Month: July, 2015

Seeing the stars: Interstellar and Now You See Me


Every so often you see a film that leaves you pondering its haunting premise for days after viewing, and Christopher Nolan’s (Memento, The Prestige, Inception) latest blockbuster is just that kind of film. Nolan appears to be confidently ensconced in this genre and commands a stellar (no pun intended) cast (McConaughey, Hathaway, Chastain, Damon, Caine … I could go on) who deliver predictably solid performances. The necessary technical expositions render it bereft of some soul, however, Interstellar is ultimately a satisfying and thought provoking film.    IMG_0157

Now You See Me

Continuity issues, plot holes, and a laughably unimaginative musical score mar this potentially entertaining heist flick. Director Louis Leterrier (who is perhaps the antithesis of Nolan) appears to have no idea what he is doing. Or perhaps he just doesn’t care, content to throw a few tired formulaic tropes at the screen and see what sticks. Shame, because had this film been handled with more thought and care we might’ve received something special.   20120104-065723.jpg


Inside Out

A fascinating look at the inner workings of a young girl’s mind that had me spellbound from start to finish. I applaud the courageous decision by director and writer Pete Docter (director of the excellent Up) to go with a female protagonist in the form of eleven year old Riley (Kaitlyn Dias). Interestingly, the almost entirely female cast has, as its only male characters, a personalisation of Fear (Bill Hader), Anger (Lewis Black), and a childhood imaginary friend called Bing Bong (Richard Kind) … would play well in a Gender Politics class, let alone a Psychology class. 

Some also rans

Shaun the Sheep

I enjoy Aardman films, but I found this average at best. Boring and not particularly funny.   

Exodus: Gods and Kings

Terrible, really. It looks wonderful and has a great cast (ignoring for one moment the film’s “whitewashing “), but all this talent is wasted by a shoddy script.  The film, as a whole, felt rushed and I think it’s time to accept that Ridley Scott has lost his mojo. Shame. 


While We’re Young

On the surface While We’re Young feels like a bit of lighthearted whimsy … and leaving it there would be entertaining enough. However, digging a little deeper has its rewards. Writer and Director Noah Baumbach has a lot to say about authenticity and how it correlates with our every day lives. Baumbach is often referred to as the new generation’s Woody Allen. So if you agree with that accolade (I’m sure some of you cringe at the thought) and add a hint of Jean Paul Sartre, then you’re close to where this film sits. I quite enjoyed it.