Tag Archives: 2015 Releases

Blog: All Things Film – The Lobster (2015) Reviewed

This reasonably low-budget indie flick boasts quite an extraordinary cast. There’s Colin Farrell, Rachel Weisz, Ben Whishaw, John C. Reilly, Lea Seydoux, Ashley Jensen, Olivia Coleman… I mean, the list goes on. They’re attracted to co-writer/director Yorgos Lanthimoss script, evidently. Colin Farrell’s meek character David checks himself into a strange hotel where – if you’re single, and remain so after ... Read More »

Blog: All Things Film – Carol (2015) Reviewed

Tedious. Simply cannot be bothered to review this one, other than it’s a slow, drudging affair with some sumptuous set design. The film may as well have been titled “Oscar”, as it’s the only reason any of us have to suffer through it.   Author: Andrew Mackay   To hear more on this review (and others like it) make sure you ... Read More »

Blog: All Things Film – Steve Jobs (2015) Reviewed

Because this movie has been written by AAron Sorkin and directed by Danny Boyle, there’s little denying that Steve Jobs has a frenetic pace, udnercut by a low hum of a score. This is essentially a talky character piece, whereby Michael Fassbender as Jobs can bounce of his aide Kate Winslet and former/current employer Jeff Daniels, and co-conspoirator Steve Wozniak, ... Read More »

Blog: All Things Film – Point Break (2016) Reviewed

I suppose when your first foot concerns itself with being a remake of a much-loved, pant-wetting hard R rated action film, you’re never off to a good start. Whilst sitting through this endlessly tedious remake of the 1991 smash hit, I was reminded of just how far we’ve come. In 1991, there were no CGI effects, and certainly the budget ... Read More »

Blog: All Things Film – Spotlight (2016) Reviewed

Here’s hoping that the year 2016 starts as it means to go on, in terms of drama at the very least. Spotlight boasts a formidable cast in Michael Keaton, Mark Ruffalo, Rachel McAdams and Stanley Tucci – among others – as The Boston Globe’s Spotlight editorial becomes the first major media outlet to uncover an inordinate amount of evidence of ... Read More »

Blog: All Things Film – Room (2015) Reviewed

In the hands of anyone else, Room would have fallen into quite bizarre territory. Not that this humble, gritty story of a young lady holed up in a “room” with her five year-old son isn’t bizarre territory in and of itself, anyway. It won’t be too much of a stretch to suggest why she’s in this “room” in the first ... Read More »

Blog: All Things Film – The Hunting Ground (2015) Reviewed

Director Kirby Dick is responsible for the best documentary of all time (in my view, anyway) and if this all sounds familiar because you’ve read my reviews and heard my thoughts on this topic, then you’ll forgive me for mentioning his 1997 documentary masterpiece “Dick: The Life and Death of Bob Flanagan, Supermasochist”. No film – not even 2014’s Life ... Read More »

Blog: All Things Film – Applesauce (2015) Reviewed

Wow, talk about leaving it to the last minute! I think most resigned 2015 as a year that was less than stellar for movies, and truly, this year is keeping the real gems tucked very safely away. Writer/director Onur Tukel’s Applesauce is the perfect antidote to most of the movies we’ve seen this year; blockbuster nonsense notwithstanding, it’s also a ... Read More »