Film Reviews

21 Apr 19
Earthworks Journals

We don’t watch a great deal of television here at Earthworks. We have a TV near the workbench and once in a while we’ll have a film on in the background. We often listen to audiobooks while we’re working but, more often than not, you’ll find me and Samantha listening to music while we’re making […]

21 Apr 19
Technology Arena

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21 Apr 19
3AW
WONDER PARK *** (85 minutes) PG Here’s an enjoyable, brightly animated, somewhat surreal adventure about a fabulous thrill-ride theme park populated by larger-than-life talking animals, all of which exists inside the fertile imagination of a little girl, June (Brianna Denski). In the real world she likes building parts of her elaborate park with her mother (Jennifer Garner) and her friends, no matter how much damage they cause. But joy leaks out of the enterprise when June’s mum falls gravely ill. She loses all interest in her imaginary creation, only to discover during a walk in the country that the park actually does exist through what appears to be a portal to another dimension. It’s here she meets all manner of talking critters who tell her of the Park’s demise due to a cloud called “The Darkness” and the marauding of thousands of blank-faced “chimpanzombies’, who destroy all in their path. If you’re starting to think the film was written by a child psychologist, you’re not alone. Though the film’s copious flash and dazzle will please kids, there’s an awful lot of subtext going on here about facing your fear. This is coupled with some pretty stark, nightmarish imagery involving the zombie-chimps, so take the film’s PG rating seriously. An unfortunate footnote to the film is that its director, Dylan Brown, a former Pixar artist making his feature debut here, has no credit on the film. This is because late in post-production when the film was virtually finished, Paramount received complaints about “inappropriate and unwanted conduct”. Upon investigation, Brown was fired and his name stripped from the credits. This followed an earlier incident in which actor Jeffrey Tambor (The Larry Sanders Show; Arrested Development; Transparent) was replaced by Ken Hudson Campbell because of his troubled conduct record. It’ll be interesting to track what effect this now has on Brown’s career. It looks bad, yet Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gun was fired from the third film in 2018 over a bunch of old tweets, only to be rehired in  March this year after Disney copped a huge backlash from cast members and media outlets. Maybe he’ll be blessed by the same luck.    THE AFTERMATH *** (108 minutes) MA The nostalgic aura of old-fashioned wartime romances envelopes this fine, engaging, handsomely produced drama, spiced by an uncommon setting and top-self performances. With the husk of a shattered Berlin as a backdrop, the end of the war in Europe brings together proud British officer Lewis Morgan (Jason Clarke) and his wife Rachael (Keira Knightley). Happy and eager to resume the intimacy of marriage, they are gifted a magnificent mansion in the unscarred countryside, away from all the bomb craters and mounds of rubble. The one fly in the ointment: they have to share the house with the previous German owners, Stefan Lubert (Alexander Skarsgard) and his withdrawn daughter Freda (Flora Thiemann). Morgan’s job is to help rebuild Berlin and re-establish order, which calls for some un-soldierly conduct; Rachel’s job, it seems, is to support her husband and the sanctity of their marriage while patiently awaiting the return of passion to their love life. This is slow in coming, and leads to inevitable temptation. Though set immediately after the German surrender, the war still flickers as defiant remnants of the Third Reich target Allied soldiers as gestures of defiance. This adds tension to the piece, as does the largely unspoken tragedy that haunts the couple. Performances are sterling throughout, but it is Clarke who stands out as a man of honour who can nonetheless be struck down by a spear of emotion, with one particular scene likely to make your heart break. Though predictable, this is a fine, satisfying drama for adults who enjoy their storytelling at a moderate pace.   PET SEMATARY ***1/2 (98 minutes) MA Sometimes, you’ve just got to let things go. That’s the message that comes through loud-and-clear once all the mayhem has died down in this superb, updated adaptation of the 1983 Stephen King novel. Moving to a nice, quiet rural town, Dr Louis Creed (Jason Clarke) hopes for a quiet life with wife Rachel (Amy Seimetz), daughter Ellie (Jete Laurence), toddler Gage and their loving cat, ominously named Church. Working near the local campus, Creed is made aware of creepy goings on regarding the makeshift pet cemetery and the nearby Indian burial ground. Says the local elder (John Lithgow), who has grown fond of Ellie, bury something you love in its sacred soil and it could return to you from the grave – only a little changed. With terrific, taut direction by Kevin Kolsch and Dennis Widmyer, Pet Sematary is a top-notch nail-biter, dripping with atmosphere and boasting a host of creepy tropes expertly deployed to maximise a thick ambience of hope mixed with dread –  a lethal combination, to be sure. There was pretty good film made in 1989, directed by Mary Lambert and written by Stephen King, who had begun getting involved in film adaptations of his work after being disappointed by films such as The Shining and Children of the Corn. Fine as it was, the new version plays a very straight bat, avoiding some of the cheesy touches so redolent of the 1980s. It’s certainly a much better film, scarier, and deadly serious when it comes to confronting the issue of wanting things to go back to being the way they were. Sometimes, that ain’t such a good idea.   HELLBOY *** (121 minutes) R Though there was no real call for it – as shown by its dire box office performance in the US –  this reboot of 2004’s Hellboy isn’t such a bad time-killer, with all the requisite pseudo-mythical mumbo-jumbo, wisecracks and comic-book ultra-violence (hence the questionable R-rating, which was upheld by the Review Board). Our reformed demon (David Harbour, under several kilos of demonic make-up – sans horns, of course) has been tasked with preventing the return of the evil Blood Queen (Milla Jovovich). The jokes are still there, thankfully, as director Neil Marshall (The Descent; Game of Thrones) unleashes several impressive VFX tornadoes to an ear-splitting soundtrack. Fans will know what to expect, and will enjoy. Any hope that this film will inspire a series, though, is pretty remote.   DESTROYER ***1/2 (121 minutes) MA When the history of this generation’s most accomplished actresses is written, Nicole Kidman will easily stand out as one of the bravest and most daring if her performance in Destroyer is anything to go by. It’s a solid crime thriller boosted by a terrifically tortured central turn. As LA detective Erin Bell, Kidman plays a gruff, alcoholic, vengeful has-been, cursed by an undercover operation that went horribly wrong. She’s on the last rung before a total collapse: she has no friends left on the force and the only good thing in her life, her daughter Shelby (Jade Pettyjohn), is spiteful and resentful towards her after years of neglect. The discovery of a murdered body on the paved slopes of the LA River sets Bell on the hunt for criminal kingpin Silas (Toby Kebbell) who has apparently returned to town. Bell’s investigation involves some ugly scenes, including exchanging a sexual favour for a lead and literally beating information out of a wealthy criminal operator who proves unco-operative. With little concern for making her anti-heroine particularly likeable, director Karyn Kusama (Girlfight; Aeon Flux; Jennifer’s Body) gives good balance to the professional and personal demons eating away at what’s left of Bell’s soul. Her journey, much of which is told in flashback, also includes a tense action sequence in which she happens upon a group of heavily armed crims on their way to rob a bank. Amidst all the film’s grit and realism, Bell is clearly in need of redemption, at whatever cost. She’s determined to prove to herself that she’s not the wasted person others make her out to be. It’s a great character arc that leads to a very well-executed finale where Bell’s beaten and bruised character has a chance to find some measure of solace and closure.
21 Apr 19
filmsbyq4u

Let’s talk about the title. Viking Destiny. Viking. Destiny. Not ‘A Viking’s Destiny’ or ‘Destiny of the Viking’. Viking Destiny. Is it about the destiny of the Viking people? Well, it sort of is. Let me explain, even if it does not explain, satisfactorily, the terrible title.

21 Apr 19
RISE OF THE ZOMBIE HOOLIGAN FILMS

3 out of 10 REVIEW COMING SOON Release date: 1st January 2019 (Streaming) Director: Ross Boyask (Vengeance 2 / Warrioress / Ten Dead Men / Left For Dead) Cast: Stu Bennett, Gary Daniels, Bryan Larkin, Anna Shaffer, Sapphire Elia, Alan Calton, Fleur Keith, Mark Griffin, Wayne Gordon, Barbara Smith, James Fisher, David Wayman, Orion Lee, […]

21 Apr 19
Grab the Lapels

I have five books in progress. What could go wrong?!

21 Apr 19
The Fiction Of Relationships

In many ways, this is an extraordinary book. It is the debut novel from a talented young writer with impeccable credentials (Oxford, Harvard) and has been widely acclaimed. It is ambitious in its scope in terms both of geography and time, akin to a sprawling Russian novel where the plot is handed onto new characters […]

21 Apr 19
Wondering How You Get Bed Bugs

Article writer-Balling Jacobson If you have insects in your home, then you don’t want to hesitate on calling a pest control service to eliminate them before things get worse. The problem is, there are so many pest control services that it can be hard to find one that will get the job done. Here is […]

21 Apr 19
Have you watched that film?

A Cinema of Contrasts  Blue and Yellow. These are the two colors Luca Guadagnino plays within his 2017 masterpiece, “Call me by your name”. He paints the celluloid with a constant mix of these colors. Yellow is the summer, the meeting, the first love, the youth, the naïveté of Elio and the sophistication of Oliver, […]

21 Apr 19
SS NEWS

Kalank Box Office: Varun Dhawan-Alia Bhatt Film Earns Rs 50 Crore in 4 Days  News18 Kalank box office day 4: Alia Bhatt, Varun Dhawan film earns estimated Rs 56 crore, Rs 100 weekend …  Hindustan Times ‘Kalank’ box-office collection Day 4: Alia Bhatt and Varun Dhawan starrer grosses Rs 9.25 crore on Satur  Times of India Kalank movie […]

21 Apr 19
Georgia Belle

I travelled to Prague for 5 days, back in February. I remember hearing about it as a common stag do location and didn’t really think much of visiting, until I saw a couple of youtubers videos of their trips there. It looked really beautiful and as I’ve started being a lot more ‘I don’t care […]

15 Apr 19
The Cinephile

  They weren’t wrong when they said that writing the introduction post was the hardest part of the blog, but here goes: To me, cinema is more than just entertainment. It’s in our blood, and many of us are raised upon film. It’s all around us, and it inspires our personality, culture, knowledge, and mind. […]

15 Apr 19
The Cinephile

Welcome to The Cinephile, my own space for cinematic ramblings, reviews, and all things film. I started working on this project due to my limitless love for cinema and all of it’s wonders and experiences that teach and inspire me. The idea has resonated with me ever since I gained a voice in discussing and […]