As audience alienating titles go, ‘Martha Marcy May Marlene’ must be up there with the very best of ‘em. Yes, it’s about a girl’s struggle to find herself after her identity is fractured by participation in a cult but, seriously, four different names? Petty quibbles [...]
Browsing all posts from February, 2012.
I question the validity of any award that has been won by Noel Clarke. I don’t like the fact that Noel Clarke refers to himself as a ‘BAFTA award winning actor/writer/director’. I don’t like Noel Clarke. Or 2012 nominee, Adam Deacon. So, I thought I’d [...]
Words by Jeff Galasso Young Adult marks Jason Reitman’s first film since 2009’s critically acclaimed Up in the Air. Written by Juno’s Diablo Cody, the dramedy centred on CharlizeTheron’s emotionally stunted ghost-writer initially appears to be fitting companion piece to Reitman’s powerful depiction of a career-dedicated life. However, [...]
Shame poses an interesting dilemma for me. I’ve got on record numerous times stating that the two most important things for a film to do are: a.) Engage and b.) Be attractive. Shame is both engaging and attractive but is so vapid that I found [...]
Words by Jeff Galasso Those looking for a high-charged dose of intensity (!) need look no further than Liam Neeson’s new survival thriller The Grey. The Alaskan set showdown between man and animal is a grim display of the forces of nature, whilst questioning the nature [...]
Occasionally I see a piece of independent filmmaking that is so beautiful that I think it’s a shame not to share it. ‘Nightscapes’ by Phil Arntz is one of them. Phil DPed one of my short films and is, genuinely, one of the most talented [...]