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  • Fantastic Mr. Fox

    Fantastic Mr. Fox

    It's been a long time since I've seen a Wes Anderson film. I still haven't seen all of his work. My favourite of those I have seen is The Life Aquatic.

    As to be expected there's a few of Anderson's regular stable of actors, voice-only this time however. More of the same warm, muted colour palette, offbeat characters and quirky dialogue. The new aspect is the stop-motion animation which has a texture to it that's inviting and reminiscent of Nightmare…

  • The Sweeney

    The Sweeney

    Based on the titular 1970s British crime drama TV series. I'd heard little about this one, just that it opened a festival last year.

    Ray Winstone does rather well as Jack Regan, the cop with slightly dodgy morals and some brutal old-school methods of getting the job done. The other main characters are British faces I don't recognise apart from the man in charge of Internal Affairs Ivan Lewis, played by Steve Mackintosh who was the traitorous cop in the…

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  • God Bless America

    God Bless America

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Written and directed by Bobcat Goldthwait, this film is a searing indictment of the current state of America and its people's attitude and behaviour toward one another.

    It starts with a narration from Frank (Jeff Murray), our protagonist whose had enough with the inconsiderate and the rude. He suffers from migraines, his neighbours and through his late-night TV viewing we experience a constantly depressing reflection of the world as it is.

    This however, is not a film for everyone, if…

  • Beyond the Black Rainbow

    Beyond the Black Rainbow

    A ponderous arthouse film with the production style of '80s cinema. Some other visual influences are obvious, such as THX-1138 and 2001: A Space Odyssey. However, of the no doubt countless others, I'd bet that R. W. Fassbinder's 'World on a Wire' is certainly one of them.

    Don't watch this expecting to see a solid, logical narrative. In fact, I think the film might have benefitted from either scaling the story back or fleshing it out more. Instead, go for the hypnotic visual treat with its dreamlike atmosphere and spot-on synth score.