Blog: All Things Film – Southpaw (2015) Reviewed

Blog: All Things Film – Southpaw (2015) Reviewed

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Visiting the IMDb’s trivia section after seeing the film makes so much sense. This boxing melodrama starring Jake Gyllenhaal has been written by Kurt Sutter (Sons of Anarchy and The Shield) and has its roots buried deep as a sort of parochial follow-up to Eminem’s 8 Mile, with Marshall Mathers in the lead role.

Yes, this makes sense. Of course it does. Directed by Antoine Fuqua so soon after The Equalizer and Olympus Has Fallen, Southpaw seems rushed and buried at its own disposal. The trailers reveal a mighty grit to the endeavour. It’s far too sloshy and miserable in general.

Sure, Gyllenhaal is very good in the lead role; clearly putting a lot of physical effort in to the recently bereaved and tormented fighter. The problem is that there’s no-one to root for. The culprit here is Sutter, who writes as if he’s eight years old with a crayon. The beats can be seen a mile off. It’s riches to rags to riches. Absolutely no surprises anywhere. It says something when your onscreen daughter manages to outshine you – Oona Laurence from Penny Dreadful is a scarily good actor and has a bright future ahead of her.

Everyone else is either wasted, appears too late to make much of a difference, or, worst still, phoning in their performance (McAdams, Whitaker and Fiddy Cent respectively). The film, much like its star character, has an almost regressive modular existence. It’s far too preoccupied with immediate stealth, and resolution – blindsided by its own narrow field of vision when it comes to justice. The set up is third-rate bait material. The closure is not any better.

It’s simply a piss poor film.


Author: Andrew Mackay


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Blog: Nightcrawler – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Any other year NightCrawler would easily have been my film of the year.   From a stunning central performance by Jake Gyllenhaal (and Russo for that matter) to some of the most stunning cinematography this year, Nightcrawler not only delivers on it’s promise but goes well beyond.  In the 70’s we had taxi Driver, in the 90’s Bad Lieutenant and now we have Nightcrawler. A must see.

Best Bit: Gyllenhaal

Buy, Rent, Stream, Borrow: Buy

If You Liked this Try: Taxi Driver, Bad Lieutenant, Whiplash 


Author: Phil Hobden

Phil’s End Of Year Awards 2014

Phil’s End Of Year Awards 2014

Quick Review Year In Review

So 2014 is almost over and it’s that time a year again where everyone reflects back on their best and worst films of the year. So we’ve covered our best and our worst films of 2014, so before we look at the films coming up in 2015 here’s my ‘Alternative’ End of Year Awards for 2015…

Alternate Film Of The Year…
Sharknado 2

Surprise of The Year…
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles… It didn’t suck!

Performance Of The Year…
Jake Gyllenhaal, Night Crawler

Just Fuck Off and Die Award…

Michael Bay

Trailer Of The Year Award…
Mad Max Fury Road


The Emperors New Clothes Award…
American Hustle.


That Came Out This Year… Damn.  Totally Forgot
Robocop Remake


They gave the Oscar to WHAT? Award for 2014…
Best Cinematography for Gravity


The Poof That Award Shows Suck Award…
NOTHING for Sons Of Anarchy at the Emmy Awards. Again.


The Poof That Award Shows DONT Suck Award…
American Hustle didn’t win anything at the Oscars.

Best TV Show of 2014…
The Newsroom


The will probably be the Worst Film of 2015 Award (Seen it but not released until next year)…
He who Dares 2: Downing Street Down


Films That SHOULD have been on my 2013 List’s but I Hadn’t Seen…
The Place Beyond The Pines & Sunshine On Leith
Next time: Phil’s Look at 2015 and a look back at my 2014 predictions…