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What I’m Watching – August 2013

This list only includes films I watched for the first time this month. My most recent viewing is the top entry.

Greenberg (Dir: Noah Baumbach, 2010) ****

Goon (Dir: Michael Dowse, 2011) ***

Pain & Gain (Dir: Michael Bay, 2013) ****

Take This Waltz (Dir: Sarah Polley, 2011) ****

Monsters (Dir: Gareth Edwards, 2010) ***

Elysium (Dir: Neill Blomkamp, 2013) ****

2 Guns (Dir: Baltasar Kormákur, 2013) ***

Kick-Ass 2 (Dir: Jeff Wadlow, 2013) ***

The Lone Ranger (Dir: Gore Verbinski, 2013) ****

Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa (Dir: Declan Lowney, 2013) ****

Only God Forgives (Dir: Nicolas Winding Refn, 2013) ***

The Moth Diaries (Dir: Mary Harron, 2011) **

Interview: Edgar Wright Talks The World’s End

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To celebrate the release of The World’s End, I sat down and had a little chat with the film’s director, Edgar Wright. This interview contains some very light spoilers – though nothing beyond what has been featured in the film’s trailers – and can be found over at The Hollywood News, here.

Interview: Simon Pegg And Nick Frost Talk The World’s End

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To celebrate the release of The World’s End, I sat down with stars Simon Pegg and Nick Frost to chat booze, Pub Fu and penguin cuddles. Don’t fear – the interview is completely spoiler-free. Check it out over at The Hollywood News, here.

Edinburgh International Film Festival Coverage 2013

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Here’s a rather late roundup of all my reviews from Edinburgh 2013 for The Hollywood News. There are still a few more to come, but links to all that have been published so far can be found below. Continue reading

The Artist Formerly Known As Aaron Johnson

It’s Aaron TAYLOR-Johnson now, bitches.

DVD Review: Damsels In Distress – HeyUGuys

Whit Stillman’s Damsels In Distress was released on DVD in the UK yesterday. Check out my review over at HeyUGuys by clicking here.

Review: Brave – The Hollywood News

My review of Disney Pixar’s new film, Brave, can be found here, over at The Hollywood News.

To check out my interviews from the Brave Red Carpet at its European Premiere back in June, click here.

What I’m Watching – August 2012

This list only includes films I watched for the first time this month. My most recent viewing is the top entry:

Now Is Good (Dir: Ol Parker, 2012) **

Untouchable (Intouchables) (Dir: Olivier Nakache, Eric Toledano, 2011) *****

Happy, Happy (Sykt Lykkelig) (Dir: Anne Sewitsky, 2010) ****

Detention (Dir: Joseph Kahn, 2011) ***

The Sound Of My Voice (Dir: Zal Batmanglij, 2011) ****

Flashbacks Of A Fool (Dir: Baillie Walsh, 2008) **

The Loved Ones (Dir: Sean Byrne, 2009) ***

Romeos (Dir: Sabine Bernardi, 2011) ****

Hysteria (Dir: Tanya Wexler, 2011) ***

On The Road (Dir: Walter Salles, 2012) **

Tabu (Dir: Miguel Gomes, 2012) *****

Circumstance (Dir: Maryam Keshavarz, 2011) ****

Samsara (Dir: Ron Fricke, 2011) *****

Love Crime (Crime D’Amour) (Dir: Alain Corneau, 2010) **

Page Eight (Dir: David Hare, 2011) ***

Damsels In Distress (Dir: Whit Stillman, 2011) ****

Predator (Dir: John McTiernan, 1987) ***

The Bourne Legacy (Dir: Tony Gilroy, 2012) ***

Brave (Dir: Mark Andrews, Brenda Chapman, 2012) ****

Taken (Dir: Pierre Morel, 2008) ***

Review: The Help (2011)

DIRECTOR: Tate Taylor.

CAST: Emma Stone, Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer, Bryce Dallas Howard, Jessica Chastain, Ahna O’Reilly, Allison Janney, Anna Camp, Eleanor and Emma Henry, Chris Lowell, Cicely Tyson, Mike Vogel, Aunjanue Ellis, Sissy Spacek, Ted Welch, Leslie Jordan, Mary Steenburgen.

SYNOPSIS: Set in Mississippi during the 1960s, Eugenia ‘Skeeter’ Phelan (Stone) is less concerned about finding a husband than her friends, desperate to become a respected writer. Troubled by the way the black women who work in her friends’ homes are treated, Skeeter turns to Aibileen Clark (Davis), asking her to disclose the truth about what really goes on behind closed doors. With others reluctant to help at first, Skeeter finds herself on the road to discovering some of the community’s best-guarded secrets and exposing the town during the civil rights movement.

Set amidst the events of the civil rights movement, for all its laughs and light heartedness, The Help deals with some incredibly traumatising events – albeit in a 12A fashion. This is bled into the second half with great ease and is a very impressive transition from the fun, caricatured portrayal of American society from the first half. Although we don’t see any mass violence, we see people escaping it, running for their lives and sporadic mentions of Jim Crow and similar figures ensure the harsh reality remains an ominous shadow over the film. Continue reading

Review: One Day (2011)

DIRECTOR: Lone Scherfig.

CAST: Anne Hathaway, Jim Sturgess, Rafe Spall, Romola Garai, Ken Stott, Patricia Clarkson, Tom Mison, Jodie Whittaker, Georgia King, Matt Berry.

SYNOPSIS: Emma (Hathaway) and Dexter (Sturgess) spend the night together after graduating from University. However, there is more talking and cuddling than actual funny business, so they agree to just be friends. We view glimpses of where they are on the same date each year – sometimes together, sometimes not.

First thing’s first. Anne Hathaway’s accent is nowhere near as abysmal as the masses are proclaiming. Granted, you have to fight hard to find the great Northern nuggets within her dialogue, but at least she doesn’t lapse into American. Let’s just say it’s as if she’s spent her life flitting between most of the counties within the UK. At her best when torn between the man she lives with and the man she loves, Hathaway shows real moments of fragility and confusion as Emma, as we track her from graduate to homeowner and beyond. However, it is Jim Sturgess as her best friend Dexter who has the edge in One Day. Continue reading