Lazy, badly made sequel with none of the original's inventiveness. The… MoreLazy, badly made sequel with none of the original's inventiveness. The storyline drags (and makes no sense) and the writing is dull. Only Chloe Grace Moretz brings anything interesting to the film.
Eeshk. The first thing to saw about Southpaw is not so much that it's… MoreEeshk. The first thing to saw about Southpaw is not so much that it's bad... it's just disappointing that it squanders so much talent and potential. For the fist two thirds, the film is consistently interesting and different, with writing the avoids the familiarity and cliches of the crowded boxing film. Sadly, instead of sticking to interesting paths the narrative takes an abrupt turn and becomes just another boxing film - only without stakes that make any sense and a resolution that is rushed and that leaves tantalising plot threads left dangling and unsatisfying. Nevertheless, throughout Jake Gyllenhaal gives both a physically and emotionally impressive performance, adding in nuances - a shifty look here, a mumbled line here, a facial tick there - that bring the film to life even when the writing lets him down. He is matched by Oona Laurence - a child actress giving a natural, affect-less performance.
A fantastic feature-length directorial debut from Joel Edgerton (who… MoreA fantastic feature-length directorial debut from Joel Edgerton (who gives the more interesting roles to a never better Jason Bateman and an excellent Rebecca Hall). This mystery thriller (which the trailer badly sold as a schlocky horror) surprises not so much by twists but by how good it continually is. It never becomes ridiculous - the film is self-aware enough but also intelligent enough to both play by and play with the tropes set by late 80's and early 90's films like Pacific Heights, Sleeping With The Enemy and Single White Female. Moving, funny, clever and very well written, The Gift is a genuinely refreshing and involving film.
One of those micro budgeted, small scale comedy dramas that has an… MoreOne of those micro budgeted, small scale comedy dramas that has an improvised feel where the characters feel vivid and brought to life by a very talented cast. Happy Christmas is not without incident - boyfriends, husbands, sex, alcohol, drugs - but what it's really about is the power of female friendships. It's also masterful in its unassuming, natural tone.
A slight lack of focus is the one real flaw in this deftly acted and… MoreA slight lack of focus is the one real flaw in this deftly acted and visually interesting true story (one I didn't know); Michelle Williams is fantastic as always
Idiosyncratic and not for everyone, The Voices deftly balances it's… MoreIdiosyncratic and not for everyone, The Voices deftly balances it's odd tone which us actually more drama/thriller than the goofball black comedy I was expecting. Ryan Reynolds is fine but the film belongs to Anna Kendrick who is MAGNIFICENT and nails every line perfectly.