charlotte Gainsbourg), a self professed sex addict. Presumably for the sake of cinema scheduling and the sanity of an audience, the film has followed in the foot steps of pictures like Quentin Tarantino’s Kill Bill and been…

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About Last Night (2014)

About Last Night (2014)

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The no mans land of post Oscar season film releases continues to roll along, and it appears that I can only watch films starring Kevin Hart this month. Following the utterly mediocre experience that was Ride Along, the pint sized actor comedian is back on my big screen in About Last Night, a remake of the 1986 film of the same name that was based on David Mamet’s 1974 play Sexual Perversity In…

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Top Ten: School Movies

For me, a ‘school movie’ is not a movie that has to be specifically about the academic lives of its characters, but rather a film whose central action is undertaken in the setting of the classrooms and hallways of educational institutions.

300: Rise Of An Empire (2014)

300: Rise Of An Empire (2014)

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Screen Shot 2014-03-11 at 11.22.05It was against my better judgement way back in 2006 that I thoroughly, and unexpectedly, enjoyed Zack Snyder’s 300, a gloriously ludicrous visual feast show casing both sides of the skin spectrum, with oiled, muscular bodies aplenty juxtaposing an ever increasing pile of ruined bodies and severed limbs. The film as a whole was unremarkable in every aspect except its powerful aesthetic, but the…

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Ride Along (2014)

It feels like a million years ago that I watched John Singleton’s 1991 crime drama classic…

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Ride Along (2014)

It feels like a million years ago that I watched John Singleton’s 1991 crime drama classic…

Non-Stop (2014)

Here we go again. Hard man Liam Neeson doing hard man shouty things. The difference? This time his shouting and punching is confined to the cabins of an aeroplane.

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Non-Stop (2014)

Here we go again. Hard man Liam Neeson doing hard man shouty things. The difference? This time his shouting and punching is confined to the cabins of an aeroplane.

We Are What We Are (2013)

We Are What We Are (2013)

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It is looking like a slow week for cinema after the excitement and glamour of the Oscars on Sunday evening. Awards season is over and we are now entering in to that murky territory between the statuettes and the summer blockbusters. It is a time when a real mix of films are released, and one such picture that took my fancy today was We Are What We Are, a remake of the 2010 Mexican horror film So…

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Top Ten: Oscar Speeches

The biggest night of the film calendar is almost upon us, and rather than burden you all with yet another predictions post, I thought I would honour the Academy Awards by listing my ten favourite acceptance speeches.

The Book Thief (2013)

I hate to heap unfair expectation on a film in the lead up to eventually seeing it, but in the case of…

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The Book Thief (2013)

I hate to heap unfair expectation on a film in the lead up to eventually seeing it, but in the case of…