Looper (2012)

RATING: 3/5 DIRECTOR: Rian Johnson The year 2044. The year is also 2074. Time travel is available but is illegal. In Looper Joseph Gordon Levitt plays Joe, a contract killer and Bruce Willis plays the same character but older. A looper in young Joe (Levitt) works for a company that exists thirty years in the … Continue reading Looper (2012)

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Jerry Maguire (1996) “Help Me Help you. Help me Help You.” 

RATING: 3.5/5 DIRECTOR: Cameron Crowe Yes, Tom Cruise is in this film. Don't let his Cruise factor put you off this mid nineties film back when Cameron Crowe was considered a hot director/screenwriter hero and Renee Zellweger who? Jerry Maguire is a full movie running at 130 minutes and you wonder, did we really need … Continue reading Jerry Maguire (1996) “Help Me Help you. Help me Help You.” 

Adaptation (2002) A Fascinating Desire

RATING: 5/5 DIRECTOR: Spike Jonze Why can't there be a movie simply about flowers? Charlie Kaufman (Cage) tries to convince himself of that very thing as the go-to screenwriter to adapt Susan Orlean's ( Streep) book "The Orchard Thief." Trouble is, it's that sprawling New Yorker shit. He can't adapt it. Charlie Kaufman is the … Continue reading Adaptation (2002) A Fascinating Desire

Moneyball (2011) “Adapt Or Die”

RATING: 3.5/5 DIRECTOR: Bennett Miller The film is about confidence and the ability to take a risk to be confident. When the poster and trailer to a film says Based on a true story it means three things. It could have a happy ending A reliable drama The film wants you to focus on story and character … Continue reading Moneyball (2011) “Adapt Or Die”

The Two Minute Bio: Taika Waititi

Taika Waititi is a New Zealand film director, writer, comedian, actor, and painter. Taika Waititi was born in Wellington, New Zealand in August 1975. He was a member of the ensemble So You're a Man in college and was one half of the comedy duo The Humourbeasts. As an actor Waititi starred as Mostin in … Continue reading The Two Minute Bio: Taika Waititi

Lucy (2014)

RATING: 3/5 DIRECTOR: Luc Beeson Scarlett Johansson is now Hollywood's go to actress for the action/ thriller genre. She fits well into Marvel Comics "Avengers" world as The Black Widow and can still perform well in dramas. She'll be playing Zelda Fitzgerald in  2018's 'The Beautiful and the Damned' , a jazz age film set … Continue reading Lucy (2014)

What Are Codes & Conventions In Film Media Theory?

In order to understand film genre and how to read film, the following language needs to be learnt regarding codes and conventions. So what is it? Codes and conventions.  What are codes and conventions in media and film? Codes are systems of signs, which create meaning. Codes can be divided into two categories – technical … Continue reading What Are Codes & Conventions In Film Media Theory?

Blade Runner 2049 (2017)

RATING: 4/5 DIRECTOR: Denis Villeneuve I have to say when I first heard that a sequel was on the way for Ridley Scott's neo noir  Blade Runner, I felt slightly anxious thinking will Hollywood destroy a classic with an empty sequel? To answer that question, director Denis Villeneuve and his producers used the $150 million … Continue reading Blade Runner 2049 (2017)

The Machinist (2004) I Just Want To Sleep

Insomnia (noun) inability to obtain sufficient sleep, especially when chronic; difficulty in falling or staying asleep; sleeplessness Its fair to say that most people have had insomnia due to change of seasons, the odd complaint on their mind but they haven't met Trevor Reznik (Bale) who hasn't slept in one whole year. It's hard to recognise Christian Bale because that's him with his gaunt face and thin body. I … Continue reading The Machinist (2004) I Just Want To Sleep

The Fisher King (1991) A Glimpse Into PTSD And Depression

RATING: 3/5 Mental illness must be a hard state of mind to live with and here in Terry Gilliam's "The Fisher King" we see two characters deal with two forms of illness in contrasting ways. Bridges plays shockjock radio host Jack Lucas whose candid comments on-air to one caller leads to a restaurant shooting. Jack … Continue reading The Fisher King (1991) A Glimpse Into PTSD And Depression