Review: Rock Of Ages (2012)

Sherrie (Julianne Hough) arrives in Los Angeles as an incautious dreamer. However, when she’s mugged and left with only $17 to her name, she’s left dishearted by the place she’s dreamt of since her tender years. Thankfully, she’s saved by the equally ambitious Drew (Diego Boneta) and lead to steady work at the famous Bourbon Rooms. However, when the Mayor’s wife (Catherine Zeta-Jones) starts scheming to shut down the rock ‘n roll venue for good, her idol – Continue reading “Review: Rock Of Ages (2012)”

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Review: Cosmopolis (2012)

Upon waking up one morning, Eric Packer (Robert Pattinson), a 29-year-old businessman, decides he needs a haircut. Riding in his white limousine through the streets and suburbs of New York City, Eric comes into contact with all manner of commodities, not least his own innately fractured mind, leading to contemplation, suspense and destruction.

Adapted by writer and director David Cronenberg from Don DeLillo’s divisive novel, Cosmopolis is an introspective, effusive affair about Eric’s own wavering Continue reading “Review: Cosmopolis (2012)”

Cosmopolis Poised For June 15 Release In The U.K.

Cosmopolis has been scheduled for a U.K. release on June 15, Launching Films has revealed.

The film, written and directed by iconic cult filmmaker David Cronenberg (Eastern Promises), is based on Don DeLillo’s novel of the same name and stars Robert Pattinson, Jay Baruchel, Paul Giamatti, Juliette Binoche, Samantha Continue reading “Cosmopolis Poised For June 15 Release In The U.K.”

Review: Win Win (2011)

From the studio that brought us awards darling Little Miss Sunshine comes an offbeat sports comedy-drama from upcoming writer/director Thomas McCarthy, starring Paul Giamatti, Amy Ryan and newcomer Alex Shaffer.

The film centers on Mike Flaherty (Giamatti), a disheartened attorney and high school wrestling coach, who stumbles across a star athlete (Shaffer) through some questionable business dealings while trying to support his family. Just as it looks like he will get a double payday, the boy’s mother (Melanie Lynskey) shows up fresh from rehab and flat broke, threatening to derail everything.

McCarthy specialises in light humanism: storytelling that features ordinary people facing their relatable existences with an honest realism and finesse that is all too relatable. Win Win is no exception, and it exemplifies this in an extremely dignified and absorbing way, which should – at last – propel McCarthy into the mainstream.

His self-penned screenplay is full of warmth, fully realised characters, witty scenarios and bag fulls of humour – proving that dramedies needn’t have overblown set-pieces or self-conscious scrutiny to have a long-lasting, appeasing affect on their viewers. Even though the narrative splits off in several directions, Mike’s inner-turmoil and devotion to his family and friends remains at the forefront.

Furthermore, the direction is breezy, never overly infringing upon the drama. It perfectly compliments the material, as it lets the characters’ respective predicaments and the astutely criss-cross narrative breathe in a naturalistic and sensible way.

The triumph, however, lies in the casting. Giamatti delivers a wholly warm, genteel and august performance as the emotionally thwarted Matt, which is complimented extraordinarily by Amy Ryan as his benevolent yet overly vigilant wife Jackie.

Both are shamefully underrated actors, and their flawless paring alone – one that effuses a sense of easiness that’s so rarely captured by on-screen couples – undeniably affirms them as strong-willed and vital actors.

The supporting cast, including a pitch-perfect Jeffrey Tambor as Mike’s life-long friend Terry and a note-worthy Lynskey as Kyle’s off the rails mother, hold their own tremendously against the compelling duo.

When it comes to it, though, the real star is newcomer Shaffer. Plucked from obscurity for his naturalistic skill in the wrestling ring, Shaffer delivers a fantastic debut performance as Kyle, owning his scenes in a way that stays with you long after the credits roll. His chemistry with Giamatti glows with warmth and adoration, making their father and son-like dynamic radiate.

Win Win is both a richly engaging and wittily observed human affair that offers consistent offbeat humour, endearing performances and amiable direction.

68th Annual Golden Globe Awards: Winners

Best Motion Picture – Drama

  • The Social Network

Best Performance By An Actress In A Motion Picture – Drama

  • Natalie Portman – (Black Swan)

Best Performance By An Actor In A Motion Picture – Drama

  • Colin Firth – (The King’s Speech)

Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy

  • The Kids Are All Right

Best Performance By An Actress In A Motion Picture – Musical Or Comedy

  • Annette Bening – (The Kids Are All Right)

Best Performance By An Actor In A Motion Picture – Musical Or Comedy

  • Paul Giamatti – (Barney’s Version)

Best Performance By An Actress In A Supporting Role – Motion Picture

  • Melissa Leo – (The Fighter)

Best Performance By An Actor In A Supporting Role – Motion Picture

  • Christian Bale – (The Fighter)

Best Animated Feature Film

  • Toy Story 3

Best Foreign Language Film

  • In A Better World

Best Director – Motion Picture

  • David Fincher – (The Social Network)

Best Screenplay – Motion Picture

  • The Social Network – (Aaron Sorkin)

Best Original Score – Motion Picture

  • The Social Network – (Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross)

Best Original Song – Motion Picture

  • You Haven’t Seen The Last Of Me – (Burlesque)