Amy

23rd of July 2011 will forever be in my memory. For starters, it was the day I finally managed to get myself a laptop after getting a huge tax rebate from the government. Just after finishing university and slogging down at the library to write my dissertation, little known fact, libraries do have opening hours,…

Shame

Before Steve McQueen became a household name with his adaptation of slave narrative 12 Years a Slave, he certainly wasn’t well-known for his mainstream films, primarily established on the short film festival circuit. His début, Hunger, about the 1981 Irish IRA hunger strikes came to prominence in the awards season. But between these two films, came something…

Melancholia

**This post has numerous spoilers in Melancholia** Melancholia, released in 2011, is perhaps one of Lars Von Trier’s more financially successful films, and perhaps the most palatable to mainstream audiences. Well known for his shock-value film making, and a career that began in the artistic-indie realm of Dogme filmmaking, Von Trier took a distinct move…

Magic Mike

Magic Mike was perhaps one of the strangest films to come out in 2012. Marketed primarily at women, with its glistening hard bodied cast, big pecs, big packages, thrusting its way through the ad breaks of day time tv, it also garnered the interest of many well established and quite esteemed film critics, for many…

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty is perhaps best described as a crisis movie, and not really a “romantic adventure comedy drama” Wikipedia’s words, not mine. The reason I say that, is because it’s based in an all too familiar environment, the financial crisis, job instability, fear of unemployment, corporate takeovers driven by money and…

FocusFlik – Alt-Rom

Despite being a lover of all things film, one genre that’s never particularly struck well with me is romance. Whether it’s romantic classics or rom-coms, I’ve never quite…got it. Perhaps my scepticism of that perfect, ‘OMG I can’t breathe without you’ fluffy, rose-tinted view of the world somewhat dampens my ability to buy into those…

Filth

Filth is perhaps best described as an assault. It’s viciously funny and disturbingly dark, all set in a bleak and seedy Scotland. Almost every single character in the film is wildly depraved, but our main protagonist, Bruce, portrayed flawlessly by James McAvoy, is perhaps the most degenerate and perverse character to appear in film over…