Official Synopsis: Journalist Mikael Blomkvist is aided in his search for a woman who has been missing for forty years by Lisbeth Salander, a young computer hacker.
The Millenium Trilogy by Stieg Larsson, for all the popularity, is a set of novels I have thus far failed to read – primarily thanks to the fervent hype that appeared to surround them. The original Swedish feature movie and subsequent sequels had also escaped my […]
Review Added: March 24th, 2012
Tagline: Evil shall with evil be expelled
Having never read the book and knowing little about the film before seeing it, I wasn’t sure what to expect and was very aware of the hype surrounding the series – I also knew this was a remake of the original Swedish film. I found myself thinking [...]
Coriolanus (2012) | Review
Official Synopsis: A banished hero of Rome allies with a sworn enemy to take his revenge on the city.
Electing to contemporise one of Shakespeare’s arguably lesser known works for his directorial debut, Ralph Fiennes has also opted to take on the titular role for the second time in his career – last played over ten years ago during a London stage run. Set against […]
Review Added: January 31st, 2012
Tagline: Nature Teaches Beasts to Know Their Friends
And here it is… the long awaited directorial debut of the wonderful Mr. Ralph Nathaniel Fiennes. Let me begin by saying in no way did he disappoint. The film itself is based on the Shakespeare play and the language retains its Shakespearean roots, which if you [...]
Take Shelter (2011) | Review
Official Synopsis: Plagued by a series of apocalyptic visions, a young husband and father questions whether to shelter his family from a coming storm, or from himself.
Suffering from the ever increasing trend of being advertised as something entirely different, coupled with a disappointingly low key release (as now seems a given for anything other than a sequel or superhero movie), Take Shelter is an effective story showing the onset of mental illness, […]
Review Added: January 21st, 2012
Tagline: A storm may be coming
I wasn’t sure what to expect of this film really. As soon as I saw lead actor Michael Shannon I knew I would have trouble empathising with this character. He was clearly made to be a baddy and gave a good and creepy performance in Bug (2006). [...]
The Help (2011) | Review
Official Synopsis: An aspiring author during the civil rights movement of the 1960's decides to write a book detailing the African-American maid's point of view on the white families for which they work, and the hardships they go through on a daily basis.
Set in Jackson, Mississippi during the 1960s, The Help features Eugenia ‘Skeeter’ Phelan (Emma Stone) – a white tomboyish girl returning home from college. Finding that the family maid responsible for essentially raising her was fired during her absence, it appears that the time away has […]
Review Added: November 21st, 2011
Tagline: Change begins with a whisper
I was looking forward to this film having seen the trailer some weeks back. Having never read the book, I have to judge the film on it’s own merits. We actually missed the first few moments of the film, but it centres around life in Jackson [...]
Drive (2011) | Review
Official Synopsis: A Hollywood stunt performer who moonlights as a wheelman discovers that a contract has been put on him after a heist gone wrong.
Despite the title, this is not a racing movie, nor would it be fair to saddle it solely as a crime thriller. Coupled with the striking 80’s electric soundtrack – a mixture of retro pop and some Cliff Martinez produced synth – and some great visual […]
Review Added: October 16th, 2011
Tagline: There Are No Clean Getaways
Hmm, where to begin? Perhaps the opening sequence of the film where we meet our nameless protagonist, played by Ryan Gosling. He is on a job, get away driving for robbers and has set his five minute rule and explained that they have five minutes of [...]