Presented as part narrative film and part documentary (or mockumentary, depending on how you look at it), “Bernie” intersperses live-action focalised through Jack Black’s Bernie with retrospective interviews with the residents of Carthage.
I also applaud you for casting Tom Cruise as the sex god rock star Stacee Jaxx. A lot of people have suggested that he is the reason they won’t see the film, but he is bloody sensational and at one point I was almost attracted to him!
The film follows an impressive ensemble cast including Adam Scott, Jon Hamm, Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph, Megan Fox, Chris O’Dowd and Edward Burns as they go through the ups and downs of becoming parents and all the relationships that change along the way.
The latest Dr Seuss adaptation to hit our screens is The Lorax, directed by Chris Renaud (Despicable Me) and Kyle Balda (animator on A Bug’s Life, Toy Story 2 and Monsters, Inc.), and with a screenplay by Ken Daurio and Cinco Paul (Despicable Me, Horton Hears a Who!).
Tarsem Singh’s Mirror Mirror is a decadent feast for film lovers and young children. The mixture of bright colours; wacky situations, lovable characters and stunning costumes, designed by Eiko Ishioka, all combine for a unique, and definitely surprising, cinema experience. Leave your preconceived judgements at the door and let yourself be pleasantly amazed.
Three films we can highly recommend this year are Valérie Donzelli’s Declaration of War, Mia Hansen-Løve’s Goodbye, First Love and Gérald Hustache-Mathieu’s Nobody Else But You.
While Rob Sitch, Santo Cilauro and Tom Gleisner have given us “Champagne comedy” in the past like The Late Show, Frontline and The Castle — and to a lesser extent, Thank God You’re Here, their latest “comedy” is lighter on the laughs than many will be expecting.
To say Steve McQueen’s latest film Shame is confronting is an understatement, and not just because of the intense and frequent sexual content. McQueen has again teamed with Michael Fassbender three years after their critically acclaimed Hunger, to tell a story of addiction and struggle. Fassbender plays Brandon Sullivan; a slick New York City [...]
Based on a true story, this sappy romance follows married couple Paige (Rachel McAdams) and Leo (Channing Tatum). After a car accident Page loses the memory of the last five years of her life, including Leo. In her mind she’s still in law school and engaged to Jeremy (Scott Speedman); in reality she dropped out of law school, broke up with Jeremy and became an artist.
After dinner, Julia and Hugh go for a walk and Hugh demonstrates to Julia that he has no idea how to climb a fence. This is apparently an excellent seduction technique. Ronan Keating sings “You say it best when you say nothing at all” but I guess he must be behind a tree or something, because I never saw him.
There are horrors of war here but they’re largely glossed over (people die off camera and there’s loads of mud but not much blood) in favour of horse acting that actually serves to distance you from his’ plight.
Also Richard talks on a ridiculously large mobile phone, presumably telling everyone that he’s a “top guy”. Meanwhile, George just plays miniature billiards (which is probably some sort of masturbation metaphor).