Review: The Sisters Brothers

Director: Jacques Audiard Stars: John C Reilly, Joaquin Phoenix, Jake Gyllenhaal Charlie (Joaquin Phoenix) and Eli (John C Reilly) are hired hands. The year is 1851. These brothers - the Sisters brothers - are in the employ of The Commodore (Rutger Hauer), and do his bidding for tidy reward. At the beginning of the picture … Continue reading Review: The Sisters Brothers

Review: Tale Of Tales

Plot holes in films are irksome things, evidence of imperfection. Depending on your attachment to the surrounding material, they can often be forgiven, however. A weakness, sure, but usually not a fatal one, so long as the scale isn't tipped by their presence too harshly. I can usually overlook plot holes in favour of finding enjoyment … Continue reading Review: Tale Of Tales

Review: The Lobster

How important is having a partner? We live in a society that puts great value in the notion that we must all pair off for life. Any deviation from this is somewhat stigmatised. If you haven't found a partner by a certain age, there is a view that you've failed in some way, or are … Continue reading Review: The Lobster

Review: Wreck-It Ralph

I'll admit it, Wreck-It Ralph was my second choice of movie this evening. Work commitments kept me from a one-off screening of Pablo Larraín's No. Not to be deprived of entertainment of some kind, and with a blog to keep updated an' all, I decided to give Disney's latest a go, hoping that it would tap into … Continue reading Review: Wreck-It Ralph

Review: Carnage

***originally written 15 February 2012*** Ask a lot of directors what the hardest thing to shoot is, and they'll say that it's four people sitting around a table talking to each other. There are only so many ways to make it interesting. Only so many ways of maintaining visual interest before resorting to arch compositions … Continue reading Review: Carnage

Review: We Need To Talk About Kevin

***originally written 25 October 2011*** I need to talk about Kevin. Directed by Lynne Ramsay and based on a best-selling book by Lionel Shriver, We Need To Talk About Kevin is a striking and problematic film that treads a tightrope walk between the sinister and the outright unbelievable. It wins out just, just, on the … Continue reading Review: We Need To Talk About Kevin