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Synecdoche, New York [ 2008 ] [ Hits:2890 ]
Review: Synecdoche, New York marks Charlie Kaufman’s directorial debut. The writer has made a name for himself with films like Being John Malkovich and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. However, this grandiose and ambitious piece falls somewhere between Being John Malkovich and Adaptation. Kaufman challenges his audience with his scripts, they take a film behind-the-scenes, between characters and tend to turn things inside out. Synecdoche, New York is no different in this respect. The film’s sp...

Revolutionary Road [ 2008 ] [ Hits:3234 ]
Review: Revolutionary Road is a film that trails in the wake of American Beauty. One could even see Revolutionary Road as a prequel to American Beauty. Sam Mendes follows in the same direction as his Oscar-winning Best Picture, but incorporates his leading lady and wife, Kate Winslet. Instead of delivering the undercurrents of contemporary American suburbia, he focuses on ’50s “Pleasantville” with a magnifying glass. The Wheelers are his ants in this story, and their lives are examined within the ...

Doubt [ 2008 ] [ Hits:3099 ]
Review: Doubt starts off like a bad joke… the priest, altar boys, nuns and Catholic school have become a regular resource for comedians. It’s even more surprising that Doubt draws laughter from its audience, despite the subject matter. However, Doubt isn’t a comedy like Sister Act or Nuns on the Run, it’s more in line with Deliver Us From Evil, Amy Berg’s unflinching documentary and confession of Oliver O’Grady. Doubt tackles issues that confront the Catholic Church, by playing into stereoty...

Slumdog Millionaire [ 2008 ] [ Hits:3452 ]
Review: Slumdog Millionaire is a Danny Boyle creation, based on the novel “Q&A” by Vikas Swarup, which was adapted for screen by Simon Beaufoy. The magic realism is toned down by the gritty, yet beautiful take on India and the narrative is a series of flashbacks in retrospect. An 18-year-old Indian boy from the slums finds himself on the game show “Who Wants to Be A Millionaire?”. His life story is told through his answers to each game show question, which delves into his past in a series of fla...

The Reader [ 2008 ] [ Hits:6351 ]
Review: The Reader is Kate Winslet’s film from start to finish. She’s supported by Ralph Fiennes, who is in a stalwart in any production, but it’s Winslet that shines. She is confronted with a role that is far removed from her usual humdrum of “Oscar-worthy” performances and this is what separates her portrayal of Hanna Schmitz from her film career. Winslet is totally committed to the part, making no reservations about being completely naked on screen… demonstrating a fearlessness and full i...

Marley & Me [ 2008 ] [ Hits:3304 ]
Review: Marley & Me is a film starring Owen Wilson and Jennifer Aniston as young married couple, John and Jennifer Grogan, on the verge of starting a family. The sweet pair are at the stage of life when a “trial child” seems like a good idea… and this is where Marley comes in. He’s an adorable Labrador pup, who’s trouble from the get-go. Marley eats dry wall, howls at night and is a pet from Hell. Now, if you’re expecting a soppy romantic comedy with a dog, you’ll be surprised. The Grogans...

4 Months, 3 Weeks, 2 Days [ 2007 ] [ Hits:8988 ]
Review: 4 Months, 3 Weeks & 2 Days is a harrowing drama from Romania that deals with illegal abortions and their consequences. Cristian Mungiu, writer-director of 4 Months, 3 Weeks & 2 Days, composes a film with a stark reality that shocks, awes and implodes. This isn’t to say that his movie is explicit, but it’s his use of the sublime… what’s going on off-camera. Any film that deals with the controversial issue of abortion is going to have an edge, and 4 Months, 3 Weeks & 2 Days divides opinion...

Tornado and the Kalahari Whisperer [ 2009 ] [ Hits:4270 ]
Review: Tornado and the Kalahari Horse Whisperer is a film by Regardt van der Bergh, who directed Hansie and Faith Like Potatoes. If you’ve seen either of these movies, you will soon realise that this movie also embodies a rich true story with spiritual themes relating to Christianity. Tornado is a beautiful blue blood white Arabian horse with a predisposition for self-mutilation, and the Kalahari Horse Whisperer is a wise man named “Burrie”, who comes across like a hybrid of Jack Palance from Cit...

The Truman Show [ 1998 ] [ Hits:3402 ]
Review: The Truman Show is an interesting take on just how much the media can infiltrate our lives. Truman Burbank (Jim Carrey) is at the centre of The Truman Show, and his life is on camera for all to see. The Truman Show also stars Ed Harris as Christof the “Director” of the show. Everything is fine, until insurance salesman, Truman Burbank, starts to realise his whole life has been orchestrated as a TV show. The realness of the human experience becomes the focus of this story. Is there no greater...

Notes on a Scandal [ 2006 ] [ Hits:3310 ]
Review: Notes on a Scandal is a gripping story that is elevated by the performances of its two lead female actresses. Dame Judi Dench, and Cate Blanchett were both nominated for Oscars as a result of their fine acting, and one can almost sympathise with Dench for being absent from the awards ceremony. Who would want to claim an Oscar for a role they may be embarrassed about? There probably is a better reason for her absenteeism, but someone playing the character of Barbara Covett would probably need a h...

The Good Shepherd [ 2006 ] [ Hits:2948 ]
Review: The Good Shepherd boasts an all-star cast with Matt Damon, Angelina Jolie, Robert De Niro, Alec Baldwin, Billy Crudup and William Hurt headlining. It’s the story of Edward Wilson, a man who witnessed his father’s death, joined the Skull and Bones Society, and earned a top spot at the OSS (Office of Strategic Services) for his loyalty and discretion. The OSS, a predecessor of the CIA, is fraught with corruption as the Cold War begins and Wilson can trust no one. He his forced to make the ulti...

Two Lovers [ 2008 ] [ Hits:3183 ]
Review: Two Lovers marks the third collaboration between writer-director James Gray and Joaquin Phoenix. The two first put their heads together on The Yards, which was followed by We Own The Night. Two Lovers is a complete reversal in terms of genre, with Gray opting for romance in the place of the crime/thriller genre. However, Two Lovers is no ordinary romance and how could it be with the talented Phoenix in the lead. The story follows Leonard Kraditor, a troubled young man, who is torn between an int...

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