Directed by Ken Loach and released in it’s home country of the United Kingdom in 2012.
Another terrific film from the master of the kitchen sink, Ken Loach. Like all of Loach’s films, Angels’ Share takes a look at the judicial system and how the mistreatment of criminals effects their lives. In the case of Robbie, our protagonist, the poor decision by the courts – coupled with his girlfriend and their newborn baby – has a profound effect on his life as he begins to put his juvenile past behind him… that is until his community service oficer instills a newfound interest in whiskey. These events lead up to a pivotal heist scene that plays out like something from the French new wave with a hint of British.
Loach’s direction has definitely adapted with the times but his adaptation of long-time collaborator Paul Laverty’s screenplay is as poignant as it always is when the two collaborate. Undeniably better than last year’s Route Irish – which was a very rare look into the Iraq war – and definitely worth the watch.
Directed by David Cronenberg and released in it’s home country of France/Canada in 2012.
As much as I appreciate David Cronenberg’s stylistic approach to this film aswell as an actually good performance from Robert Pattinson – I just couldn’t get into this.
Most of the actions of the main character are unwarranted and pointless, just like the majority of the dialogue. It’s also horrible to see Giamatti and Morton – two of the finest actors of the past fifteen years – have their talent wasted on pointless dialogue that goes nowhere. Yes it relates to the state of the economy, society and where it’s going with the state of technology but all in all it was very disappointing – it only gets good when it descends into madness in the riot scenes.
Directed by Spike Lee and released in it’s home country of America in 2012.
Red Hook Summer is a film that suffers way too much from trying to integrate technology and today’s information-age society into it’s themes. It could’ve worked just as well without all the iPad’s and references to Twitter or Facebook. That is really my only qualm with the film – that and I wasn’t a fan of some of the performances. In typical Spike Lee fashion there are many instances of breaking the fourth wall and they are all enjoyable to watch despite the fact that this usually lets a film down.
Despite my problem with many of the core performances, the thing that really drives the film is Clarke Peters’ incredible performance. Ever since seeing him in The Wire and The Corner I knew he had an amazing talent and he really could’ve retired after starring in both of those television shows but he hasn’t and he’s gone on to give an amazing performance and to lead this new film.
This is my least favourite of Spike’s films but it contains one of the best performances in his films – that of Clarke Peters. I eagerly await the next film he marvels in.
Directed by Matt Bettinelli-Olpin, David Bruckner, Tyler Gillett, Justin Martinez, Glenn McQuaid, Joe Swanberg, Chad Villella, Ti West & Adam Wingard, and released in it’s home country of America in 2012.
This review was written on August 10th 2012.
V/H/S is an omnibus horror film that blends Trash Humpers with The Blair Witch Project and Paranormal Activity. Now, on the surface, even I wouldn’t watch something described as that… but the trailer alone will suck you in and, as it did for me, left me eagerly anticipating this film. A lot of the events are unexplained, but that is what makes a horror film truely great… when the viewer is on the same playing field as the protagonists – we all have no idea what the fuck is going on.
Each short film has it’s scares, but Tuesday The 17th and the final segment 10/31/98 are easily the best of the lot. I’m still not sure which directors directed which segments but it doesn’t really make a difference because of how well it works as one entire piece rather than just individual segments themselves.
This is the direction horror films should be going in, not endless sequels and remakes of things we’ve already seen a thousand times.
Directed by Drew Goddard and released in its home country of America in 2012.
This review was written on August 15th 2012 and does contain spoilers.
Now this film was about 200 times crazier than I expected. It starts out innocently enough, with plenty of throwbacks to Evil Dead… but then it turns into something entirely of it’s own. Some of the CGI is a little disappointing later on in the film – I never really was a big fan of that kind of CGI, I much prefer seeing a model painted with precision, just to give it the more life-like feel. Despite that, the ways in which characters are dismantled by these creatures are at least enjoyable to watch.
The story is wildly inventive, no matter how far-fetch’d it may be. The dialogue is absolutely hilarious, rarely do you see a horror film that is intentionally funny and at the same time actually funny. Jenkins and Whitford’s performances bring a light hearted touch to the whole feature, ad Kranz’ turn as the idiot stoner – a character I’ve always been able to relate to and sympathize with for many reasons, this definitely made him my favourite character.
Overall it’s a very well thought out horror film, people are always screaming for something new and original and I guess we’ve finally got it with this.