Baraka [Re-Release]

1992 Directed by Ron Fricke – Written by Ron Fricke, Mark Magidson, Genevieve and Constatine Nicholas Documentary It has been 20 long years of huge leaps forward in both technology and innovation since this film was released. However, you’ll be hard pressed to find anything as cinematically beautiful or technically accomplished. When you photograph on … Continue reading

The Master

2012 Directed by Paul Thomas Anderson – Written by Paul Thomas Anderson Starring: Joaquin Phoenix, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Amy Adams Let me start by telling you that upon leaving the theatre after seeing this film, I was lost for words. So, how to find the words now. I shall start with cinematography. This film … Continue reading

Salò: Or The 120 Days Of Sodom

1975 Directed by Pier Paolo Pasolini – Written by Sergio Citti Starring: Paolo Bonacelli, Giorgio Cataldi, Aldo Valletti and Umberto Paolo Quintavalle Salò was made by a Pier Paolo Pasolini back in 1975. It’s a somewhat typical film for him, although he definitely went a few steps further for his last work. As example, Pigsty … Continue reading

Ill Manors

2012 Directed by Ben Drew – Written by Ben Drew Starring: Riz Ahmed, Ed Skrein, Natalie Press, Anouska Mond and Mem Ferda It’s always nice to see a British film, even if a lot tend to be like this one at the moment. This most recent instalment comes from writer / director Ben Drew, better … Continue reading

Thale

2012 Directed by Aleksander Nordaas – Written by Aleksander Nordaas Starring: Silje Reinámo, Erlend Nervold and Jon Sigve Skard I managed to grab a viewing of this film and had to let you know about it. This Norwegian offering is based around a mythical character from Nordic folklore, the Huldra. It’s said to have beautiful … Continue reading

Sam Mendes

Yes that’s right Bond is back to celebrate its 50th anniversary! A series, which began with Dr. No (1962) and has spanned 23 films with 6 Bonds. The 24th and 25th have both been confirmed and will both star Daniel Craig with rumours of Christopher Nolan to direct the 24thinstalment. Sam Mendes directs Skyfall (2012) … Continue reading

Ruby Sparks

2012 Directed by Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris – Written by Zoe Karzan Starring: Paul Dano, Zoe Karzan, Chris Messina and Annette Bening Here we have some of those rare creatures in the world of top level film, women, and how welcome they are as well. Zoe Kazan has made herself a quite successful actor … Continue reading

Pusher

2012 Directed by Luis Prieto – Written by Matthew Read Starring: Richard Coyle, Bronson Webb, Agyness Deyn and Mem Ferda Remakes aren’t normally something I do, or pay attention to, or bother with in any way really – but this time we have a Refn produced remake of a Refn directed film, have to take … Continue reading

Samsara

2011 Directed by Ron Fricke Documentary Samsara is a Tibetan word meaning ‘the ever turning wheel of life,’ or ‘continuous flow.’ It’s a word present in Buddhist circles mostly and sums up the cycle of birth, life, death and then rebirth. Now I may be a bit bias with this one, Buddhism interests me and … Continue reading

Total Recall

2012 Directed by Len Wiseman – Written by Kurt Wimmer and Mark Bomback Starring: Colin Farrell, Kate Beckinsale, Jessica Biel and Bryan Cranston I’m sure you’ve heard they’ve taken a childhood favourite and remade it, oh the dread – which reminds me, check out my review of another childhood favourite this month in Dredd (2012). … Continue reading