Roger Deakins - Modern Hollwywood’s greatest cinematographer?
Clint Mansell - the most promising film composer to have made a name for himself in the last decade.
Band: Hammock Directed by: David Altobelli The ambient music from Hammock along with a beautifully shot video from David Altobelli is a cinematic experience in itself. Put it on to HD and click on full screen. Ben
Little children. A scene which captured my...
—> For those who haven’t seen Little Children, it’s a film directed by actor/director Todd Field, who also adapts the screenplay from the book with the same name, written by Tom Perotta. The story takes place in the suburbs of Boston, and tells the story of several different characters, whose lives are intertwined in one way or another. The film is refreshing and subtle, and in my...
Verdict: Alien-lite Gothic supernatural sci-fi/ horror set in space. Works on a basic level of entertainment but offers little in the way of tension or suspense. (2/5)
Skillfully assembled neo-noir murder mystery or just a gimmick about memory, time and identity?
As seen with Capote and Infamous and Hulk and The Incredible Hulk in previous years, film-makers aren’t afraid to tackle, and for want of a better word copy, exactly the same subject matter as another film made earlier on in the year. Such is the case with Kevin Macdonald’s The Eagle Of The Ninth which is released later this year in the wake of Centurion, Neil Marshall’s latest offering. The...
A piece on "Inception" I recently wrote for a...
In 2008, Christopher Nolan saved our summer and in 2010, he could very well do it again. Unless you have been living in a secluded Amish town, you will have probably seen “The Dark Knight” at some point over the last two years. And, unless you are a member of the American Academy of Film (who snobbishly overlooked the film at the 2009 Oscars), you will have loved it. “The Dark Knight” was...
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i ♥ huckabees
you don’t appreciate how good charlie kaufman/michel gondry/spike jonze are at delivering a philosophical/existential comedy with added quirk until you see some of the other attempts in existence. i ♥ huckabees is one of those films. having said that, the film is just about saved with the introduction of mark wahlberg, who proves once again that when he isn’t playing action man he...
Possibly the most disturbing film I have ever seen, Tetsuo: The Iron Man is the handiwork of director Shinya Tsukamoto, Japan’s answer to David Lynch.
Directed by Joseph Kosinski Starring: Jeff Bridges Garrett Hedlund Olivia Wilde Michael Sheen Bruce Boxleitner
After re-watching this classic, I’ve come to realise how disturbing it is for a kid’s film. Carey’s performance rightly shot him to movie stardom, and the film (even though it’s age of 16 years) still stands the test of time. The copious amount of detail used for Jim Carey’s Mask character still shocks and entertains us, from his eccentric yellow suit to his mighty white...
Karpo Godina and New Yugoslav Cinema
‘While young filmmakers in the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia in the late 1960s and very early ’70s handled their recording equipment (which was very difficult to come by) with delicate kid gloves, Karpo Godina took a more aggressive approach. Godina threw himself into impossible situations and positions and emerged with wonderfully framed and brilliant pictures. In 1968, Godina...
The central character, the titular Kick-Ass played by Aaron Johnson of Nowhere Boy fame, rhetorically asks us audience members ‘why has no one tried it before?’ in reference to his idea about becoming a superhero and helping his fellow man in the local community. The same question could also be asked of Kick-Ass as a whole, such is its blazing originality. Devoid of any powers, he attempts to...
the boy's a bit special
After scouring the seven seas for America’s next up-and-coming talent, here I present Lou Taylor Pucci of Thumbsucker fame. One for the future.