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Tag Archive: movies

Review – Dallas Buyers Club

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

Review – Saving Mr Banks

A therapist’s couch is replaced with Disneyland in Saving Mr Banks. Author P. L. Travers (Emma Thompson) expels a few personal demons with the help of Walt Disney (Tom Hanks) and the production… Continue reading

Review – Inside Llewyn Davis

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 Best Films of 2013

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 Best Documentaries of 2013

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

Review – The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

Gigantic beards, grandiose mountains and an enormous psychopathic talking dragon. It’s so good to be back in Middle Earth with The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. The noble spirit of adventure continues and… Continue reading

Review – Anchorman 2

A studio executive sprints down the halls of a Paramount Pictures and bursts into the office of the studio head and proclaims, ‘have you seen the numbers of these Anchorman DVDs?!?’ Looking down… Continue reading

Review – American Hustle

“As far back as I can remember, I always wanted to be a gangster”. Wait, I didn’t mean to quote Goodfellas, I meant to quote a line from co-writer/director David O. Russell’s American… Continue reading

Review – 12 Years a Slave

12 Years a Slave is the feel terrible film of 2013, but for a very good reason. As a director, Steve McQueen doesn’t hold back from showing a grotesque period in American history.… Continue reading

Review – The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

On acting and directing duties, Ben Stiller goes on an uplifting journey through physical and fantastical worlds with The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, which also doubles as a cynic’s worst nightmare, beware,… Continue reading

Review – The Counselor

The great screenwriter William Goldman (Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, All the President’s Men, The Princess Bride) famously turned down adapting The Godfather because he didn’t want to glamorise the Mafia despite… Continue reading

Review – Short Term 12

Filmmaker John Hughes nailed the dysfunctional relationship between adults and children with the opening quote of The Breakfast Club from David Bowie’s Changes, “And these children that you spit on as they try… Continue reading

Review – Thor: The Dark World

In Thor it was explained that in that on the God of Thunder’s home world, Asgard, science and magic are one and the same thus nicely slotting the character into Marvel Studio’s roster… Continue reading

Review – Captain Phillips

A big cloud hangs over Captain Phillips. The plot is based on a true story about a group of Somali pirates who attacked a cargo ship in 2009 which resulted in a hostage… Continue reading

Review – Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa

Over 20 years of existence can buy a lot of pop culture real estate in the hearts and minds of fans. Alan Partridge has conquered the world of radio, television and publishing, but… Continue reading