Sunday, 20 April 2014

Tracks - Epic Desert trek with Mia Wasikowska

The harshness and rugged beauty of the Australian desert is brilliantly shot in the amazing 'Tracks' from John Curran, staring Mia Wasikowska and Adam Driver. The true story of Robyn Davidson's bestselling 1980 novel 'Tracks' and her journey walking from Alice Springs to the Indian Ocean accompanied by four camels and a pet dog is a powerful story of her determination to pursue her dream.

Wednesday, 16 April 2014

An Episode in The Life of An Iron Picker - Meditative reality from Bosnia

Winner at the Berlin Film Festival 2013 (Silver Bear: Grand Jury Prix and Best Actor Nazif Mujic), An Episode in The Life of an Iron Picker is a gentle and though provoking film based on the real life events of a Romanian family living in rural Bosnia-Herzegovina.

Sunday, 13 April 2014

The Last Days On Mars

Sci-fi films which concern themselves with the exploration of space (as opposed to merely being set in space) are far and few between, with Prometheus being the most recent incarnation. And yet, just like buses in London, after a long wait, three of them have just left the depot (or should it be the space station?). While we are waiting for the piece of resistance later in the year, Christopher Nolan's Interstellar, as an appetiser, two low-budget films have just been released, The Last Days On Mars and Europa Report.

Monday, 7 April 2014

Derek Jarman's Blue at the IMAX

I just love the way London has become so cinephile over the last decade, in a way that is a lot more vibrant, inventive and playful even than Paris, which might reign supreme as the city of cinema but is a little too reverential and serious for my liking. As yet another example, I attended the screening of Derek Jarman's Blue tonight, part of the pagan punk season at the BFI. And as a stroke of genius, the film was presented in the enormous screen of the IMAX, when you would have expected to see it in a much smaller screen, considering its perceived niche audience. Yet it was a crazy gamble that the programmers took which more than paid off, given than the screening was nearly full.

Wednesday, 26 March 2014

The Fold – a predictable redemption tale

Rebecca Ashton (Catherine McCormack) plays an Anglican priest who moves to a quiet town in Cornwall after the death by drowning of one of her teenage daughters. Here, she finds a 'replacement' daughter to help: Radka (Marina Stoimenova), a young Bulgarian girl who is dangerously self destructive, working as a flower picker and living in a ramshackle caravan. She needs help passing her English exam to be able to study for her arts degree, and Rebecca finds in her the redemption she needs so much.

Saturday, 22 March 2014

Captain America: The Winter Soldier Review

Captain America: The First Avenger unexpectedly turned out to be my favourite Marvel film at the time, a rank it has held on to until now. Despite being helmed by Joe Johnston (The Rocketeer, Jurassic Park 3) who can charitably be described at a hack, the film had a great vintage serial comic vibe to it, in keeping with its WW2 setting, as well as an unusual tinge of melancholy within its old school patriotism. And Chris Evans delivered a great performance, giving depth to a character who might have be seen as too earnest at first for the uninitiated like myself.

But now that he has been frozen and brought back to life in modern day America, and fought a battle with The Avengers, I did wonder if this sequel would keep those qualities. And I must admit, a rather generic and bland trailer had me worried. I should have trusted Marvel though, for the sequel is a very different film indeed (always a good thing in my book) yet just as successful, if not more!

Friday, 21 March 2014

Labor Day Review

Set in the early 1980s during the late Summer heat of a Labor Day weekend, Adele (Kate Winslet) and her pre-teen son Henry (Gattlin Griffith) return from a simple grocery store visit with escaped convict Frank (Josh Brolin) quietly but firmly taking them hostage. Over the course of the long weekend the significant events in their lives that brought them to become prisoners either physically or mentally are slowly revealed.