Mini Review - The Immigrant
The Immigrant (out Sep 25) is the 1920s tale of a Polish woman who flees her home country and tries to make a new life in the United States. It's a little slow and a few moments feels over-dramatised but there's still a lot to like about this film - including the quality cast and beautiful cinematography. Grade: B.
Mini Review - The Equalizer
The Equalizer (out Sep 25) stars the ageless Denzel Washington as some kind of crime fighting, corruption stopping hero who is void of emotion. The film starts promisingly (there's intrigue) but loses its way in the second half. You can't tell a story this goofy/ridiculous with such a serious tone. Grade: C+.
Mini Review - The Skeleton Twins
The Skeleton Twins (out Sep 25) is a dark comedy that draws on themes such as suicide, depression and child abuse. Kristen Wiig and Bill Hader star as two middle aged siblings struggling to find happiness. Wasn't convinced by the ending but enjoyed sharing the journey with these characters. Grade: B+.
Mini Review - The Little Death
The Little Death (out Sep 25) is like Love Actually in the sense that's a group of interwoven short stories that blend comedy and drama. The catch is that it's centred on sexual fetishes. It's taking chances and there's a great final sequence (involving a deaf man) but some of the darker moments don't work. The characters stop acting like “real people” and the humour doesn’t feel natural. Grade: B-.
Mini Review - The Boxtrolls
The Boxtrolls (out Sep 18) is a stop-motion animated feature from the company who also made Coraline and ParaNorman. It may be too complex for very young children but it feels "fresher" and more original than other animated features we've seen of late. A young boy is taken in by a small community of trolls who then work together to stop a nasty villain. Grade: B+.
Mini Review - Sin City: A Dame To Kill For
Sin City: A Dame To Kill For (out Sep 18) is similar to the original in that it is based on a comic book, weaves three short stories together, is shot in black and white, features a big cast, and is dominated by special effects. I loved the original but this time around, the narration is overdone and the stories aren’t as captivating. Powers Boothe my pick of the cast. Grade: B-.
Mini Review - The Maze Runner
The Maze Runner (out Sep 18) can be enjoyed for two reasons. Firstly, it's a cool, intriguing mystery about some teenagers trapped in a giant maze. Who built it? Why are they there? Secondly, there's an interesting dynamic between the characters. Not all get along and it's very Lord Of The Flies-esque. Shot for just $30m, this film held my attention all the way through. Grade: A-.
Mini Review - Wish I Was Here
Wish I Was Here (out Sep 18) is the latest from writer-director Zach Braff (Garden State). He plays a struggling actor trying to balance his own priorities with those of his wife, kids, brother and dying father. There are some nice father & son moments late in the film but aside, I struggled to grasp onto Braff's central character. Grade: B-.
Matt's Weekly 612ABC Podcast
You can hear me review the latest movies every Thursday at 6:40am with Spencer Howson on 612ABC Brisbane. We're Brisbane's highest rated breakfast show! My latest podcasts are below.
|Podcast from 25 Sep 2014|
|- Reviewing The Little Death & The Skeleton Twins|
|Podcast from 18 Sep 2014|
|- Reviewing The Maze Runner & Sin City 2|
|Podcast from 11 Sep 2014|
|- Reviewing The Giver & chatting to Brenton Thwaites|
|Podcast from 4 Sep 2014|
|- Reviewing Boyhood & What We Do In The Shadows|
|Podcast from 28 Aug 2014|
|- Reviewing Felony & Magic In The Moonlight|