Category: 2014

REMINISCING ON GOOD OL’ DAYS: THE ALMIGHTY SHITFEST! –UNFRIENDED [2014]–

Because I can’t seem to write for shit at the moment, here is a…. ‘review’ that I am sure won’t be for everyone. It was part of our dearly beloved and departed Shitfest, specifically the Summer of ’15 which featured my only entry into…

HALLOWEEN IS HERE!: BLOOD PUNCH [2014]

Directed by Madellaine Paxson Written by Eddie Guzelian Starring: Milo Cawthorne, Olivia Tennet, Ari Boyland Blood Punch is a nice blend of horror and dark comedy… and romance, as the story revolves around a dangerous love-triangle. The plot seems simple enough, but this film…

THE DARK VALLEY (Das finstere Tal) [2014]

Directed by Andreas Prochaska Written by Martin Ambrosch (screenplay), Andreas Prochaska (screenplay), Thomas Willmann (novel) Starring: Sam Riley, Tobias Moretti, Paula Beer This Austrian film played last year at a German film festival, but stupidly I was too lazy to go out and catch…

THE BLUE ROOM (La chambre bleue) [2014]

Originally written for: Directed by Mathieu Amalric Written by Stéphanie Cléau (screenplay), Mathieu Amalric (screenplay), Georges Simenon (novel) Starring: Mathieu Amalric, Léa Drucker, Stéphanie Cléau I first saw Matthieu Amalric in Roman Polanski’s last film, which oddly enough can be compared to this film in…

LOVE AND MERCY [2014]

Directed by Bill Pohlad Written by Oren Moverman, Michael A. Lerner, Starring: John Cusack, Paul Dano, Elizabeth Banks, Paul Giamatti Is madness the key to genius? While history often tries its best to say otherwise, I don’t believe the notion for a second. For…

WHITE GOD (Fehér isten) [2014]

Directed by Kornél Mundruczó   Written by  Kornél Mundruczó, Viktória Petrányi, Kata Wéber   Starring: Zsófia Psotta, Sándor Zsótér, Lili Horváth, the dogs Body and Luke 13-year-old Lili is separated from her mother at the beginning of the movie. We aren’t told why, but…

THE DARK HORSE [2014]

Directed and Written by James Napier Robertson Starring: Cliff Curtis, James Rolleston, Kirk Torrance, Miriama McDowell, James Napier Robertson, Wayne Hapi This unique coming-of-age tale came from New Zealand last year. I missed it at the cinemas but bought it as soon as it…

AFF: A PIGEON SAT ON A BRANCH REFLECTING ON EXISTENCE [2014]

Originally written for: This is perhaps the first movie where I read article upon article describing a director’s style for months before I was finally able to watch this latest effort at the Adelaide Film Festival. Having read so much about director Roy Andersson,…

KILLSWITCH [2014]

Originally written for: Directed by Ali Akbarzadeh, Written by Ali Akbarzadeh and Christopher Dollar Starring: Lawrence Lessig, Tim Wu, Peter Ludlow The concept of ‘net neutrality’ was something I had heard mentioned a few times, but had no idea of the meaning. It seemed…

KITE [2014]

Originally written for: Directed by Ralph Ziman, Written by Yasuomi Umetsu (original anime), Brian Cox (screenplay)   Starring: India Eisley, Jaco Muller, Annabel Linder, Samuel L. Jackson From the opening scenes the world of South Africa, through this movie’s tinted glasses, is presented to us…

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