Film

Re:View – ‘Birdman’

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You’ll hear much talk of this as we run up to Oscar season, with good reason. Alejandro Gonzalez Iñarritu, director of ’21 Grams’ and ‘Amores Perros’, has created something so unique in this comedy-drama that it feels he’s pushed the boundaries into a new kind of filmmaking. I ran through his credits on IMDbPro and an […]

Re:View – ‘Nightcrawler’

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Writer/director Dan Gilroy’s debut feature is a stylish LA night-noir that comes on like Scorsese and plays out like a cross between Michael Powell’s ‘Peeping Tom’, ‘Network’ and ‘Taxi Driver’. Films with disturbing lead characters are tricky to pull off – how do you make an audience care? Lou Bloom (Jake Gyllenhaal) is a bug-eyed, intense, delusional thief […]

Re:View – ‘Interstellar’

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NO SPOILERS – FIRST HOUR DISCUSSION ONLY! A friend I love but whose taste is suspect complained to me last week that ‘Interstellar’ was three hours of his life he’d never get back. I loved every minute, but during the comedown afterwards I was hit with the ‘Interplanetary Ming-Mongs’. ‘Interplanetary Ming-Mongs’ is a device named […]

Re:View – ‘The Wind Rises’

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Put two men in a room and they’ll eventually talk about drainage. We like discussing the nuts and bolts of invention, and to that extent ‘The Wind Rises’ could be called a boys’ film. But it is also achingly beautiful, surreal, fragile. I first fell in love with the work of Miyazaki Hayao, animation director […]

Re:View – ‘Painless’

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NO SPOILERS When everyone else is busy producing sequels and reboots, you can rely on Spain to create genuinely original new genre films. The latest to appear as a subtitled DVD is this, which could be described as a Catalan ‘Devil’s Backbone’ – although it’s not quite in the same league.But if it falls short […]

My Favourite Non-Disney Animated Movies

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As a child I loved Disney animations for their painterly vistas and tight storytelling structures, but there were films from other companies I’ve watched almost as much. I’ve left out the obvious choices – ‘Spirited Away’, ‘The Wind Rises’ and ‘Anastasia’ among them – and am still looking for a decent copy of ‘The Suicide […]

Re:View – ‘Guardians Of The Galaxy’

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I misread the title of this film before I saw it and thought it was ‘Guardian of the Galaxy’. I figured I was in for two hours of watching a superhero explaining about transgender rights in local government. Instead I found myself watching a talking raccoon with a ray-gun. For every successful comic Marvel produced, […]

Re:View – ‘Godzilla 3D’

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I finally caught up with this on the big (B-I-I-I-I-G) screen in a deserted Toho Cinema on a thunderously rainy night in Tokyo, the perfect place to watch the big guy kick off against the world. Or rather, not against the world buy against two more monsters; Godzilla’s WWF smackdown unfortunately turns the film into […]

Britain In Half-Light

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Last year I wrote this about films like ‘Fish Tank’ and ‘The Selfish Giant’, and the cliches of British neo-realism. ‘Usually there are long-held shots in silent fields at half-light. Here the Midlands landscape is harsh and as alien as Mars, but the families are always the same – broken, illiterate, incontinent with  children, angry […]

Re:View – ‘Calvary’

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It took me a while to get to John Michael McDonagh’s second film because it vanished from my local cinema after a week, but having enjoyed ‘The Guard’ (and his brother’s ‘In Bruges’) I eventually arrived at it on video, where I hope it will find a large audience. The reviews (particularly among those who […]