One of the problems with adapting a famous literary work for film is that there is a lot of subtext and nuance to try and capture in a visual super-text medium. This problem is compounded when the director is known for his visual flair rather than his subtlety.
Baz Luhrmann's adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's classic novel The Great Gatsby is like a fast-spinning glitterball of excess on the cinema screen.
If a film ultimately about emptiness leaves you 142 lavish minutes later feeling thoroughly depleted, does that mean it's a brilliant film? Discuss.
This is the story of three film-makers who go out in search of the Bigfoot due to a recent alleged sighting. This is meant to take place in Siskiyou County, California. These three young individuals are similar to those characters in the Blair Witch Project (BWP) in that they are of low intelligence and act irrationally - perhaps I think this because I'm British.
The Great Gatsby is currently available in the UK in at least seven different editions, is about to appear in its sixth film adaptation, has been adapted on innumerable occasions for radio and theatre, even succeeding without adaptation as an eight-hour theatre reading, and has also been performed as a ballet, an opera and an orchestral suite.
Unsettling, distinctive, creepy and very funny with touches of Alan Bennett and Mike Leigh. Sightseers follows Chris (Steve Oram) and his naive girlfriend Tina (Alice Lowe) on a once-in-a-lifetime caravan holiday that unlocks erotic intimacy and introduces us to their strange and creepy world.
JJ Abrams keeps things bright and breezy, and other than a staggering over-use of lens flare directs with a sure hand. Pitched at the opposite end of the blockbuster spectrum to Christopher Nolan The Dark Knight Rises, Star Trek Into Darkness forgoes desolation, loneliness and struggle in favour of a light-hearted approach...
Everything I saw at last weekend's Sundance London Festival had that effect on me. There wasn't a single dud amongst the five feature films and the programme of 10 shorts that I watched during the festival. Still, The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete stands way out as the screening that generated the most emotion from me.
Sometimes a story comes along that any self-respecting studio exec would throw out for being ridiculous, far-fetched, too unlikely to be believed. Except when it happens to be true. 'Bernie' is such a story, a tale so thought-provoking, bizarre and completely entertaining that the combined star wattage of Jack Black, Matthew McConaughey and Shirley MacLaine cannot outshine it.
SEVEN PSYCOPATHS Director : Martin McDonagh Cast : Sam Rockwell, Colin Farrell, Christopher Walken Genre : Comedy/Crime Country of Origin :...
Due to the very open and unfiltered scenes of I'm so Excited, it might not get the box-office success of Volver or Broken Embraces. But I consider this film as a masterpiece. A film of many layers. A book of life. An act of solidarity. Highly recommended. Go, watch it and pick up some tips on how to enjoy life.
THE HUNT Director : Thomas Vinterberg Cast : Mads Mikkelsen, Thomas Bo Larsen, Annika Wedderkopp. Mads Mikkelsen Winner Best Actor Cannes 2012 ...
Fans of the original The Evil Dead will remember the comic touches that Sam Raimi laced his screenplay with. Gone is this particular element of charm, replaced by Alvarez with a cascade of blood and self-abuse. That's not to say that it isn't entertaining.
Oblivion is an insultingly cynical, derivative and lazy clot of a film with clear aspirations for mediocrity; a meritless exercise in propheteering with a genuine contempt for its audience.
I've never seen so many people get up and go to the bathroom during a screening, which should tell you just how uninvolving Oblivion is. This film raises more questions than it answers. I simply can't understand how studios can spend millions on CGI and yet they can't fork out for a script editor.
Based on a yet unpublished graphic novel of the same name, Joseph Kosinki's Oblivion is an homage-heavy science fiction film starring Tom Cruise, Morgan Freeman and Olga Kurylenko.