Following a long and intensive street racing sequence that opens Need for Speed, I’d had my fix of burning rubber, actors intensely staring out from behind a steering wheel, and enough ‘bros’ to make a dictionary want to take an early retirement. The problem was that there was another two hours of automotive spectacle left and nothing but constantly revving engines.
The side-saddle sequel to Zack Snyder’s 300 (he co-writes Rise of an Empire) is macho motivation and nothing more.
Director Alexander Payne crafts a striking portrait of a dysfunctional family and a refined piece of Americana that contains a wonderfully dry sense of humour.
Here’s a little piece I wrote for Graffiti with Punctuation about True Detective a few weeks ago.
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Prepare for an onslaught of jokes about Labor Day. Gags about pies, a ridiculously long weekend, and Tobey Maguire in voiceover mode again (see: The Great Gatsby). It’s hard not to smirk a… Continue reading
So often the story of a revolution is confined to history books or fragmented across news coverage. The Square is an opportunity to see an upheaval in real-time. Director Jehane Noujaim pieces together… Continue reading
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In 1981 the United States Centre for Disease Control and Prevention published a document that reported the first case of AIDS on American soil. Medical professionals, scientists and suffers have been fighting the… Continue reading
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What the American public wants in the theatre is a tragedy with a happy ending. I wish I’d thought of that line but it belongs to the author and literary critic William Dean… Continue reading
The opening paragraph of a best films list is usually a time for critic to muse on how difficult it is to fit all their favourites into a list or the frivolity of… Continue reading
The format of documentary filmmaking was redefined in 2013 with exceptional directors challenging the way stories are told. There has been a really good mix of traditional ‘talking head’ docos, incredible tales of… Continue reading