Interview: Daniel Patrick Carbone, Hide Your Smiling Faces

Daniel Patrick Carbone

Hide Your Smiling Faces, a detailed and compelling American coming-of-age drama, marks the feature debut for writer and director Daniel Patrick Carbone. Last week, I – acting on behalf of Centrefolds & Empty Screens – was lucky enough to speak to Daniel over the phone about where the inspiration came from, his thoughts on his filmmaking experience and how it was to shoot a scene with a real-life bear. Continue reading

Review: Hide Your Smiling Faces (2013)

Hide Your Smiling Faces

New Jersey-born writer and director Daniel Patrick Carbone has crafted a stunning, mostly dialogue-free directorial debut in Hide Your Smiling Faces. Eric (Nathan Varnson) and Tommy (Ryan Jones) spend their summer running riot: swimming and wrestling in their rural community. But when a dead body is found down by the river, the mood changes, and the boys are forced to confront the fragility of life. Continue reading

Review: Guardians Of The Galaxy (2014)

Guardians Of The Galaxy

With a line of successful franchises already set up, Marvel take a risk with their latest, Guardians Of The Galaxy, a largely unknown comic book property. It’s safe to say their bet has paid off, with director James Gunn delivering a ludicrously entertaining space-set adventure that fizzles with humour, rat-a-tat interplay and marvellous action set pieces. Continue reading

Review: Joe (2013)

Joe

Nicolas Cage’s career bears many similarities to a see-saw in that one minutes it’s up (The Bad Lieutenant: Port Of Call – New Orleans) and the next it’s down (Trespass). Joe, his latest film that teams him up with director David Gordon Green, is definitely one of the former. Joe (Nicolas Cage), an ex-con whose determined to keep his violent past in the past, crosses paths with Gary (Tye Sheridan), a 15-year-old boy with problems of his own. Continue reading

Review: Earth To Echo (2014)

Earth To Echo

Earth To Echo, Dave Green’s feature debut, is an admirable attempt to replicate the classic family adventures of the 80s. Instead, what’s delivered is an uneven mishaps that lacks heart, soul and, most importantly, originality. Forced to leave their neighbourhood, friends Tuck (Brian Bradley), Alex (Teo Halm) and Munch (Reece Hartwig) spend one last night together. Continue reading

Review: The House Of Magic 3D (2013)

The House Of Magic

With films like Fly Me To The Moon and A Turtle’s Tale: Sammy’s Adventures already under it’s belt, Belgium’s nuWave Pictures makes its best film yet with The House Of Magic, a 3D animated adventure that boasts dazzling visual flourishes and character creations, but not much else. When indoor cat Thunder (Murray Blue) is abandoned, he seeks shelter in a mysterious house owned by an old magician (Doug Stone) and his wacky playmates. Continue reading

Review: Snowpiercer (2013)

Snowpiercer

Well known for pushing boundaries across his films, Bong Joon-ho makes a tremendous splash with his English-language debut Snowpiercer. Entrapped within a perpetually moving train thanks to a climate change deterrent-turned-icy, the lower class, led by Curtis (Chris Evans), start an uprising in a bid to overturn a dictatorial system that has left them impoverished. Continue reading