Category Film Reviews

‘BEING IN THE WORLD’ (2010): A FILM BY TAO RUSPOLI

March 23, 2015 Film ReviewsUpdates

What does it mean “to be”? How does one proceed to formulate an answer to such a question? What demands does it make on one's self, commitment, time, and relationship with the surrounding world and its inhabitants? How should one relate to the technologies that he or she uses on a daily basis? How does one preserve meaning in one's life within a disjointed and exponentially accelerating age?

For the philosopher Martin Heidegger (1889-1976), the history of Western thought is marked by a sustained and institutionalised forgetting of such enquiries into the meaning of Being. In one of his

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‘AMERICAN SNIPER’ (2014): A FILM BY CLINT EASTWOOD

February 27, 2015 Film Reviews

 

There is always a lucrative market for war movies; their enduring popularity appears to be as profitable as their subject matter. Recreating the battlefield on the silver screen seems to serve a myriad of functions: spectacular wish-fulfilment, stirring patriotism, expiating guilt, honouring the victorious and remembering the fallen.

In director Clint Eastwood's American Sniper (2014), one encounters, alongside the aforementioned, another and more disconcerting dimension of the genre: a disturbing portrait of dehumanisation and the devastating futility of war.

It is one of

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‘THE INTERVIEW’ (2014): A FILM BY SETH ROGEN & EVAN GOLDBERG

February 27, 2015 Film Reviews

 

If co-directors Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg can make a film as moronic, unfunny, historically inaccurate and culturally myopic as The Interview (2004), then perhaps there is a glimmer of hope for legions of budding film-makers out there with an iota of intelligence and a quality screenplay.

How the Beavis and Butthead of sophomoric cinema managed to convince James Franco ⎯ a competent and commendable actor, writer, director and academic ⎯ to appear in this odious exponent of twenty-first century Orientalism is beyond me.

The Interview is an over-hyped product of and

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‘ZACK AND MIRI MAKE A PORNO’ (2008): A FILM BY KEVIN SMITH

January 2, 2015 Film Reviews

 

Sometimes, two wayward souls can sow the seeds of love in the unlikeliest of places.

As the eponymous pair of struggling housemates discover in writer/director Kevin Smith's Zack and Miri Make a Porno (2008), economic hardship can instigate new ideas and facilitate the exploration of uncharted territories.

In an apocalyptic zeitgeist obsessed with money and sex, Zack (Seth Rogen) and Miri (Elizabeth Banks) endeavour to pay their dues and stay afloat by subscribing to the lowest common denominator: partaking in home-made, poorly crafted and excruciatingly awkward adult

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‘BOYHOOD’ (2014): A FILM BY RICHARD LINKLATER

September 9, 2014 Film ReviewsUpdates

 

Since its emergence in the late nineteenth century, cinema has continually evolved as a dynamic platform for examining and conveying the intricacies and possibilities of time.

As an automated, photo-chemical and, more recently, digital medium enlisted for the fixing and reproduction of scenery and movement, cinema has simultaneously engendered revolutionary ways of construing the passage of time, including visualising notions of immediacy, change, duration and multiple temporalities.

It is fitting, then, that the coming-of-age story has become a fertile, pervasive, and

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