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Film: The Man from U.N.C.L.E.

"Loving your work, Cowboy."

At the height of the Cold War, a CIA agent is forced to work with a KGB officer to stop crucial plans for building a nuclear weapon from leaking. Henry Cavill may be a boring Superman but as Napoleon Solo he really shows he can act. He lights up the screen from the first frame, immediately draws us in and makes being the coolest guy in the room seem effortless....

Sunday, Sep 25, 2016

Film: Kubo and the Two Strings

"If you must blink, do it now."

A boy in ancient Japan accidentally unleashes evil spirits and embarks on a quest to defeat them, and avenge the death of his mother. I’ll keep this short. Kubo has some of the warmest, most lovingly crafted art design and animation ever put to screen. The lighting, the motion and the colours are breathtakingly beautiful; the whole room looked on in awe as the film played out. The plot is...

Saturday, Sep 10, 2016

Take 2: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

"You're weird."

My other half wanted to compare and contrast the remake and the original film, so here we are. This film is definitely closer to the source material than the 1971 version in terms of plot and dialogue. In spite of this, it’s surely a stretch to think that Roald Dahl would have endorsed Burton’s work (having already rejected the 1971 film). The main issue lies with Wonka himself. Depp finds...

Sunday, Sep 04, 2016

Take 2: Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory

"We are the music makers, and we are the dreamers of dreams."

If the obits are anything to go by, Gene Wilder had a prolific career but he is first and foremost Willy Wonka. This is not without reason. There are few more memorable and enchanting performances than this one. He is warm, charismatic and intelligent while being slightly unhinged, possibly mad. Despite being based on a character in the Roald Dahl novel, it’s Wilder who really makes Wonka a name familiar...

Sunday, Sep 04, 2016

Film: Sausage Party

"OW! Right in my guac and balls!"

In a world where everything in a supermarket comes alive a-la Toy Story, a hot dog discovers the truth about his fate (he’s going to be cooked). He tries to get the message across to everyone but they are convinced they are being taken to the ‘great beyond’. You know when the idea behind a film is sometimes funnier than the film itself? Sausage Party stands as a prime example...

Saturday, Sep 03, 2016

Take 2: Young Frankenstein

"For safety's sake, don't humiliate him!"

Thought it’d be a good time to revisit this, following the sad news of Gene Wilder’s death. On the face of it, Young Frankenstein is a simple parody of big old studio horror films, but as soon as the film starts rolling it immediately becomes clear that it’s more homage than satire. The set design, the music and even the film stock used have all been carefully pored over by...

Thursday, Sep 01, 2016

Film: Nymphomaniac

"For me, love was just lust with jealousy added."

This is about Volume I & II combined, since I watched them one after the other. A man finds a woman passed out in the street, and takes her in. As she rests in his spare bed, she recounts tales from her life as a self-proclaimed nymphomaniac. I’ll brace myself for emails calling me a philistine, but my tolerance for pretentious bullshit has been tested here. Perhaps I’m taking it...

Monday, Aug 29, 2016