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Film: Jackie

"There will be great presidents again, but there will never be another Camelot."

Natalie Portman stars as Jackie Kennedy in a biopic covering mostly the days and weeks after JFK’s assassination. I didn’t know what to expect at all going into Jackie, but it serves as a nice follow-on from Manchester by the Sea in the sense that it’s another film about grief. The similarities end there though. Where Manchester is one of the most down to earth, brutally realistic films made in...

Tuesday, Jan 24, 2017

Film: Manchester By The Sea

"I said a lot of terrible things to you. My heart was broken, and I know yours is broken, too."

Following the death of his brother, a man is forced to come back to his home town to take care of his nephew and face his tragic past. Simply shot, cleverly put together and wonderfully acted, this is the most warts and all look at grief I’ve ever seen on the big screen. Casey Affleck and Lucas Hedges make a wonderful duo, and Michelle Williams does some real heavy hitting...

Saturday, Jan 21, 2017

Film: London Has Fallen

"Go back to Fuckheadistan."

Hard to believe they made a sequel to Olympus Has Fallen but they did. This time it’s London that gets attacked by terrorists but to my surprise, the US president happens to be there too! This president has seen a whole load of action that’s for sure. Gerard Butler reprises his role as the bodyguard tasked with ‘getting the hell out of there’ and Aaron Eckhart is back as the...

Wednesday, Jan 18, 2017

Film: The Nice Guys

"You know who else was just following orders? Adolf Hitler."

In L.A., 1977, two PIs (Russell Crowe & Ryan Gosling) are assigned to find and protect a young girl. A mysterious conspiracy unravels before them. As a fan of Kiss Kiss Bang Bang I was excited to see what Shane Black had to offer again after taking a trip on the franchise wagon with Iron Man 3. Fortunately much of the dark, dry humour and wit of the previous film...

Monday, Jan 16, 2017

Film: 13th

"One in three young black males is expected to go to jail or prison during his lifetime."

Named after the 13th amendment to the US constitution, which states: Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction. Selma film-maker Ava DuVernay argues compellingly that the wording here introduced a loophole wherein a form of slavery can continue by simply charging people of...

Sunday, Jan 15, 2017

Film: La La Land

"People love what other people are passionate about."

Emma Stone stars as an aspiring actress trying to make a go of it in Hollywood, who meets a charming but struggling jazz musician (and fanatic), Ryan Gosling. We follow them for a year as we see them fall in love and try to make something of themselves. Occasionally they break out into song for no reason because it’s a musical. Don’t let the simple plot or the ‘M’ word...

Saturday, Jan 14, 2017

Film: Memoirs of a Geisha

"A story like mine should never be told."

A historical romance set in pre and postwar Japan. Memoirs of a Geisha is a beautifully made film, well deserving of its Oscars for Art Direction, Cinematography and (especially) Costume Design. It’s a shame that it’s wasted on a story so cliched and bland that it might bore you to tears. At two and a half hours the film simply feels like it’s never going to end. What starts out...

Sunday, Jan 08, 2017