TVursday

A new day, a new, hopefully regular column. Welcome to TVursday! That’s Thursdays, in which I talk about television. Geddit? Well, it amused me.

Trailer Talk Tuesday

In an attempt to get into a more routine posting routine, I’m going to be starting regular weekly features based on alliteration and the names of the days. It doesn’t have to be that way, I’m just OCD about things of that nature. For now, I have Trailer Talk Tuesdays, then I get stumped. Thinkpiece Thursdays? Writing About …

The Counsellor (2013)

Considering the swathe of negative reviews and the dearth of publicity, coupled with the opening 5 minutes, an embarrassing, wordy and decidedly unsexy sex scene between Michael Fassbender and Penelope Cruz, I figured The Counsellor to be dead on arrival. A half hour later and I was engrossed, and thrilled to be wrong in my …

The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty (2013)

What is it with Bens? Affleck, Daredevil and Gigli laughing stock has gone and turned into an Oscar baiting director of serious movies. Now Stiller, comedy legend, star of the Night of the Museum franchise and voice of Alex the Lion in Madagascar, is making similar leaps. (Side Note: consider the fact that we live …

American Hustle (2013)

The big old Oscar debate. The fact is that sometimes they get it right, sometimes wrong. It’s too big and amorphous an organisation to have it’s tastes reliably judged. For some reason though, they seem to think that American Hustle is worth 10 Oscars. TEN! I’ve changed my mind, I’m judging you Academy.

Inside Llewyn Davis (2014)

Every film the Coens make is a period piece. No one can pick a time period, evoke it to a tee and establish an atmosphere as adeptly as the brothers Coen can. Inside Llewyn Davis is no different, in fact it may just be the most potent example of this mastery.

World War Z (2013)

World War Z gives out one definite truth in its two hour running time. It reminds you that in times of crisis, all you need is friends in high places. If important people care about you, it’s all good, if not, you are not getting that helicopter ride and a safe place to stay.

Gravity

So much praise has been heaped on Alfonso Cuarón and his dizzying, adrenaline pumping Gravity that formulating a review is somewhat hard. Finding something new to add or even being contrarian is quite difficult.

Her (2013)

For a film concerned with the nature of artificial intelligence, Her is decidedly human. Even it’s title in which the titular AI is granted gender rather than simply being “it” is indicative of the film’s attention to the human condition.

The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)

I’ve been known, on occasion, to bag on Leonardo DiCaprio. To me he’s always been the smooth faced face of underwhelming prissy-boy 21st century acting. Even under Tarantino’s tutelage, with the role of Calvin Candie being as meaty as it was, his performance still lacked sting somehow. Enter 5-time collaborator and filmmaking MVP Martin Scorsese …