'Iron Man 3' (2013) ReviewLast week Movieville very kindly gave me two tickets to see an advanced screening of Iron Man 3. What a dream! (This also entitled me the glory of being able to lord it over everyone I know!) I went into this film with extremely high expectations, I loved the previous two films although I felt they were both slightly lacking in their final fight scenes, but they were excellent movies nonetheless. So on Wednesday the 17th I hopped on a coach to London where I met up with my pal Jonah. We made our way to Leicester Square’s Odeon Cinema and showed our (very fancy) tickets and took our seats. Just before they dimmed the lights we were given a wicked surprise and was introduced to director Shane Black (Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang) and co writer Drew Pearce (who were both very apologetic for not being RDJ). These two seemed to truly have enjoyed the experience of making this film, which is always wonderful. Read more
Love Is All You Need (2013) Review
(Original - Den skaldede frisør, 2012)
Love Is All You Need starts as a run-of-the-mill romantic comedy, albeit in Danish rather than English. I did find myself wondering why Brosnan would be involved in a non-english project like this. That was just me being ignorant as it turns out... As the story develops, neglected cancer survivor Ida (Trine Dyrholm) is estranged from her husband and meets Philip, widower father of her daughter's fiancee. A fairly predictable setup? Yes. Does what you think will happen, happen? Yes. But also a lot more.
There is far more here an the usual Hollywood serving of this genre. Deeper, richer, conflicted characters, darker humour, exceptional performances from everyone and a light, even pace that keeps the pressure off, to prevent the story from entering the 'heavy drama' zone. Ida (Dyrholm) is enchanting to Philip (Brosnan), and Brosnan plays Philip as a template Bronte/du Maurier dark gothic style romantic hero. It is really captivating to watch Brosnan in this role, away from the shadow of Bond and away from the flippant humour of some other performances. The not-so-usual ending and gradual focus on Ida and Philip, away from the event of their children's wedding make this a very watchable film, with a heart warming story that doesn't pander or behave overly predictably. This respect for the audience is very probably a large part of the appeal of Love Is All You Need. I would highly recommend taking a partner if possible. As does my wife.
TV Video Review: SouthlandSynopsis: Southland takes a raw look at Los Angeles as it is in the 2000s and as well at the lives of the officers of the Los Angeles Police Department who are trying to contain it. Check out our latest Video Review, this time for TNT's TV spectacular Southland. Read more
Lore (2013) Review
Immediately following the death of Hitler, Germany fell into a rather desperate situation, with control and claim to land from Russia, France the UK and the USA. Lore takes place in this emotionally charged backdrop and is based on a core thread of Rachel Seiffert’s 2001 novel “The Dark Room”. Lore and her brothers and sisters, the children of an SS officer, journey through a rapidly progressing Germany, polarised by their embedded views and the gradual realisation of their emerging genocidal legacy - encapsulated by an early trigger point: Lore's mother, having burned evidence of their SS associations, advises her "You must remember who you are."Read more