Film Review: Cosmopolis

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It wasn’t until after I’d seen Cosmopolis that I read some reviews of it that and started to understood what the heck the movie was about and where it was trying to take you. So as a result, I’ve split my review in two. “Pre” and “Post” review.

Pre:

This is a very, very strange, movie. I spent the whole thing trying to pre-guess the twist. This whole movie feels like there is a twist. It drags you along teasing you, prodding you, like the incessant child who just won’t stop. The twist is coming, you know it’s coming, it’ll be a long in a minute. And then it arrives, or in fact, it doesn’t. But maybe that’s the twist.

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Film Review: Anna Karenina

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Taking on Tolstoy can be problematic at the best of times. He’s not an author know for his simplistic ideas, or basic creations and themes. He likes to take a principle and delve deep into its inner most psyche, ensuring no stone unturned and that no reader, unless they are a university don with suede elbow patches, really has an idea of what he’s banging on about.

Well, that’s my take on the man, I don’t wear elbow patches, and, one of my biggest regrets in life is that I read to a level a long, long way below Tolstoy.

So, my forays into his world come through adaptations. Whether it is on the screen or the stage. And Anna Karenina is just another brief encounter into a world I will never really inhabit. It’s probably not surprising then that for me, I just didn’t get this film.

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Film Review: On Her Majesty’s Secret Service

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I mentioned to my father that I’d just watched the 6th installment in the Bond franchise and before I’d even taken breath to start explaining my thoughts on it he simply went “ah yes, the bond movie they made purely to fill a gap”.

I couldn’t have summed it up better myself. On Her Majesty’s Secret Service is just static. It’s just background noise. I honestly think it’s the cinematic equivalent of putting on an easy listening album before sitting down to read a book. It’s serves absolutely no purpose or amplification to the words on the page.

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Film Review: The Railway Man

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There are times in life when things just don’t go as planned. I had been looking forward to The Railway Man from the moment I first saw the trailer. I hadn’t read the book, I didn’t know who Eric Lomax was but, from the trailer alone, this looked, however harrowing to be a story I wanted to be told.

Unfortunately, when you preconceive an idea of what you expect something to be like quite often, the end result fails to hit that standard. And The Railway Man is just another example of this. The Trailer portrays a harrowing and intense story, brought to film with a stellar cast that should leave you feeling moved, shocked and reflective. Read more

Film Review: Burke & Hare

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Sometimes a movie comes along that just hits every stereotype you can think of when describing a “genre” of film. Burke & Hare is one of those films. Imagine if you will: it’s the weekend, it’s mid December, it’s dark and absolutely chucking it down outside, you’re bored as hell. Picturing it?

Right, it’s this exact situation where you think you’ve only got two options for what to do to pass the time. Sleep or watch a film. Now, everyone likes an afternoon nap, don’t get me wrong, but from time to time, you just need to chuck on a DVD. And that was the exact situation I was in. So on went Burke & Hare.

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Film Review: You Only Live Twice

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Written by Roald Dahl and essentially the second film in the “Blofeld” trilogy of James Bond films “You Only Live twice” gives you something which up to this point hadn’t really been seen in a Bond movie. An almost serious story!

Whether it’s the Roald Dahl effect, or the fact that it’s only very loosely based on Ian Flemming’s book, the plot and story actually feel, for once, plausible. Yes spaceships swallowing each other and taking off and landing without trace may be the only part that stretches your imagination; but honestly that’s not a bad thing. Placing 007 into a grown up plot, as has been shown more recently, actually produces better end results. At least in my view anyway.

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Film Review: Raging Bull

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It’s a strange film Raging Bull; it’s one of those films that everybody rolls out when discussing movies that you must watch. Films that if you haven’t seen you are almost banished from the pantheon of film and movie. And I’m not even going to start on where the majority of boxing movie fans place this film.

My problem though, is that for me, Raging Bull just really isn’t that good.

It’s one of those films where you feel totally disconnected from. It feels like complete vanity film making and with LaMotta’s involvement mean the movie has a sense of watching more of a fly on the wall style documentary than a premium feature film. Which is such a shame. Read more

Film Review: American Hustle

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American Hustle is on those movies that very nearly passed me by. When I first saw the trailers for it at the end of 2013, I will admit I wasn’t instantly taken by it. Yes, the cast was good but the plot looked a bit cheesy and unbelievable and the whole 1970s era is a time before me and so not something I instantly connect with.

Then I started to read information about it, and hear reviews and a film, which I thought would be a passing fad through the multiplex’s started to make some nose. People started to talk about it in terms of awards, and “film of the year”. And listening to an interview with David O. Russell and realising that this is a movie from the same man who brought the world Silver Linings Playbook, The Fighter and even Three Kings, thoughts of not letting this slip through the night started to get louder. And to channel a bit of Lady Edith Greensly – one is glad one didn’t. Read more

Film Review: Tron: Legacy

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There are some movies that you just have to question exactly why they bothered? What exactly did they plan to achieve when they set out and why invest all that time and money into production when the end product is so poor?

Tron: Legacy is exactly one of those films. It seems to serve no real purpose. The script is shockingly weak. It just plods along, hands firmly in its pockets forcing it’s cast to recite dialogue that never reaches beyond a level of English you’d expect from a primary school child. Read more

Film Review: Bringing Out The Dead

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Ask people to list the movies directed by Martin Scorsese and I doubt that anyone but the hardest of Scorsese fans will be able to name Bringing Out The Dead, or even tell you anything about it if you asked them.

A seriously dark and twisted tale of a New York ambulance paramedic, overworked and haunted by visions of his failures, who is fighting to keep a tenuous grip on his clarity, it is a film on paper that should be bigger and better known that is it. Read more