Gran Torino (2008) A Grizzled View On Race And Growth

Tightly scripted, a few stereotyped characters and a menacingly grizzly fraught Clint Eastwood character. Here the Gran Torino world exists.  Have we ever seen Eastwood smile on screen in his last few outings? He's pissed off at the world he lives in and in this character study film, we want to know why. Eastwood's Walt … Continue reading Gran Torino (2008) A Grizzled View On Race And Growth

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Magnolia (1999) A Powerful And Messy Orchestration Of Emotion

Sprawling, melodramatic, often pretentious and certainly overlong. Paul Thomas Anderson's Magnolia is the type of film that would have been a complete train wreck in the hands of a less talented filmmaker. However, guided by an auteur approaching his peak and featuring an outstanding ensemble cast, the film navigates these pitfalls and emerges as of … Continue reading Magnolia (1999) A Powerful And Messy Orchestration Of Emotion

The Devil Wears Prada (2006) “No, No. That Wasn’t A Question.”

RATING: 3/5 DIRECTOR: David Frankel A position at Runway fashion magazine is the  credit that you want on your CV and resume. Miranda Priestly (Streep) is the editor and needs a new personal assistant. A new journalist graduate in Andy Sachs (Hathaway) enters the scene as the naive newbie on the block. She's  the laughing … Continue reading The Devil Wears Prada (2006) “No, No. That Wasn’t A Question.”

The Notebook (2004) “A Timeless Love Story”

Tearjerker: a film that tugs on heart strings making its audience emotionally involved in major characters and plot points. A film that gives you goosebumps and that warm feeling in your soul. The Notebook definitely has those qualities in this Nick Cassavetes  directed film.  It is set in 1940s America and  stars Ryan Gosling as Noah … Continue reading The Notebook (2004) “A Timeless Love Story”

Predestination (2014) “The Paradox”

DIRECTORS:  The Sprierig brothers RATING: 3.5/5 There is always a sadness or regret with Sci-Fi time travel films and Predestination is no different.  In this film as an audience we are introduced to The Bartender (Hawke) who is a temporal agent stuck in a spin that can take him anywhere whether its 1960s, 1970s, 1980s.  … Continue reading Predestination (2014) “The Paradox”

High Fidelity (2000) “The Music-geek’s View On Love”

DIRECTOR: Stephen Frears RATING: 4/5 All of us know music geeks, in fact you may be one yourself. Music geeks and fanboys are the type of people that are a group to themselves. They've taken the artist or band so seriously that every song by the artist is like a biblical psalm that only they can … Continue reading High Fidelity (2000) “The Music-geek’s View On Love”

Into The Wild (2007) “Wisdom from a 20 year old Jesus?”

DIRECTOR: Sean Penn RATING: 4/5 It's a joy to re watch a film and have it providing you something new upon another viewing. Sean Penn's Into The Wild  provides you that satisfaction in this thoughtful film. This film follows the true story of Christopher McCandless (Hirsch),  a university graduate who decides to go on "The Great … Continue reading Into The Wild (2007) “Wisdom from a 20 year old Jesus?”

The Dark Crystal (1982) “Henson’s Dark Masterpiece”

DIRECTORS: Jim Henson and Frank Oz RATING: 4.5/5 The 1980’s were something of a Golden Age for fantasy films. Although constrained by the technological limitations of the day, the makers of these films swung for the fences. Nothing encapsulates this better than The Dark Crystal. The film takes place in a world thrown out of balance … Continue reading The Dark Crystal (1982) “Henson’s Dark Masterpiece”

The World’s Fastest Indian (2005) – How an Indian can help a Kiwi –

DIRECTOR:  Roger Donaldson RATING: 3/5 I watched this film and had high expectations. In 2005 the film came out and New Zealand the country where Burt Munro originates,  the media and critics hyped this film as a masterpiece of NZ ingenuity and kiwiana. The film begins in Invercargill, New Zealand where Burt Munro (Hopkins) is … Continue reading The World’s Fastest Indian (2005) – How an Indian can help a Kiwi –

The Island of Dr. Moreau (1996)

DIRECTOR:  John Frankenheimer GUEST BLOGGER:  Vaughan  Tales of chaotic productions and catastrophic flops remain irresistible to film buffs, arguably more so than famous successes, and few films have illustrated this better than “The Island Of Dr. Moreau”. More than twenty years after its release the film continues to be a fixture of “Worst films of … Continue reading The Island of Dr. Moreau (1996)