Review: The Master

Director: Paul Thomas Anderson Stars: Joaquin Phoenix, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Amy Adams The Master, the sixth film from American director Paul Thomas Anderson, insinuates itself. It creeps in on you from the edges. It infers instead of making direct statements. It's impressionistic. Teasing. Curious. It feels unusual because it goes against the standard values of …

Review: Beasts Of The Southern Wild

Director: Benh Zeitlin Stars: Quvenzhané Wallis, Dwight Henry, Jonshel Alexander If you haven't heard a lot about Beasts Of The Southern Wild yet, then its possible you're going to in time. This charming, family-orientated semi-cataclysmic fantasy tale directed by Benh Zeitlin has all the hallmarks of an indie sleeper hit. Centred by a thoroughly endearing and naturalistic …

Review: Argo

Director: Ben Affleck Stars: Ben Affleck, Alan Arkin, John Goodman "Directed by Ben Affleck". At one time, before the California-born actor started his endeavours behind the camera, those words would have been treated with suspicion. Sure, together with Matt Damon, Affleck had cut his teeth putting pen to paper for the movies, but this was …

Review: Amour

Director: Michael Haneke Stars: Isabelle Huppert, Jean-Louis Trintignant, Emmanuelle Riva Michael Haneke's Palme d'Or winning film begins at the end. Police break into a middle-class apartment and discover the body of Anne, laid out peacefully on a bed, the net curtains gently moved by the wind from an open window. Thus, we know where we're …

Why I Love… #35: 13 Assassins

Year: 2010 Director: Takashi Miike Stars:  Kôji Yakusho (Shinzaemon Shimada), Gorô Inagaki (Lord Naritsugu), Tsuyoshi Ihara (Hirayama), Takayuki Yamada (Shinrouko), Yûsuke Iseya (Koyata Kiga) Genre: Action / Drama / Martial Arts Takashi Miike’s body of work as a director is intimidating. He is ruthlessly prolific, and as one might expect from such frequent output, consistency …