Suffragette is Superb conclusion to 2015 cinema

Gavron’s tribute to the foot-soldiers of the British Suffragettes is gritty yet poignant, backed by a strong female cast and crew. It chronicles Maud’s intense and empowering journey from timid laundress to militant Suffragette in the face of brutal patriarchy. Mulligan humanises the dedicated Maud with righteous indignation, well supported by Duff’s tenacious Violet, Bonham-Carter’s…

Die Hard preserves Explosive Christmas Charm-100 Word Review

McTiernan’s action-packed flick has endured as a gripping holiday classic. When terrorists take over Nakatomi plaza with a Christmas party full of hostages, it’s up to NYPD cop John McClane to save the day. In typical James Bond fashion we despair over the unhelpful meddling of the FBI while routing for the underdog. Willis is…

Latest Star Wars a Tour De Force- reviewed in 100 Words

Abram’s latest addition to the cult heptalogy is an explosive blend of action and heart which, although borrowing heavily from its predecessors, still brings something new. The Resistance’s galactic attempts to defeat the evil First Order are chronicled with stunning special effects, striking production design, Mindel’s noteworthy cinematography and William’s rousing score. Performances have improved…

Warm and Witty albeit Melodramatic- The Dressmaker in 100 Words

Moorhouse’s return is a hilariously caricatured depiction of small-town Australia with captivating performances, stunning costumes and witty writing. Performances were robust; from Weaving’s flamboyant Sergeant to Hemsworth’s striking larrikin, from Snook’s sassy Trudy to Davis’ hilariously cranky recluse. Winslet thrived as tenaciously brazen femme fatale Tilly, whose homecoming unleashes revenge upon the callously petty townspeople….

Heartfelt Aussie drama Oranges & Sunshine in 100 Words

Loach’s 2010 drama is a touching portrayal of Britain and Australia’s shocking undiscussed history. Based on her novel, Empty Cradles, It narrates social worker Humphrey’s (Watson’s) discovery of the secret forced immigration of thousands of poor British children to Australia between 1945-70. Her subsequent journey to reunite now adult migrants (Weaving and Wenham) with their…

Spectre reviewed in 100 words

Mendes’ Spectre falls short of Skyfall, however still pleases with stunning action sequences. The series has evolved with the times, featuring audacious females and a surveillance themed plot. The opening perfectly captured Bond’s style, ruthlessness and allure, with decent music by Sam Smith. The stunts were phenomenal, traversing Helicopter, Plane, and Aston Martin, while the…

100 Word Review- Catch Me if You Can

Spielberg’s witty true story narrates conman Frank Abagnale Jr’s cheeky and fraudulent journey across various professions. Dicaprio shines as resourceful teen/professional liar/desperate criminal, hunted by FBI agent Hanratty (Hanks). This relationship is the film’s focus throughout their transnational game of Cat and Mouse. Initially fuelled by contempt and frustration, their affiliation grows into a father-son…

The Theory of Hollywood’s Imitation Game

For those interested in the high-profile-biopic genre, the past summer at the movies would have been  the place for you. Benedict Cumberbatch, Eddie Redmayne and Jack O’Connell each play a talented mathematician/physicist/athlete, who face tremendous challenges in the form of The Nazi Enigma code/Motor Neurone disease/Japanese POW guards, but ultimately beat the odds and survive…

The Unexpected Virtue of Abstraction.

After first viewing the trailer to Birdman or the Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance, I was underwhelmed and slightly confused regarding the storyline. My opinion to see it wavered after viewing Margaret and David’s unanimous 5 star review of it on their final episode of At the Movies. However I hadn’t committed to seeing it until…

Should you go Into the Woods? Maybe Not.

Into the Woods (2014) is a remake of the original musical by Stephen Sondheim. Directed by Rob Marshall (Chicago), this musical is based on the Grimm Brothers fairy tales of Jack and The Beanstalk, Little Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel and Cinderella. The film boasts an all-star ensemble cast including Meryl Streep, Emily Blunt, Johnny Depp…