Ten Tiny Reviews, Volume Two.

  1. 20,000 Days On Earth (2014)
    9/10
    This film is brilliant: experimental documentary at it’s best. Interesting conversations with unusual people in amazing settings, all set around a well-told abstract narrative.
  2. Million Dollar Arm (2014)
    5/10
    I actually can’t remember if i finished this film. It’s not the worst film you’ll ever see, but it’s boring, patronising and lacks both charm and interest.
  3. Hail, Caesar! (2015)
    10/10
    Absolutely great, particularly if you know about movie making or enjoy old hollywood films. All the performances are charming and convincing; the sets, costumes and humour are all brilliant. So clever and entertaining, it’s the Cohen brothers at their best.
  4. Joy (2015)
    9/10

    This is not everyone’s cup of tea, but it certainly is mine. A brilliant use of abstract realism, it’s an inspiring biographical story of an entrepreneur which focuses more on the hardship than the triumph and has plenty of stressful moments. It feels like a dream and yet so gritty and raw at the same time. Again, great performances.
  5. War Room (2015)
    7.5/10
    This is not a big budget film, and it’s one aimed at a Christian audience – although I’d recommend that anyone can watch it. It has an incredible message and does a good job of condensing complex human, spiritual and relational issues into a neat narrative without oversimplifying or glossing over them. A unique approach and worth a watch.
  6. Mad Max: Fury Road 
    9/10
    This film is so exciting, the look is unique and so is the soundscape. It’ll have you on the edge of your seat the whole time, immersed in this post appocalyptic wasteland with a glimmer of hope that is literally being raced towards. I loved it.
  7. The Longest Yard (2005)
    2/10
    This is just the worst. I couldn’t finish it. It’s not endearing, it’s unoriginal, and it’s not funny.
  8. Zoolander 2 (2015)
    7/10
    Just after the opening sequence there is one of the best pieces of exposition I’ve seen in any film – a hilarious catch up done through news bulletins – it’s worth watching just for that. This film is a mixture of some hilarious jokes that are pretty much up to the standard of the first film, with a whole bunch of b-grade and vulgar silliness. It’s funny to see Zealander in the context of 2015/6 – some pretty funny observational humour is used.
  9. Erin Brokovich (2000)
    9/10
    This is one of my favourites. Julia Roberts is one of those actors that I always think I don’t like, and then I watch her in a film and remember how great she is. This is a wonderful story and it is really well told. Aaron Eckhart’s character and performance are real highlights.
  10. Daddy’s Home (2015)
    7/10

    This is a funny one if you don’t get your expectations too high and just enjoy the jokes. It’s nice seeing Will Ferrel in this dorky role and Mark Wahlberg is great too. The film is nicely made and there’s lots of funny moments.

 

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