The Weather Man

Divorce, detachment and depression – three key themes central to Gore Verbinski’s comedy drama starring Nicolas Cage as The Weather Man. The narrative begins with the protagonist having already completed his descent into a state of desolation. The cinematography immediately sets the tone, reflecting the mood with a colour palette of mute greys and pastel blues filling the screen. Read More…

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American History X

American History X may focus on two brothers caught up in Neo-Nazism, but it exhibits far more than the contemporary white supremacist movement. David McKenna’s captivating script provides an important political commentary on contemporary civil rights and equality throughout the rich multicultural society within the United States. Read More…

The Dark Knight Rises

Nolan’s third and final instalment of his Dark Knight tale ends as dramatically and beautifully as it began. The genesis story was told efficiently in Batman Begins, along with Bruce Wayne’s training by the League of Shadows, under mentor and long term antagonist Ra’s Al Ghul. However, it was the sinister spectacle of Gotham City and its villainous underbelly that was established. The Dark Knight continued the story, with the title character taking centre stage. The winged suit was donned heavily throughout and though it began to suggest the emotional conflict between Bruce and his masked alter-ego, it wasn’t Master Wayne’s moment to shine. Read More…

We Need To Talk About Kevin

Whether having read the book or not, the nature of climatic events in this slow burning narrative are relatively predictable from the off, fortunately this isn’t a problem. The narrative is engaging yet twisted as Lynne Ramsey studies a mother/son relationship in a fractured format, slowly revealing, side by side, the build-up to the event and the resultant aftermath. Read More…

True Romance

The film boasts an ensemble cast, with Gary Oldman, Christopher Walken, Dennis Hopper, Chris Penn, Samuel L. Jackson, Brad Pitt and Val Kilmer all featured on the billing. However, the true stars of this dark, crime ridden romance are the two lovers, played by Christian Slater and Patricia Arquette. Read More…

21 Jump Street

When former high-school enemies, Schmidt (Jonah Hill) and Jenko (Channing Tatum) are reunited during police training they discover that each possess the strengths to compensate for the other’s weaknesses – leading them to pair up and form one of the funniest buddy-cop partnerships in recent memory. Following graduation and enrolment into the police force, the pair is selected to go undercover as high-school students, intent on infiltrating a drug operation – though things don’t go as smoothly as the two initially planned. Read More…

Better Off Dead

Twenty minutes into a screening of Better Off Dead John Cusack walked out and approached the director, Savage Steve Holland, to express his distrust towards him and his hatred of the movie. Read More…