There is absolutely no doubt about it.
These two are reigning right now.
Last weekend I spent three days at the O2 in London at Empire Big Screen.
A weekend full of screenings, panels and special guests, there is too much to simply put into print. So I thought a video would do nicely.
After turning my camcorder on and rambling for an hour or so, I finally managed to edit it down to two fifteen minute videos.
So please have a listen and make sure you join me next year!
Please check out my 5* review for Gavin O’Connor’s amazing Warrior over at HeyUGuys. Just click here.
I am really honoured to be able to say that I had the pleasure of listening to Nicolas Winding Refn talk about his latest film, Drive, before watching a preview of his incredible film on Saturday evening at Empire Big Screen at the O2 in London. I am even more honoured to say that I was asked by the amazing HeyUGuys to review it for them. To check out my 5* review for Ryan Gosling’s new film, please click here.
This list only includes films I watched for the first time this month. My most recent viewing is the top entry:
Limitless (Dir: Neil Burger, 2011) ****
The Inbetweeners Movie (Dir: Ben Palmer, 2011) ****
Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes (Dir: Rupert Wyatt, 2011) ****
The Skin I Live In (Dir: Pedro Almodovar, 2011) ****
Lars And The Real Girl (Dir: Craig Gillespie, 2007) ****
Into The Wild (Dir: Sean Penn, 2007) *****
The Kids Are All Right (Dir: Lisa Cholodenko, 2010) ****
Half Nelson (Dir: Ryan Fleck, 2006) ****
Cowboys & Aliens (Dir: Jon Favreau, 2011) **
Drive (Dir: Nicolas Winding Refn, 2011) *****
Warrior (Dir: Gavin O’Connor, 2011) *****
Moon (Dir: Duncan Jones, 2009) *****
DIRECTOR: Seth Gordon.
CAST: Jason Bateman, Charlie Day, Jason Sudeikis, Kevin Spacey, Jennifer Aniston, Colin Farrell, Jamie Foxx, Donald Sutherland, Lindsay Sloane, Julie Bowen, P.J. Byrne, Celia Finkelstein, Ioan Gruffudd.
SYNOPSIS: Nick (Bateman) hates his boss for making him work sunrise to sunset with no reward. Kurt (Sudeikis) hates his boss for being a coked-out idiot who has no interest in the company aside from the financial reward. Dale (Day) hates his boss for being a borderline rapist when he’s about to get married. A drunken conversation between the three of them leads to the hiring of a hit man (Foxx) to ensure an easy working environment. But things are never that straightforward.
Horrible Bosses is undoubtedly a massive step forward for director Seth Gordon, with his previous work on American TV shows The Office, Modern Family and Parks and Recreation showcasing his effortless capability of working with the current Hollywood darlings usually favoured by a certain Judd Apatow. Although the first half of the film may feel like a rehearsal to the better-paced and more enjoyable second half, this film is far from predictable with a wonderfully natural chemistry between the three male leads. Continue reading
DIRECTOR: Terrence Malick.
CAST: Brad Pitt, Hunter McCracken, Jessica Chastain, Laramie Eppler, Sean Penn, Tye Sheridan, Fiona Shaw.
SYNOPSIS: Jack O’Brien (McCracken) and his two brothers (Eppler, Sheridan) grow up in the 1960s, spending their days carefree and full of play. We witness firsthand the loss of innocence through Jack’s eyes as he experiences his first brushes with death and suffering. The world is no longer as perfect as he believed and his family struggle with his quick progression into adolescence. Running parallel to this, an older Jack (Penn) tries to atone and understand past events in his life, working towards being able to forgive his father (Pitt).
To say The Tree of Life is grandiose is a complete understatement. It is beautiful, indulgent, heartfelt and extremely honest. And I truly believe it to be a masterpiece. Clichés aside, Terrence Malick’s Palme d’Or-winning film has been rather controversial, being booed at Cannes and five people walked out when I saw it. But I believe this to be a sign of a great filmmaker, somebody who divides opinion and stems controversial discussion. At the end of the day, this isn’t going to be a film people forget.