Featured, Reviews / 27.02.2024

Adapting Frank Herbert's seminal classic sci-fi novel Dune into a feature film was a lifelong dream of director Denis Villeneuve. After years in development hell and pesky pandemic delays, the filmmaker finally received his wish in 2021. The result was a film that broke the covid box office curse and netted $450 million worldwide and Oscars for pretty much every technical artisan involved in the film bar Villeneuve, who staggeringly wasn't even nominated. Regardless, a sequel was all but assured and Villeneueve was the man to make it happen. As someone...

Awards Season, Reviews / 11.12.2019

You're likely assuming we did not need another film adaptation of Louisa May Alcott's seminal classic Little Women. Many consider Gillian Armstrong's 1994 film to be the definitive screen version of the novel, ruling out the necessity for any further remakes. Enter actress-turned-filmmaker Greta Gerwig, whose unbridled love for Alcott's work is the driving force behind one of the year's most beautiful films and a worthy challenger to the high bar set by Armstrong. A faithful adaptation given new life by a daring storytelling technique and an impeccable ensemble cast,...

Awards Season, Reviews / 13.10.2019

Way back in 1996, Baz Luhrmann's Romeo + Juliet twisted a classic piece of Shakespeare's work into something palatable enough for mainstream audiences to lap up, particularly teenage girls currently fawning over a young Leonardo DiCaprio. Taking equal inspiration from a piece of Shakespeare and with this generation's teen dream Timothée Chalamet at its helm, David Michôd's The King might just unintentionally pull in a similar crowd. Whereas Luhrmann's work was a direct (albeit wildly unique) Shakespearean adaptation, The King blazes its own daring trail by leaving Shakespeare's infamous iambic pentameter behind,...

Reviews / 17.10.2018

The world of cinema loves to tackle the devastating effects of substance addiction. The life and times of a drug addict provide weighty fodder for any potential screenplay, particularly those which also seek to portray an addict's loved ones, as they watch helplessly from the sidelines. In writer/director Felix van Groeningen's compelling but frustrating Beautiful Boy, the tale is mostly told from the perspective of a beleaguered father, rather than the titular addict himself. It's a curious twist on this all-too-familiar tale, and one likely being lived by thousands of...

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