Horns (2013) Film Review

Daniel Radcliffe stars in Horns; a film about a young couple in love. Things aren’t quite that simple (or traditional) however and their idyllic small town American landscape hides something much closer to hate.

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People have secrets, people bite their tongues, and really that’s a blessing. There are things that we shouldn’t say to each other. If everyone told the truth the world wouldn’t be any happier. Ig Perrish (Daniel Radcliffe) finds that he has the unfortunate gift of compelling people to speak their minds and what they have to say isn’t always kind or considerate. Continue reading “Horns (2013) Film Review”

Tusk (2014) Film Review

 A young podcaster heads to Canada seeking a story. What he finds there is certainly not what he expected.

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Tusk is Kevin Smith’s new film and although it strays far from his other work it still retains his distinctive voice. It’s conversation heavy and it wears its influences for all to see. Tusk is a film with marked internet references and allusions to such notable performers as the Star Wars kid. Continue reading “Tusk (2014) Film Review”

Nightcrawler (2014) Film Review

Jake Gyllenhaal stars as a gaunt LA resident that stalks late night streets in a search for loot and easy pickings. He is smart, savvy, and above all solipsistic. He’s in it for himself and he’ll do whatever it takes to better his life – even at the expense of others.

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People are inherently strange. There’s no blueprint to follow, there’s no standard, and we all just live our lives and view reality from subjective perspectives. Lou Bloom (Gyllenhaal) is no exception, in fact he’s sociopathic, atomised from society, and his postmodern late night sleepless existence is both alienating and alluring. Continue reading “Nightcrawler (2014) Film Review”

Weekend Watching: Heathers

High school is all about who your friends are – they define you. Our heroine Veronica (Winona Ryder) falls in love with rebel J.D. (Christian Slater) and determines to teach a group of popular girls a lesson.

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Heathers is a film from 1989 that deals with high school life. It’s dark, macabre, and scathing of the dichotomy that exists in adolescent life. If you’re not cool then you’re clearly not someone important. This is the heart of the narrative and it’s what Veronica rebels against. Continue reading “Weekend Watching: Heathers”

Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai (1999) Film Review

Forest Whitaker stars as Ghost Dog; a mob hit man who lives by the credo of a Japanese samurai warrior. When he finds himself targeted for death by the very people he swore to protect, Ghost Dog discovers that it’s not always easy to live by your beliefs.

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“The Way of the Samurai is found in death.” – Yamamoto Tsunetomo, Hagakure: The Book of the Samurai

Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai is a film directed by Jim Jarmusch, a director not known for realism. Ghost Dog is no exception and it’s an unusual film about the values of a past (and alien) society uneasily existing in the present. Jarmusch as a director has a very distinctive style and this really comes to the fore in Ghost Dog. Continue reading “Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai (1999) Film Review”