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 …

Why I Love… #1: Mulholland Drive

Year: 2001 Director: David Lynch Stars: Naomi Watts (Betty/Diane), Laura Elena Harring (Rita/Camilla), Justin Theroux (Adam Kesher) Genre: Mystery / Film-Noir David Lynch’s cinema has always been pre-occupied with dreams. From Eraserhead’s monochrome nightmare to INLAND EMPIRE’s freefall spiral of images, the enigmatic director’s work has been driven by a fascination with the subconscious and …