Source Code: Imperfect Loop
★★★☆☆ Duncan Jones’ wonderfully underplayed debut Moon caught a few people off guard. David Bowie’s son playing around with classic Sci-Fi cinema: Solaris, 2001 and even The Thing went into the pot and out came one of the most enjoyable films of that year.His second film as director acts, sadly as that now seemingly necessary push in to a more mainstream script and plot which is...
Cell 211: Hard Time
★★★☆☆ Imagine if you were Juan (Alberto Ammann), a young, keen and handsome lad and you turned up for your new job as a prison guard a day early to have a bit of a nose around. Imagine if, before you knew it you’d been clocked on the head with a piece of rubble and woken up in the middle of a riot. Daniel Monzon’s taut and violent film starts ludicrously and writhes about the place...
The Tree of Life: Personal Space
★★★★★ The arrival of a new Terrence Malick film always sets the pulses of a select few racing. Those not yet subjected to his thoughtful and philosophical approach to film making will quietly pass them or at least jibe them for their wistful, sparse questioning. Malick’s last film, the Pocahontas storied The New World, failed to perform at the box office and even the wonderful and...
Harlan County, USA: Gold Mine
★★★★☆ Barbara Kopple’s wonderful Harlan County, USA gallantly documents the battle of a group of coal miners and their struggling families against the Brookside Mine and Prep Plant in Harlan County, Kentucky in 1973. Grittly, candidly and deftly shot by Kopple and her team the film holds up amazingly well today and shows just how lazy we’ve gotten in especially in mainstream...