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The Family

Reviewed by alanhorkan

  • Currently 3/5 Stars.

Besson knocks out another one. Not a very good film but I had a lot of fun and enjoyed this black comedy more than most, but it is certainly an uneven film. De Niro is funnier when he isn't really trying to actively be funny but the problem is that often it seems like he isn't really trying to do anything at all. (Also nice to see Dianna Agron in something that doesn't involve singing.) Two older women sitting in front of me wondered who might like this film, that with the over the top violence it was like it was made for teenage boys. I can't really argue with them, I loved it. It wont be getting any awards but I expect plenty of people will be pleasantly surprised watching this at home viewings.

Blue Is the Warmest Colour

Reviewed by alanhorkan

  • Currently 4/5 Stars.

Overly long but still feels shorter than its three hour running time. The sex scenes are full on, gratuitous at times (the director sure does like lingering shots of bottoms) but they do go some way to indicating the full intensity of the passionate relationship that is the essence of this story, brought to life by the strong performances from the leading actresses. Well worth a look.

The Broken Circle Breakdown

Reviewed by alanhorkan

  • Currently 3/5 Stars.

The keyword of the title is "Breakdown", the film tells the story of a relationship breaking down (the Broken Circle is a song title). So far so depressing. Oh and this is a Belgian film (Flemish language). While I wouldn't rush to recommend this film, the sad story and subtitles already being enough to put most people off, the carefully unfolding story structure, and beautiful bluegrass music gives the film much layers and nuances, although it is still fairly clear where it is all going. If you are up for a serious story you might just enjoy it.

Drinking Buddies

Reviewed by alanhorkan

  • Currently 3/5 Stars.

Likable enough film but not much happens. The Drinking buddies of the title seem ideally suited to each other and the largely improvised film wanders around this idea. Although seemingly aimless and lacking direction the film is charming the performances are believable but the characters don't have that much to do. Better than a generic Hollywood rom-com that must have answers for everything but goes too far the other way, not particularly amusing or romantic. In a word: amiable.

Elysium

Reviewed by alanhorkan

  • Currently 4/5 Stars.

The idea is far fetched, the moralising is heavy handed, Jodie Foster is incredibly annoying with her odd affected accent, and there is some awful shaky camera work that makes this film almost unwatchable at times. It is a film with some serious flaws. None of that matters, this is a fantastic action film. The best bits are so good it and the action so much fun it far outweighs the bad bits. The robots are the exoskeleton Damon wears is cool, the design of the whole film is beautiful and interesting. Damon puts in an okay performance. Sharlto Copley is stand-out fantastic as the villainous mercenary Kruger

We're the Millers

Reviewed by alanhorkan

  • Currently 4/5 Stars.

Expectations were low but we were pleasantly surprised. Consistently funny (never hilarious) the film moves along at a tight pace, getting to to the next gag without delay and that consistency brings it up a notch.

The Way, Way Back

Reviewed by alanhorkan

  • Currently 2/5 Stars.

A coming of age story from a first time director? A miserable summer break and a guy working in a theme park? Does this all sound a little familiar? Like the lead character this film takes a long time to say not very much. This is not a bad film, but it is far from original. The pacing was slack but it at least had the feeling of being intentional, again like the lead character often struggling to get his point across at first but getting there eventually. The cast is great, the performances are good, but again all too familiar. Sam Rockwell is a charming lovable rogue, Toni Collette is a weary mother, Allison Janney is a daft excitable drunk, and Steve Carell is a bit of jerk, all parts you may have seen them play before. Would I recommend this film, yeah I suppose I would. It is not a bad film but I found it all too familiar to and unoriginal to enjoy it all that much. Critics liked it, you might too. Rotten Tomatoes gave it 85%

Kick-Ass 2

Reviewed by alanhorkan

  • Currently 3/5 Stars.

Like the would be hero at the start of Kick-Ass this falls flat. There is swearing, ultra-violence, and scatalogical humour but it is all a bit hollow and has a lot less of the guilty pleasure or trangressive kicks of the first film. Dave is whiney as ever, but Kick-Ass begins to live up to his name with a bit of training from Hit-Girl. Hit-Girl remains compelling, and steals the show, even when retreading Mean Girls (with echoes of Carrie) she steals the show. Chris D'Amico/RedMist/Motherfucker shouts his way through the film, and Leguiziamo spends the film apologizing. Millar is rarely accused of an excess of originality but the film wimps out on several occasions, puncturing any tension or guilty pleasures with weak jokes instead of being incidentally funny like the first film. Still the film lashes along at the fair pace, and is overly busy with side characters, and it is a reasonably satisfying bit of fun but unfortunately not as good as you might remember.

Aftershock

Reviewed by alanhorkan

  • Currently 3/5 Stars.

Aftershock is probably not horrific enough for horror fans or tense enough for thrillseekers but I found it suprisingly entertaining and there were a few surprises, I guessed wrong more than once as to who the survivors would be. There are other films in the cinema you'll probably want to see more but entertaining enough and definitely worth a watch at home.

Broken City

Reviewed by alanhorkan

  • Currently 2/5 Stars.

Other reviewers have said it all nearly, I'll try to be brief. The story is rambling convoluted yet predictable, script is weak and holds everything else back. Great cast, good performances and the film is reasonably entertaining, nicely paced, but it doesn't all fit together quite right, it is not enough. Alona Tal, is great in a minor role, lightens the mood (conversely the girlfriend subplot with Natalia is largely pointless).

Django Unchained

Reviewed by alanhorkan

  • Currently 4/5 Stars.

"I couldn't resist" says King Schultz. Maybe Tarantino should have been more restrained but then, would he still be Tarantino? Fans of Tarantino should enjoy, others I'm not so sure. Billed as a spaghetti western it seemed more like blaxsploitation to me, but no matter what you choose to call it, this mix was all Tarantino. (You could probably compare it to Kill Bill in lots of ways too.) If you don't already like Tarantino I doubt this could change your mind, but for fans this is a lot of fun. The soundtrack was not subtle, it is blaring and to the front, sometimes even a little jarring and breaking you out of the reality of the film but again, classic Tarantino. The runtime was excessive, and it seemed almost finished several times but at least it wast entertaining for the duration and it managed to seem shorter than it actually was. I liked it, but with time to consider I doubt it will be rated above other films from Tarantino.

Wreck-It Ralph

Reviewed by alanhorkan

  • Currently 4/5 Stars.

Good film from Disney! John Lassiter stamps his mark. Perhaps not as good as Pixar but charming nonetheless. Predictable, children's film, not that much besides retro nostalgia for grown ups. Product placement only slightly annoying.