Review: The Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call – New Orleans

Director: Werner Herzog Stars: Nicolas Cage, Brad Dourif, Xzibit ***originally written 3 June 2010*** "You explore the notion that cop and criminal are really two aspects of the same person. See every cop movie ever made for other examples of this." So says Nicolas Cage whilst portraying Charlie Kaufman in Spike Jonze's exceptional film Adaptation …

Review: Ponyo

Director: Hayao Miyazaki ***originally written 18 February 2010*** Ponyo is the latest effort from the wonderful Japanese hand-drawn animation folk at Studio Ghibli and concerns a small red fish that obtains the magical powers to transform into a five year old girl, thus unwittingly triggering the apocalyptic descent of the moon. Obviously. This fish is …

Review: The Road

Director: John Hillcoat Stars: Kodi Smit-McPhee, Charlize Theron, Viggo Mortensen ***originally written 11 January 2010*** Film adaptations of literary fiction are a tricky thing to do right. How do you condense a novel, with all of it's subtle nuances, into two hours of mass-consumable entertainment? Especially something like The Road, a book which already has …

Review: Avatar

Director: James Cameron Stars: Stephen Lang, Zoe Saldana, Sam Worthington ***originally written 17th December 2009*** I have to admit it; I'm not fun at all. As much as I love to chew on movies of all kinds, the one variety that is going to get my back up from the beginning is the blockbuster groomed …

Review: Antichrist

Director: Lars Von Trier Stars: Charlotte Gainsbourg, Willem Dafoe, The Chaos Reigns Fox ***originally written 14 August 2009*** Antichrist is the latest film from Lars Von Trier, a horror piece that has courted no small amount of controversy for it's explicit content. It'll make you wince more than once. The basic outline is that a …