Reviews

What We Do in The Shadows (2014)

Quirky and weirdly compelling, here is an indie comedy I found very funny! Once you embrace its ridiculous plot, you’ll be entertained right until the end. Four vampire housemates – Viago, Vladislav, Deacon and Petyr, live in Wellington, New Zealand, where they let a film crew document their everyday lives. Presented in the mockumentary style, What […]

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Reviews

Lars and the Real Girl (2007)

How do you make an on-screen romance between a man and a blow-up doll interesting? You do it with openness, faith, a touch of comedy and with Ryan Gosling playing the lead. There’s no easy way to explain the plot of Lars and the Real Girl, without sounding like a rambling idiot. I can’t imagine what […]

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Reviews

World’s Greatest Dad (2009)

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ll know that Robin Williams is a legend, having left behind a lasting impact. He could do anything, given the right material and platform. I always enjoyed watching his comedies as a kid and his life-affirming dramas as I grew older. While Williams has starred in many beloved […]

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Reviews

Bernie (2011)

  Pitch-black comedy To my mind, comedy is the toughest genre to make work, especially when you’re dealing with the darker side of the genre. Everyone has their own sense of humour and own level of tolerance, but I always find myself drawn to black comedies, like Bernie.  Richard Linklater’s film is based on a real-life […]

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Cult Classics, Reviews

American Beauty (1999)

 American Beauty, directed with such an ingenious vision and technical flair, is the ultimate midlife crisis movie. Spacey gives a great performance as forty-something Lester Burnham, an ad executive who’s sick of his job and his life. He is unhappily married to Carolyn (Benning), a neurotic real estate agent obsessed with keeping up appearances; their […]

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British Films, Recent Movies, Reviews

T2 Trainspotting (2017)

  In T2 Trainspotting, Renton (McGregor) and the gang are back wreaking havoc in Edinburgh once again, twenty years on from their 1996 drug-fuelled adventure. This sequel is everything I could have hoped for – it’s funny, entertaining, visually sharp and it’s a joy finding out what these characters, now middle-aged, have been up to. […]

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Recent Movies, Reviews

Sing Street (2016)

There’s little more that can be done with the let’s-make-a-band formula, but John Carney manages to create something really special with Sing Street. It’s a funny, lively, utterly brilliant coming-of-age story set in 1985 Dublin. It focuses on young Conor “Cosmo” Lawlor, who starts a rock band to impress a girl. This is a really entertaining film […]

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Recent Movies, Reviews

Hunt for the Wilderpeople (2016)

Pleasantly funny, unassuming and strangely compelling, are some of the ways I would describe Hunt for the Wilderpeople.  Waititi delivers a light comedy-drama, that doesn’t takes itself too seriously. Dennison portrays Ricky Baker, a rebellious young boy who gets sent to live with a couple on a remote farm in the New Zealand countryside. Chaos ensures […]

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British Films, Reviews

Filth (2013)

  It’s a filthy job getting to the top, especially for corrupt Edinburgh cop, Bruce Robertson (James McAvoy), who’s determined to secure a promotion to detective inspector. Drug-abusing and hard-drinking, he’s willing to do whatever means necessary to get what he wants. I’m always a sucker for any film starring James McAvoy. In comedy-drama Filth, adapted […]

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British Films, Reviews

Sightseers (2012): Killer Road Trip Movie 

Why are British directors so good at making gritty and brutally comical films? That’s what we get in Ben Wheatley’s Sightseers. It’s a horror-comedy about a couple, Chris (Steve Oram) and Tina (Alice Lowe), who go on a cross-country road trip, and unleash their homicidal rage on anyone who rubs them up the wrong way. […]

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Recent Movies, Reviews

The Lobster (2016): An Absurdist Love Story

The Lobster is exactly the type of film that would never get made in Hollywood. It’s disturbingly funny and totally off-beat. I’ve always been drawn to obscure films and I’m more than happy to sit through their head-scratching weirdness. And The Lobster is very strange from start to finish. It’s an absurdist comedy-drama set in an alternative future, or […]

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Reviews

50/50 (2011)

As a comedy about a guy with cancer, 50/50 treads a tricky line, but this thoughtful film manages to be both sensitive and very funny. Joseph Gordon-Levitt stars as Adam Learner, a young man who finds out he has a malignant tumour along his spine, and as the title indicates, he has a 50/50 chance of survival. […]

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Recent Movies, Reviews

Swiss Army Man (2016)

Swiss Army Man is one of the most insanely original films I have ever seen. I saw the trailer and I knew it was going to be weird, but it actually surpassed my expectations. Is it a buddy-comedy? Is it a fantasy or a philosophical statement about life? Let me tell you, it’s all these things […]

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Reviews

Dope (2015): An Energetic and Refreshing Urban Comedy

Dope is a really cool, slick and smart urban film, that captures the essence and style of Boyz N The Hood and Menace II Society, but at the same time completely challenges the hood drama stereotype. The film centres around high school senior, Malcolm (Shameik Moore) and his two best buddies, Jib (Tony Revolori) and Diggy (Kiersey Clemons), […]

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Reviews

Super (2010)

No film has tackled superheroes as bluntly and as practically, as James Gunn’s Super. It’s nowhere near as entertaining as Kick-Ass, but I admire Gunn for creating a film that is in some respects, a middle finger to the audience. There’s really no point to it, but perhaps that’s the point… This dark comedy follows Frank D’Arbo […]

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British Films, Reviews

Four Lions (2010)

Who would have thought a film about jihad terrorists would be funny? Four Lions is a fearlessly brilliant political satire. It follows the mishaps of a group of British extremist Muslim men, who aspire to be suicide bombers. The film presents the terrorists not as sinister enemies to be feared, but as clumsy and idiotic, completely […]

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Recent Movies, Reviews

Demolition (2016)

An investment banker, Davis Mitchell (Jake Gyllenhaal) loses his wife in tragic circumstances, an experience which leaves Davis unhinged and destructive. He’s unable to grieve and his in-laws, Phil (Chris Cooper) and Margot (Polly Draper), are appalled by his alarming behaviour. Jean-Marc Vallee’s Demolition is an unusual depiction of the response to grief and trauma, and the […]

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