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In Bill Cunningham New York, first-time director Richard Press has captured and crafted a fascinating portrait of a fascinating man, one who works and lives in the world of today, yet in many ways seems to hark back to a by-gone era.

Darting around New York like on a Schwinn bicycle and sounding every bit like Katherine Hepburn’s long lost cousin, Cunningham is the camera-wielding journalist behind two influential fashion columns in [...]

By on November 21, 2011

Anna Faris has a truly enviable quality about her. It’s one that makes her nigh-on impossible to dislike whilst onscreen, one that manages to ooze an easy charm, no matter the level of mediocrity surrounding her. It’s the very same quality that makes her the quintessential air-head blonde, the quality that made her far and beyond the best thing about the Scary Movie franchise. I’d go as far as to declare Anna Faris as [...]

By on October 24, 2011

Oscar nominee Vera Farmiga (Up in the Air, Source Code) hasn’t aimed low with her debut directorial effort. Adapted from Carolyn S. Briggs’ memoir “This Dark World”, Higher Ground is a thoughtful, quiet film about Corinne, a woman struggling with her faith portrayed in later life by Farmiga herself. It’s ambitious territory to tread, especially when you consider Hollywood’s rocky track record at [...]

By on October 17, 2011

At what point does a cinematic courtship get out of hand? At what point does one begin to grow weary of the two people onscreen continuing to ignore the fact that they are Perfect For Each Other? Is at the one decade mark? Two decades? Or – let’s throw a spanner in the works – is it less a matter of duration than it is one of execution? I’ll hazard [...]

By on October 11, 2011

What does one say about the Red Hot Chili Peppers? Are they still a force to be reckoned with? Have they verged into the realms of caricature yet? Is it a sign of the times that this once die-hard fan has little or nothing new to say about the band that inspired those excited squeals of youth? Gone are the days when Chili Peppers posters adorned the bedroom walls of [...]

By on September 21, 2011

I haven’t actually read Jane Eyre. People often give me a hard time about that. I suppose that fact is to my detriment in more ways than those merely social now, seeing as I don’t have knowledge of the source material that has inspired so many filmic adaptations. I went into this latest version of Jane Eyre, directed by Cary Fukunaga, knowing only that I could probably expect a feisty [...]

By on September 15, 2011

“That was. The most amazingly horrible film I have. EVER. Seen.”

My friend was staring at me, his face bearing not only a huge grin, but also eyes full of wonder and shock. The credits were rolling, and I could hear spattered applause throughout the rest of the audience. What does one do after watching a film as gloriously bad, as terribly enjoyable and hilarious as Mega Piranha? Does one clap? [...]

By on May 6, 2011

In a time where trousers and ties are preferred skinny, and thick-rimmed glasses should be embraced (not mocked, please), and every self-respecting hipster proudly holds a Moleskine and a Penguin Classic in their bag, it seems almost puzzling that there isn’t already a slew of films centering around the so-called “Beat Generation”. Suit-wearing, bespectacled, disillusioned and intellectual, the Beats of 1950s America almost serve as a template to any Gen-Y [...]

By on March 31, 2011
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