‘SOMEWHERE’ (2010): A FILM BY SOFIA COPPOLA

December 22, 2012 Film Reviews

Johnny Marco leads the kind of life most of us can only dream of. He is young, handsome and has instant access to the finer things: an uptown apartment, a slick, roaring, jet-black Ferrari and a legion of attractive, obliging women to accompany him - wherever he goes.

The dashing star of the silver screen with a new blockbuster pending release,  Marco (played by the suave and insouciant Stephen Dorff) is also the doting father of precocious and prodigiously talented teenage daughter Cleo (the sassy and spritely Elle Fanning). And yet, despite all this, Marco is one of the loneliest

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‘AMERICAN REUNION’ (2012): A FILM BY JON HURWITZ AND HAYDEN SCHLOSSBERG

December 22, 2012 Essays on Film  12 comments

There are a handful of certainties in life. Bills. Taxes. Death. And high school. For some, the latter is by far the most petrifying. The American satirist Kurt Vonnegut Jr. once observed, 'True terror is to wake up one morning and discover that your high school class is running the country'. He has a point. If the seniors from my high school’s Class of 1995 were running the country today, I'd have moved to the South of France yesterday.

Even after it’s long over, high school is an inescapable institution: like the infamous Hotel California, you can check out but never leave. Perhaps that

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‘THE FIGHTER’ (2010): A FILM BY DAVID O. RUSSELL

December 22, 2012 Film Reviews

Director David O. Russell has a knack for making films about socially dysfunctional families. His cynical, sardonic but perversely hilarious directorial debut Spanking the Monkey (1994) seized on the loneliness, disillusionment, alienation and incest of suburban life in small town America.

In The Fighter (2010), Russell weaves three seemingly incongruous genres, the documentary, the sports drama and the biopic to scrutinise the lives, trials and tribulations of professional boxer "Irish" Mickey Ward (Mark Wahlberg) and his older brother Dicky Eklund (Christian Bale in his audacious, brazen

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‘CINEMA PARADISO’ (1989): A FILM BY GIUSEPPE TORNATORE

November 15, 2012 Film Reviews

Some gifts have the power of stirring our deepest, most dormant memories by simultaneously conjuring the ghostly legacies of others.

In writer/director Giuseppe Tornatore's Cinema Paradiso (1989), Salvatore 'Toto' de Vita, a prominent Rome-based filmmaker, returns to his Sicilian hometown of Giancaldo after receiving news of the death of Alfredo, the projectionist of its eponymous cinema and his former childhood mentor. Arriving after a thirty-year absence, Salvatore encounters a landscape that has changed as much by the vicissitudes of time and technology as by the facility (and

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‘THE DICTATOR’ (2012): A FILM BY LARRY CHARLES

November 15, 2012 Film Reviews

In 2001 he burst onto the big screen as a boorish, uncouth, faux-pas prone gangster rapper from Staines in Ali G Indahouse. In 2006 he toured America as the sexist, homophobic and anti-Semitic Kazakhstani journalist Borat Sagdiyev in Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan. 2009 marked his resurgence as a gay Austrian fashion reporter in the mockumentary Brüno.

This year, British comedian Sacha Baron Cohen returns to the screen as Admiral General Aladeen in co-writer/director Larry Charles's The Dictator, playing the iron-fisted despot of

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