The Rover

8/10

The new dystopian film from Dir. David Michôd is really gritty and manly! Some have unfairly dismissed the film as a Mad Max carbon copy but that is far from the truth. Yes the film has similar themes and location(Australia) but the story is quite different. I must say the casting was superb as was the acting, I might go out on a limb and say this has been some of  the greatest acting Guy Pearce has done since Memento. Robert Pattinson does quite well too in the film, different then much of his previous roles. Throughout the film Guy Pearce’s character is on a brutal search for his stolen car which leads him to meet Pattinson’s character. The details of why Pearce wants the car so bad is what keeps the story going throughout the runtime. Worth a watch for a nice lonely evening.

Palo Alto

6/10

I finally got around to seeing newcomer Dir. Gia Coppola’s debut film, which I had been following the development of since last year. Needless to say from the bts footage to the family name she dons from, I was quite excited for this film. After watching the film though I was left a little depressed and unfulfilled, throughout the entire run time of the film it sets up these very melodramatic characters & events that are just so un-relatable. The ending of the film is what really threw me off, so many things just left unanswered and leaves you feeling that the experience was incomplete. The film’s cinematography however is beautiful and dreamy, Gia was definitely taking some tips from her aunt. Overall its a great effort for a first film personally. 

if....

if….

9/10

“One man can change the world with a bullet in the right place.” echos the words spoken by Mick Travis the anti-hero of this chaotic portrait of Britains’ boarding school. “if….” can almost be seen as an angry anti-establishment nonconformist handbook. Though this film is more than three decades old the themes are still just as important as they were when the film was originally released. Mick Travis the main protagonist, is assessed as a everyday man instead of per-say a normal character. We follow Travis and his two friends as they are abused physically and mentally till the point of snapping (which has to be one of the most bold climax of  a film I have ever watched).

Battle of Algiers

9.5/10

The visual style of this film was so revolutionary[at the time] they had to put a disclaimer at the beginning stating that “not one feet” of newsreel was used. An awe-inspiring film in so many ways technical and acting.  Side-note there was only one professional actor hired for the entire film! 

Blue Is the Warmest Colour

10/10

One of my favorite films of 2013! Dir. Abdellatif Kechiche has this very beautiful way of directing which is letting the actresses breathe. Besides the amazingly humanistic script about love, the cinematography is what really grabbed me. The film comes in at a lengthy three hours which may scare some but I promise the film is so intriguing that you’ll wish it doesn’t end (or at least that is how I felt).