Review: Straight Outta Compton

The beginning stretch of Straight Outta Compton culminates in Eazy-E (Jason Mitchell), black rapper with N.W.A, striking a tentative deal with white manager Jerry Heller (Paul Giamatti). Heller sells his usefulness with frankness, pitching that he can get Eazy-E and N.W.A through doors that would otherwise remain closed to them. He can, in his words, legitimise … Continue reading Review: Straight Outta Compton

Review: Love & Mercy

There are three Brian Wilsons in Bill Pohland's sunlit biopic Love & Mercy. The young, ambitious and scattalogically creative Brian Wilson of the 60's as portrayed by Paul Dano; the weary, troubled, illegitimately medicated Brian Wilson of the 1980's as portrayed by John Cusack; and the man himself, paper-clipped in concert to the end credits, performing the … Continue reading Review: Love & Mercy

Review: 12 Years A Slave

Steve McQueen, former Turner Prize-winning artist turned white-hot front-runner for British cinema, makes films about men in prisons. With his searing debut Hunger, detailing the last days of Bobby Sands in Maze Prison, this was approached literally. With his superb second film Shame, he turned inward, portraying a sex addict walled-up inside his own psychological labyrinth. For … Continue reading Review: 12 Years A Slave

Review: John Dies At The End

With a title like this, you'd be expecting something predictable, right? I mean, c'mon guys, don't spoil it for us. I sat down with this movie in a state of mild curiosity - it was a time-killer - and an hour or so later I was watching a man getting rescued from a burning trailer … Continue reading Review: John Dies At The End

Review: The Ides Of March

***originally written 4 November 2011*** Poor George Clooney. Having been gift-wrapped A-list status in the mid-to-late nineties, The Most Charming Man In Hollywood has made concerted efforts not to waste the opportunity. Constantly favouring smaller, quirkier projects rather than the typical superstar vehicles, he has become a respected presence for his dogged pursuit of the … Continue reading Review: The Ides Of March