In a world where being single is the worst thing that you can do, a group of single people sign up to live in a mysterious hotel where they have 45 days to find love or else they will be turned into an animal of their choice. If you think that description makes the film seem weird then wait until you see the film itself. The WTF is laid on in thick layers and just when you think that you might be getting a handle on what is going on the focus switches to something else. Continue reading
Despicable Me is a perfect example of a great animated film that is just as entertaining for adults as it is for children. Not that it has much in the way of “adult” themes or jokes that go over the heads of younger viewers, although there are a few of these as well as some darker themes. But mainly because it is a well put together film with strong characters, convincing voice acting and a decent plot. It is consistently funny without ever feeling like it is trying hard or spending time setting up a specific gag.
The original* Japanese creepy girl horror movie, I can’t believe it has been around for 16 years** and I’ve only just managed to see it! In the end it wasn’t as scary or as creepy as I was expecting but actually more of a slow moving thriller/paranormal investigation story. It relies more on atmosphere and psychological horror than jump scares and gore ans is therefore just the kind of horror movie that I find can actually scare me. However, this one wasn’t really that scary but more of an interesting thriller. Continue reading
Pixels is a fun comedy film that doesn’t try hard to be funny. The situations provide most of the comedy, moving away from the recent trend of getting funny actors to essentially do a string of 2 minute comedy sketches in front of camera for 90 minutes and call it a comedy movie. This results in the film actually being interesting as well as funny rather than just a jumble of loosely connected scenes. Of course this film is a bit like that too and is specifically structured like the levels of a computer game. Continue reading
Filth is based on the book of the same name by Irvine Welsh who also wrote Trainspotting. Armed with this information you can probably guess some of the dominant elements of the film: Rampant drug abuse, check; alcoholism, check; copious amounts of, lets call it “unusual”, sex, check; lots of swearing, check; some pretty freaky hallucinations, check. Oh and it is set in Edinburgh, obviously.
In Shame, Michael Fassbender plays Brandon, a sex addict living an outwardly normal live. He lives in a nice apartment and has a good job which he does well. We never find out what he does at work but he’s good at it. He gets on well with his colleagues and customers. Outside of work though he frequently has sex with prostitutes and also seems to be addicted to pornography and masturbation.
Jenny is a bored schoolgirl in 1960s London. Her parents (more accurately her father) have decided that she is going to Oxford and her life revolves round doing the kinds of things that prepare you for getting into Oxford; studying for exams, learning a musical instrument, “joining in” with clubs and societies, speaking Latin & French. There isn’t much time for the kinds of things she longs for like jazz music, French films, fine foods and high society. Continue reading