Month: September 2014

  • An Interview with Jeff Baena.

    An Interview with Jeff Baena.

    “For me, emotional violence outweighs physical carnage.” During this year’s Edinburgh International Film Festival I was able to meet with director Jeff Baena in order to discuss movies, zombies and his debut film, Life After Beth. I saw Life After Beth at the press screening on Tuesday which got a great reaction. What was the response at the […]

  • The Ides of March.

    George Clooney’s intense political drama explores the sinister underbelly of a campaign between two presidential candidates. The Ides of March takes place in Ohio, a crucial destination to the campaign that could determine which side takes the lead and ultimately wins. With this knowledge in the minds of all those involved in the battle, tensions couldn’t […]

  • Melinda and Melinda.

    Woody Allen’s Melinda and Melinda opened to mixed reviews ten years ago. The film’s main narrative is split between two stories which both revolve around a character called Melinda. These two stories are merely the fabrications of two friends discussing the comedy and tragedy of life over a meal and a glass of wine. Allen handles […]

  • Another Woman.

    It’s my strong belief that Woody Allen’s work is at its best when he is doing two particular things – engaging in philosophical debate and writing for women. His masterful 1988 feature, Another Woman, shows glimmers of philosophy but primarily demonstrates just how well Allen knows women and their complexities. To enhance his insight into the female […]

  • Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call – New Orleans.

      It makes a lot of sense that Nicolas Cage and Werner Herzog should collaborate. Both men have a diverse cinematic portfolio that contain several real gems alongside many more absurd and questionable entries. However dubious their past work may have occasionally been, there is no denying that both men are courageous in their art […]

  • Bad Lieutenant.

    Bad Lieutenant.

    Abel Ferrara’s Bad Lieutenant takes its audience on a harrowing and trippy journey into the unhinged and depraved mind of its lead character. The title explains everything. Harvey Keitel plays a bad cop; as bad as they come. Despite learning many disturbing things about him, we never learn this cop’s name. The lieutenant scurries around his […]

  • Gangs of New York.

    The Wolf of Wall Street marks the fifth collaborative effort between director Martin Scorsese and actor Leonardo DiCaprio. The duo will only need to make another three films together in order to equal the number of ‘Bobby and Marty’ joint efforts. Their first cinematic collaboration was the gruesome and relentless Gangs of New York. Scorsese is […]

  • New York Stories.

    New York Stories is comprised of three short films, each running for 30-45 minutes. The three films are directed by three different directors – Martin Scorsese, Woody Allen and Francis Coppola. New York Stories fails in a variety of ways. Firstly, after sitting through the entire anthology you realise how irrelevant the inclusion of New […]