Jamie Kennedy's favorite movie review site
Home Reviews  Articles  Release Dates Coming Soon  DVD  Top 20s Criticwatch  Search
Public Forums  Festival Coverage  Contests About 
Advertisement

Latest Reviews

Phantom Thread by Rob Gonsalves

Vazante by Rob Gonsalves

Big Fish & Begonia by Jay Seaver

Claire's Camera by Jay Seaver

Let the Corpses Tan by Jay Seaver

Queen of Hollywood Blvd, The by Jay Seaver

Rampage (2018) by Peter Sobczynski

You Were Never Really Here by Peter Sobczynski

Gemini by Jay Seaver

Death of Stalin, The by Jay Seaver

Quiet Place, A by Peter Sobczynski

Blockers by Peter Sobczynski

Theta Girl, The by Jay Seaver

Pin Cushion by Jay Seaver

Star Wars: Episode VIII : The Last Jedi by Rob Gonsalves

Ready Player One by Jay Seaver

Journey's End by Rob Gonsalves

Ready Player One by Peter Sobczynski

My Name is Myeisha by Jay Seaver

Isle of Dogs by Peter Sobczynski

subscribe to this feed

This Week in Capsule Reviews - 13/08/13
by Daniel Kelly

Only God Forgives – B+

Smouldering hotbox of a film from “Drive” director Nicolas Winding-Refn, “Only God Forgives” suffers from matters of inaccessibility, but thrives in the company of those who can engage with its testy aesthetic and narrative nothingness. It’s a film of supreme moodiness, lit in dangerous reds and backed by daunting black spaces, with characters defined by action and belief, rather than oneness with any sort of identifiable reality. Absolution of sin and the hunt for justice power the basic storytelling faculties, whilst performers Ryan Gosling, Vithaya Pansringarm and especially Kristen Scott Thomas as a seedy matriarch, hold the fort with subdued strength. You could potentially accuse Refn of occasionally becoming overly absorbed in questions of style and meaning at the expense of coherent rapport with his audience, but it’s a small price to pay for something so striking and deeply memorable. Much like Refn’s previous features, “Only God Forgives” is laced with harsh violence, albeit the bloodshed is communicated with depth and artistry.


Much Ado about Nothing – B

Cheerful Shakespearean romp from Joss Whedon, which benefits from his lightness of touch and talent for casting. The film’s rich black and white palette subtly disguises its budgetary restrictions, as do does the presence of a lovely setting (modern Hollywood housing as provided by Monsieur Whedon) and a group of competent actors who appear to be having a lot of fun. Honours the source material craftily by retaining the sound of its author’s writing, but is gifted a modern tweak thanks to the director’s mischievous sense of humour. As self-important Benedick, Alexis Denisof is the scene-stealer, although Whedon favourites Fran Kranz, Nathan Fillion and Clark Gregg also get moments to shine.

Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa – B

Legendary British TV character makes his way to bigger screens with pleasingly above average results. Steve Coogan applies enough affection to his reappraisal of Norfolk Radio DJ Alan Partridge to gift proceedings a healthy glow of nostalgia, without relying on old jokes. It’s the same figure, just in a different era, and that general gist is enough to see Partridge through his first (and likely only) cinematic foray. Director Declan Lowney never manages to eclipse the character’s TV origins visually, but there are plenty of giggles to be had here, many of which support a refreshingly smart voice. Good, solid fun.


link directly to this feature at http://www.hollywoodbitchslap.com/feature.php?feature=3575
originally posted: 08/13/13 12:03:50
[printer] printer-friendly format

Home Reviews  Articles  Release Dates Coming Soon  DVD  Top 20s Criticwatch  Search
Public Forums  Festival Coverage  Contests About 
Privacy Policy | | HBS Inc. |   
All data and site design copyright 1997-2017, HBS Entertainment, Inc.
Search for
reviews features movie title writer/director/cast