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Jodorowsky’s Dune
Documentary / Films

Jodorowsky’s Dune

The story told in Jodorowsky’s Dune is a fascinating one. It’s a cinematic ‘what if?’ – as Frank Pavich looks back at a movie which should have been. The documentary focuses on avant-garde movie-maker Jodorowsky – best known for his surrealist and symbolic pictures El Topo and The Holy Mountain, two movies which still make … Continue reading

Maleficent: Review
Action/Adventure / Films

Maleficent: Review

Even putting aside the fact that Maleficent was only green-lit because some producer realised that Angelina Jolie shared a similar facial structure with a drawing, it’s difficult to approach Maleficent without an edge of cynicism. Disney’s latest plan for making all the money in the world seems to be ‘reimagining’ their animated and existing properties … Continue reading

The Wolf of Wall Street
Comedy / Drama / Films

The Wolf of Wall Street

2013 was the year of excess – the year Hollywood was drawn to decadence, impossible wealth and suspect morals. First there was Korine’s surreal and artistic Spring Breakers, then, Sofia Coppola’s vapid, but comically chilling The Bling Ring, and finally Baz Luhrmann’s misguided and overblown on the Great American Novel, The Great Gatsby. The final … Continue reading

12 Years a Slave
Drama / Films

12 Years a Slave

McQueen’s films are occasionally difficult to watch; taking an unflinching and quasi-documentary approach to their lurid, bordering on body-horror styled subject matter. Considering the director’s relative newcomer status, McQueen’s first two movies – 2008’s Hunger and 2011’s Shame – garnered a huge amount of critical acclaim, with viewers praising McQueen’s measured directing and his mature … Continue reading

Spring Breakers
Comedy / Drama / Films

Spring Breakers

It’s interesting that two of the most talked about films of 2013 – Sofia Coppola’s The Bling Ring and Harmony Korine’s Spring Breakers – share a lot of the same themes; youthful hedonistic excess, the need for instant gratification, a sense of disassociated responsibility and a detachment from reality. And of course, crime. Whereas Coppola’s … Continue reading