Rectify Season One Review: A Southern Gothic Tale

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The Wolf of Wall Street (2013) Film Review

Jordan Belfort (Leonardo DiCaprio) embarks on a hedonistic journey after he loses his Wall Street job. Initially penniless, Belfort starts his own business manipulating the financial market to fund his increasingly decadent lifestyle.

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The Wolf of Wall Street is a confident film from Martin Scorsese. It feels weighty and although the decadent lifestyle portrayed may seem distasteful to some, it depicts Belfort’s world with very little in the way of an apology. This isn’t the film that many were expecting and its three-hour runtime may be too long for some viewers. But the film does deserve time to revel in its decadent plot and its opulent settings. Continue reading “The Wolf of Wall Street (2013) Film Review”

RIP Searching For Sugar Man Director Malik Bedjelloul

 

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Malik Bedjelloul, the Academy Award-winning filmmaker of Searching for Sugar Man has died in Stockholm aged 36. He won the award in the Best Documentary category last year and the film detailed the search for the musician Sixto Diaz Rodriguez. This was the director’s first film and one that he also co-wrote, edited and produced. Unlike Scorcese’s No Direction Home, and D.A. Pennebaker’s Don’t Look Back, Searching for Sugar Man painted a portrait of a musician very much in the shadow of his contemporaries. Continue reading “RIP Searching For Sugar Man Director Malik Bedjelloul”

Waking Life (2001) Film Review

Wiley Wiggins drifts through an increasingly surreal waking dream. He encounters numerous characters that spout a variety of differing political and philosophical perspectives on life.

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Waking Life (2001) takes place within the roto-scoped visuals of the protagonist’s lucid dream. Amongst the increasingly surreal imagery, Wiley tries to find some sort of meaning from the people that he meets. From existentialism to a brief appearance by director Richard Linklater, Waking Life is a film that questions the nature of reality but poses no real answers – only musings. Continue reading “Waking Life (2001) Film Review”

Weekend Watching: Grandma’s Boy

35-year-old video game designer Alex is kicked out of his apartment when his roommate neglects to pay the rent. Homeless and with few options, Alex moves in with his grandma and her two elderly friends.

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Grandma’s Boy (2006) is a comedy produced by Adam Sandler’s production company Happy Madison that wouldn’t look out of place in the nineties. It contains his particular brand of humour and although the film isn’t particularly original or interesting there’s a comic edge that makes it worth watching. This is a stoner film on par with Harold and Kumar and although it shouldn’t, Grandma’s Boy elicits more than a few laughs. This comedy is mindless to say the least but as a stoner flick it kind of works. Continue reading “Weekend Watching: Grandma’s Boy”

Top US Drama Series

Hollywood has often been seen as the benchmark for film and there’s been a huge emphasis on the US film industry. In fact its influence on pop culture can often be seen as disproportionate but there’s also good reason for its success. A lot of money is spent devising and promoting film content in the United States. This trend has moved over into the television sector in the last decade or so.

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Now, there are show runners and TV auteurs. They’re driven people who push their content and its narrative as far as they can. TV is no longer just about story and setting, but about characters and the increasingly detailed worlds that those characters inhabit reflect the desire from viewers for high quality TV. Continue reading “Top US Drama Series”

Louie Returns with a Double Bill

After the exhilarating emotional high of the season 3 finale, Louie seemed to have won some sort of internal battle. Season 4 however begins with a much more downbeat tone and sees Louie return to an unhappy and lonely state of being.

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Louie is a sitcom written, devised, and directed by Louie CK. It’s a show that has seen many pop culture icons grace its episodes. Jerry Seinfeld, Ricky Gervais, and David Lynch are a few that spring to mind. In each instance, Louie is a show that likes to challenge and reuse familiar television tropes with an ironic, and humour orientated tone. Continue reading “Louie Returns with a Double Bill”

24: Live Another Day

24 is back and much the same as it always was. It’s four years since we last saw Jack Bauer, and now he resurfaces in London and 24 returns to the small screen.

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With the return of 24 it seems that TV has come full circle. Here’s a review of this weeks double bill with no spoilers. Continue reading “24: Live Another Day”