Category Film Reviews

LUCY (2014): A FILM BY LUC BESSON

August 1, 2014 Film ReviewsUpdates

The notion that Homo sapiens only use ten per cent of their brains has become commonplace; a truism whose sources include the psychological theories of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries and various branches of popular culture, including books, films and short stories. While the credibility of this concept has been questioned in recent times, its suggestive possibilities and tantalising implications continue to ignite and fuel the imagination.

Assuming that we only utilise a small portion of our brain power, what would happen if this limitation could be overcome? How would we

Read More

BLUE IS THE WARMEST COLOUR (2013): A FILM BY ABDELLATIF KECHICHE

March 13, 2014 Film Reviews

To fall in love is to navigate a nocturnal sea, on a wayward ramshackle raft, in the midst of a violent tempest, deprived of rudder, light or compass.

Love can involve submitting to, struggling against and surviving the turbulence and tension between desire and consummation, companionship and loneliness, heartfelt affection and lustful infatuation, unflinching loyalty and treacherous infidelity. The French philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre (1905-1980) famously argued that 'existence precedes essence', meaning that we do not have a fixed and defined human nature but, instead, are free to choose,

Read More

‘DALLAS BUYERS CLUB’ (2013): A FILM BY JEAN-MARC VALLÉE

March 11, 2014 Film ReviewsUpdates

 

Sometimes the gravest news can be the greatest blessing. It is when you are informed, beyond your anticipation or comprehension, that you only have thirty days to live, that you gain a different perspective on life and rediscover the urgency of living.

 

Responsibility, courage, empathy, determination, an openness to difference, an attunement to the future, a commitment to others and a call to action. They can be cultivated by the confrontation with mortality and the unlikely gift of accelerated death.

 

As electrician, rodeo cowboy and hustler Ron Woodroof (Matthew

Read More

TINY FURNITURE (2010): A FILM BY LENA DUNHAM

December 25, 2013 Film ReviewsUpdates


Completing a university degree is by no means an easy feat. But nothing can quite prepare you for what lies ahead, post graduation.


In Tiny Furniture, Lena Dunham (Girls) tackles the ordeal of readjusting to life beyond the confines of the university, including alleviating withdrawal symptoms from campus life, coping with the stark reality of unemployment, surviving the ensuing monotony of an intolerably tedious job and mitigating the awkwardness of negotiating existing ties while fostering and maintaining new

Read More

THE GHOST WRITER (2010): A FILM BY ROMAN POLANSKI

December 25, 2013 Film ReviewsUpdates

 

A ghost writer is a phantom scribe whose output bears the name and signature of an Other, who remains anonymous and invisible, whose labour is compensated but whose contribution is uncredited. So the story goes.


In The Ghost Writer (2010), director Roman Polanski explores the grave ramifications of this spectral occupation, including the fate that befalls an exponent who is commissioned to compose the memoirs of a high profile celebrity.


For the unnamed British protagonist,

Read More
1 2 3 4 5 6