Further Thoughts On 12 Years A Slave

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A couple of week’s back, I saw 12 Years A Slave as part of a Scottish press screening event. I’d read a lot about the film, had come to be a Steve McQueen admirer on the back of his previous films Hunger and Shame, and was a fan of many of the actors the film sported. So, it came as a bit of a surprise to me that, even though I liked the film a lot and felt Steve McQueen achieved exactly what he wanted to achieve (a forceful, no-holds-barred depiction of slavery like we haven’t seen before), I couldn’t help but feel underwhelmed.  Continue reading “Further Thoughts On 12 Years A Slave”

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Review: Killing Them Softly (2012)

Frankie (Scoot McNairy) and Russell (Ben Mendelsohn), two cocksure yet inexperienced crooks, are hired by Johnny (Vincent Curatola), aka The Squirrel, to carry out a hit on a local high-stakes poker game being run by Markie Trattman (Ray Liotta), a mob boss known for robbing one of his own games in the past. Figuring they’re covered, Frankie and Russell return to their respective lives, unaware that enforcer Jackie Cogan (Brad Pitt) has been called in by an unknown Continue reading “Review: Killing Them Softly (2012)”

Penélope Cruz Circling Ridley Scott’s The Counselor

Penélope Cruz (Volver) is circling a role in The Counselor, a dramatic thriller penned by author-turned-screenwriter Cormac McCarthy, THR has revealed.

Cruz, who won an Academy Award for her role in Woody Allen’s Vicky Cristina Barcelona, will star opposite Michael Fassbender, Brad Pitt, Javier Bardem and Angelina Jolie in what’s being described as “dialogue-heavy, violent and racy”.

The Counselor centers on an attorney (Fassbender) who finds himself caught up Continue reading “Penélope Cruz Circling Ridley Scott’s The Counselor”

Poster: The Tree Of Life

Director – Terrence Malick

Starring – Brad Pitt, Sean Penn, Jessica Chastain and Kari Matchett