Monthly Archives December 2014

Film Review: Birdman

birdmanDirected by Alejandro González Iñárritu

Starring Michael Keaton, Emma Stone & Edward Norton

It’s a brave move, you know. I don’t mean having almost the entire film take place in one shot (although that’s the brave move you’ll hear about), or having major Hollywood actors play nasty, self-critical versions of themselves (you might hear a little about that too). These are brave decisions as well, but not the ones I’m referring to- I mean having a subtitle. Subtitles haven’t been cool since Superman IV: The Quest for Peace. Subtitles are so uncool JJ Abrams broke all the rules of grammar to include one without stigma for Star Trek Into Darkness (and good luck working out how to say that without sounding like an ass). So Birdman; Or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance, is a brave title, which is thankfully backed up by a very brave film. (more…)

Film Review: Electricity

Screen Shot 2014-12-14 at 12.17.44Directed by Bryn Higgins

Starring Agyness Deyn, Lenora Crichlow & Christian Cooke

Electricity is the much talked about low-budget British drama film that impressed many at this year’s London Film Festival. One of the things that viewers found unique about the film was its dealing of a subject matter rarely portrayed in cinema, epilepsy. Marking his second film feature, director Bryn Higgins also casts many promising up-and-coming actors including model-turned actress Agyness Deyn in the lead role.

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DVD Review: Begin Again

Screen Shot 2014-12-14 at 12.04.02Directed by John Carney

Starring Mark Ruffalo, Keira Knightley &

In 2006 Irish writer/director John Carney made the breakout sleeper hit of the year in his indie musical Once which went on to win an Academy award and spawn  a hit Broadway musical spin-off.  In his latest film, Begin Again, Carney tries to make lightning strike twice and just about succeeds.

It tells the story of Gretta (Knightley), a rising Pop star’s girlfriend and a sometime songstress. A spiral of personal calamities finds her on stage at an open-mic night making her swansong performance before she flies back to England with her tail between her legs. This performance though catches the well-trained ear of Dan (Ruffalo), a self-destructive record producer on a downswing. He is bowled over by her song and raw talent and in one of the film’s few delightfully imaginative scenes, he mentally composes an arrangement around her bare vocals & acoustic guitar rendition, as scattered instruments come to life and begin playing themselves like broomsticks and buckets brought to life in the famous ‘Sorcerers’ Apprentice’ segment of Disney’s Fantasia.He tries to sign her on the spot, and the rest of the film centers on their efforts to produce an album as they also strive to pick up the pieces of their derailed careers and place them back on track.

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