Film Review: Interstellar

Posted on by 5WC in Film

It has been arguably, the most hotly anticipated film of 2014 and in a year that sees The Hobbit draw to a close, The Hunger Games start it’s final chapter and plenty of summer blockbuster fun with Transformers, X-Men and Planet of the Apes all expanding their already sizeable franchises that is no mean feat. It’s not hard to see why it’s gained such an impressive moniker, directed by Christopher Nolan, one of the biggest directors around, stars Matthew McConaughey and Anne Hathaway, both recent Academy Award winners and has a budget of over $150,000,000. Oh and it’s set in space!

Interstellar grabbed my the first time I saw the trailer. It just looked epic. It looked like one of those film that people will look back on and say “you had to see this on the big screen“. It struck me from that first, brief 2 minute encounter that this film was going to be a defining moment. And then I saw Nolan was directing and something sank slightly inside me. Now don’t get me wrong I like Nolan, I like his films, but I have always felt there is an arrogance to his film making. A sense to his style to the layers and folds he intertwines into any story that appears to almost say “I’m going to push this further than you can understand, simply because I can.” Inception being the prime example. Read more

Film Review: Bernie

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I always find it amazing how films just seem to vanish, how films manage to create an cloud of invisibility and how when you actually start looking at which films specific actors have been in, movies appear that you’ve never heard of or realised even existed. Nicolas Cage and Bringing Out The Dead is a prime example. As is Bernie.

You’d have thought that a film that is only 3 years old, stars: Jack Black, Matthew McConaughey and Shirley MacLaine and is directed by Richard Linklater would have made more of an impression on the world than it has. In fact, I only discovered it by pure chance, I just happened to be driving up a motorway the exact morning Chris Evans and the BBC 2 Radio 2 Breakfast Show were discussing it. And it was purely, Chris Evans’ enthusiasm and passion for it that made me decide to search it out and watch it. I didn’t bother with the trailer, I didn’t read an reviews. Solely on the basis of a radio DJ saying it was brilliant, I purchased the DVD. Read more