We'll tackle any film foreign or otherwise, paying exclusive attention to Arthouse, Indie & Cult features. Selected up to the minute News will also be given prominence.


February 26, 2012

The Help








Director - Tate Taylor

Genre - Drama


First impression was that this picture would be in the vein of 'The Color Purple'. You know the drill by heart now. African Americans (colored people then) treated with discrimination and how these people rise above all that. Well, we're not wrong with that perception, but then we're still pleasantly surprised by how well-made it is. The acting by Viola Davis is so truthful, the emotions she displayed on her face so raw it's no wonder why she was selected as a nominee in the Oscars. The other woman, Octavia Spencer (another nominee), was a joy to watch, her sassy talk and easy-going demeanor cutting through the heavy topic like a breath of fresh mint. When an aspiring writer played by Emma Stone decided to write a story on colored maids, her collection of horror stories related by these maids created a storm of anger in the White community. The script doesn't stray too far from movies of this ilk as we've mentioned. The difference though, is in the ensemble cast of women who played their roles well (with Davis being the standout). Who doesn't like an inspirational tale of hope? One more thing - you won't think of pies quite the same way after this. Particularly, chocolate pie.

4 STARS!

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February 23, 2012

50/50








Director - Jonathan Levine

Genre - Comedy/Drama


Cancer and comedy? Really? As impossible as it sounds, this actually worked like a dream. If the script was written as an all out comedy, it would've been in bad taste. Giving the illness most of its attention would've killed the affability of the film, turning it into a common tear-jerker. Jonathan Levine the director put in just the right amount of funny and heartfelt elements, which isn't easy at all if you think about the subject. We imagine a lot of filmmakers wouldn't even go near this combination of terminal disease and laughter. Joseph Gordon-Levitt had never really impressed us before. We thought he looked too much like a man-child. All that has changed now. As the leading man here, he has stepped up his game considerably and we believe he will take the world of acting by storm henceforth. Even the music got us humming along so pleasantly we felt as though it was the soundtrack to our own lives.

4.5 STARS!

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February 17, 2012

Contagion








Director - Steven Soderbergh

Genre - Drama/Thriller


Increasingly prolific director Steven Soderbergh has been surprising us at every turn throughout his career. Confidently taking on all kinds of genres, he has shown a fearless ability to take on any challenge. 'Contagion' is a thriller which is built on a very plausible, palpable subject. What happened to the characters (played by a huge collection of stars) could very well happen to any one of us. Soderbergh deftly used this vulnerability, this horror in our minds of being attacked by an unseen enemy to manipulate our emotions. Clever editing and carefully placed flashbacks served hand in hand to produce the desired results. The soundtrack was instrumental too, injecting an especially urgent atmosphere to the whole story. You will come out of this feeling a deep appreciation for medical personnel too, who honorably put their lives in constant danger here. We believe there are those non-fiction ones who are just as noble. God bless them and their angel hearts.

4 STARS!

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February 12, 2012

The Steel Helmet








Director - Samuel Fuller

Genre - Action/Drama/War


Samuel Fuller was one of those old school filmmakers who made movies shot with straightforward, no frills manner. His scripts and content are often altogether unconventional for its times though. Subversive and controversial, they often ensure the director stayed well outside the Hollywood system. This picture's dialogue were so uncompromising it drew the attention of the FBI. Sergeant Zack is a no nonsense, hard as nails soldier with a heavy cross to bear. When he joins a lost infantry outfit of young and green men, an uneasy discomfort begin to form in the air, his scruffy ways of warfare rubbing off on the greenhorns like sandpaper to smooth baby bums. Packed with manly, gruff and puff action scenes, this is a war movie which hold no punches.

3.5 STARS!

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February 8, 2012

Death of a Cyclist








Director - Juan Antonio Bardem

Genre - Drama/Thriller


Sometimes a movie can be so powerful it has the ability to change society. We believe 'Death of a Cyclist' is such a movie. Essentially, it is a murder thriller but look closer, search yourselves and you will find that it is so much more. A navigator on morality? A call to arms for those who dare to dream and rebel against the old guards? An attack on those who are perched up high up in society's upper classes? A reminder to always have faith and not give in to our darker temptations? Take your pick. We took away so much from this picture it made us believe all over again in the dignity of courageous cinema. What's the difference? Courageous cinema doesn't just reflect our world, we're better people because of it.

5 STARS!

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February 1, 2012

The Ides of March








Director - George Clooney

Genre - Drama/Thriller


With this picture and 'Drive', Ryan Gosling has performed a back to back feat of giving us two incredibly memorable roles in current cinema. He is well at the top of his game at this point in time when most of the young actors at his age are still looking for that elusive gem role which would put them on the big league. Credit also has to be given to George Clooney, who directed a hell of a movie here, the story of which is from a play called 'Farragut North'. A political thriller with emphasis on the character evolvement of a junior campaign manager (Gosling), the story takes us on a whirlwind tour of how dirty and unscrupulously without mercy the games played by men in politics can be.

4.5 STARS!

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