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Review: Out Of The Furnace (2013)

Film Title: Out of the Furnace
Director: Scott Cooper.

Cast: Christian Bale, Casey Affleck, Woody Harrelson, Zoe Saldana, Forest Whitaker, Willem Dafoe.

Certificate: 15.

With only 2009’s CRAZY HEART to his name, Scott Cooper’s OUT OF THE FURNACE struggles to disguise its relatively green writer-director. What could have been an intelligent, tense revenge thriller unfortunately soon unravels as a redneck version of TAKEN; a paint by numbers and completely unremarkable affair that signposts any shock tactics from a mile off. However, with Ridley Scott and Leonardo DiCaprio (originally set to direct and star) onboard as producers, it’s hardly surprising it attracted such impressive talent.

After a tragic car accident puts Russell Baze (Christian Bale) behind bars, he returns to a place where everything is fundamentally the same, but inescapably different. His younger, Iraq-serving brother Rodney (Casey Affleck) seeks solace in physical bouts, while girlfriend Lena (Zoe Saldana) is far more standoffish than hoped. But Rodney’s addiction to the boxing ring is more than just a hobby as he finds himself sucked into a dangerous world of underground fighting, headed by the nefarious Harlan DeGroat (Woody Harrelson). When little bro mysteriously goes missing and local police chief Wesley (Forest Whitaker) is slow to act, Russell decides to take matters into his own hands. Continue reading

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What I’m Watching – November 2013

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

The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou (Dir: Wes Anderson, 2004) ****

Lee Daniels’ The Butler (Dir: Lee Daniels, 2013) ****

Parkland (Dir: Peter Landesman, 2013) **

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (Dir: Francis Lawrence, 2013) *****

The Counsellor (Dir: Ridley Scott, 2013) ***

Blackfish (Dir: Gabriela Cowperthwaite, 2013) ****

Gravity (Dir: Alfonso Cuaron, 2013) ****

Nebraska (Dir: Alexander Payne, 2013) ****

Cuban Fury (Dir: James Griffiths, 2014)

The Switch (Dir: Josh Gordon, Will Speck, 2010) **

Wild Bill (Dir: Dexter Fletcher, 2011) ****

Who Is Dayani Cristal? (Dir: Marc Silver, 2013)

Philomena (Dir: Stephen Frears, 2013) *****

Ender’s Game (Dir: Gavin Hood, 2013) ****

Turbo (Dir: David Soren, 2013) ***

Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom (Dir: Justin Chadwick, 2013) ****

Bitesize Review: Prometheus (2012)

DIRECTOR: Ridley Scott.

CAST: Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender, Charlize Theron, Logan Marshall-Green, Idris Elba, Sean Harris, Rafe Spall, Emun Elliott, Benedict Wong, Kate Dickie, Guy Pearce.

SYNOPSIS: After discovering clues to the origin of our species on Earth, Elizabeth Shaw (Rapace) and Charlie Holloway (Marshall-Green) join a team of scientists aboard the spaceship Prometheus to venture further into space and understand these alien life forms. After becoming stranded on an unfamiliar planet, the discoverers face a battle to save the future of the human race.

My broken arm calls for a slightly different (and bitesize) reviewing format. So here’s ten things I want to say about Prometheus:

***Although this doesn’t involve direct spoilers, you should wait until you’ve seen the film before you read what’s below*** Continue reading

What I’m Watching – June 2012

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

Lawless (Dir: John Hillcoat, 2012) ****

God Bless America (Dir: Bobcat Goldthwait, 2011) ****

Sexual Chronicles Of A French Family (Dir: Pascal Arnold, Jean-Marc Barr, 2012) ***

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter (Dir: Timur Bekmambetov, 2012) **

Life Just Is (Dir: Alex Barrett, 2012) **

Small Creatures (Dir: Martin Wallace, 2010) *

Shadow Dancer (Dir: James Marsh, 2012) ****

Unconditional (Dir: Bryn Higgins, 2012) ****

Flying Blind (Dir: Katarzyna Klimkiewicz, 2012) ***

Young Dudes (Dir: Yin-jung Chen, 2012) **

Leave It On The Track (Dir: Benjamin Pascoe, 2011) ***

Fred (Dir: Richard Ledes, 2012) ***

The Imposter (Dir: Bart Layton, 2012) ****

Killer Joe (Dir: William Friedkin, 2012) ****

Mirage (Dir: Yang Jung-ho, 2012) ***

Pusher (Dir: Luis Prieto, 2012) ***

Girimunho (Dir: Clarissa Campolina, Helvecio Marins Jr, 2011) ***

Bottle Rocket (Dir: Wes Anderson, 1996) *****

Son Of Rambow (Dir: Garth Jennings, 2007) ****

The Muppets (Dir: James Bobin, 2011) ****

The Angels’ Share (Dir: Ken Loach, 2012) ****

Snow White And The Huntsman (Dir: Rupert Sanders, 2012) ****

Prometheus (Dir: Ridley Scott, 2012) ***

Trailer Talk: Bruce Wayne, Space Jockeys and Hobbitses

Bruce Wayne, Space Jockeys, Hobbitses, Gods, R-Pattz, Channing Tatum trying to be a comedian, a PVC-clad Beckinsale and discontented teachers. Let’s talk trailers: Continue reading

What I’m Watching – September

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

Black Hawk Down (Dir: Ridley Scott, 2001) ***

Troll Hunter (Dir: Andre Ovredal, 2010) ****

Once (Dir: John Carney, 2006) ****

Fish Tank (Dir: Andrea Arnold, 2009) *****

One Day (Dir: Lone Scherfig, 2011) ***

Hunger (Dir: Steve McQueen, 2008) ****

Four Lions (Dir: Chris Morris, 2010) ****

Confetti (Dir: Debbie Isitt, 2006) ***

Jane Eyre (Dir: Cary Joji Fukunaga, 2011) ****