November 20, 2012 4
Dispirited by a bunch of "historical" Hollywood movies that rampantly fudge the facts, I set out to spend an entire day at the cinema wallowing in 100% escapism. This is the story of how my best laid plans went horribly wrong.
October 31, 2012 6
Early buzz suggests Argo, director/star Ben Affleck's entertaining "historical" thriller, has a good shot at the top prizes come awards season next year. Here's why Hollywood should not reward it with an Oscar.
March 10, 2011 1
Comparisons between Jason Reitman’s Up in the Air (2009) and writer/director John Wells’ The Company Men are inevitable. Both revolve around the dark side of corporate life, where desperate people lose their jobs and their livelihood, but take starkly different approaches: the former a droll dramedy following a man who fires people for a living […]
October 18, 2010 1
Sometime during the embryonic stages of Ben Affleck’s career, the actor-cum-co-writer-cum-director pulled off – whether he meant to do it or not – one masterful impersonation of a lost puppy. Perhaps this was performed during an animal themed acting class improv exercise; perhaps the hot water had ran out at his place; perhaps Affleck had […]
May 22, 2009 14
State of Play is an investigatory drama about reporters doing the sorts of things cinematic journalism inevitably entails – unravelling high profile sex scandals, busting shady politicians, banging together apocalyptic headlines, following leads into dark underground car parks etcetera etcetera – and it’s set in those oxygen-draining, paper-producing days at the beginning of the end […]