The Grand Budapest Hotel is the closest we’ll ever get to looking inside director Wes Anderson’s head. Ticking along like a swiss watch, the whole film plays out as one long set piece.
Her is a wonderful film. Charming and intelligent in equal measure with more laugh out loud moments than most mainstream comedies.
As adaptations go, The Book Thief is something of a mixed bag. Feeling lopsided, with wonderful pro’s but damning cons. This is not to say that it’s a bad movie, rather, an undeveloped movie.
Nymphomaniac might just be the best and worst of Lars Von Trier with a very clear divide between the two. As with all of Von Trier’s work there has been much controversy surrounding Nymphomaniac and rightly so. Arguments about censorship have raged much, no doubt, to Von Trier’s joy. There will be plot spoilers in this review. You have been warned.
Well February has been kicked off nicely by Dallas Buyers Club, the latest offering by wooden actor come good Matthew McConaughey. Well paced and slickly delivered, leaving you with a bad taste in your mouth when it comes to the FDA. The only thing that bothers me is that maybe Dallas Buyers Club is too slick for it’s own good.
August: Osage county is the adaptation of the play of the same name by Tracy Letts. Charting the highs and lows of a Midwest family, it boasts an all-star cast but can’t quite shake the feel that it would have been better had it stayed on the stage.
The Coen brothers are back with another tale that asks us how far we’d go to protect something we loved. Inside Llewyn Davis is so classically Coen that at some points it may seem a little self indulgent, with it’s meandering narrative and soft focus shooting throughout being direct pointers to whom exactly is behind the camera.
The Wolf of Wall Street is a hell of a ride. In much the same way that Gravity was a ride, Wolf will have you stopping to catch your breath. Gloriously obscene and hilarious in equal measure, Scorsese pulls no punches.
12 years a slave is a very good film. Not a great film, not an epic but a very good film none the less. This of course is not to downplay the horror of the real life events.
Finally it’s landed on general UK release. We’ve all seen the trailers, Jennifer Lawrence crawling across the bed towards Christian Bale, Amy Adams in the beaded swimsuit and the hair (oh the hair).