The Comeback Trail Director: George Gallo Cloudburst Entertainment / March On Productions One of the worst things about this Pandemic Year is that shite films arrive with hype and fanfare since it’s hard work getting people to the cinemas, and/or there hasn’t been anything new for ages, and/or marketing hacks gotta live. (Apparently).
The Irishman Director: Martin Scorsese Tribeca Productions, Sikella Productions, Winkler Films / Netflix A standing ovation for the victory lap. That seems to be the decision. Scorsese’s The Irishman, a bloated, mostly boring mini-series of a movie is the final full-stop (actually it’s a meandering dot-dot-dot) on his 50-year fascination with gangster stories.
Joker Director: Todd Phillips Warner Bros. Pictures/DC Films/Join Effort/Bron Creative/Village Roadshow Pictures There’s very little to unpack about Joker – unless you’re fascinated by the idea that a potentially compelling mental-health/system’s broken/America’s burning riff had to be hidden inside a comic book anti-hero/super-villain origin story. Anyone thinking that it’s a piece of Trojan Horse brilliance […]
The Wellington Film Society’s program for 2018 is about to get underway. This year the films will be screened on Monday nights, from 6.15pm on the giant Embassy screen. And the opening night’s film is Brazil, a classic from Terry Gilliam.
Remembering The Artist: Robert De Niro, Sr Directors: Perri Peltz/Geeta Gandbhir G2P2 Films/HBO Documentary Films/Tribeca Productions Made as tribute and with just a hint of set-the-story-straight/let’s-get-this-name-out-there Remembering The Artist: Robert De Niro, Sr is the story of the actor Robert De Niro’s father. Robert De Niro, Sr was an artist – part of the “New […]
American Hustle Director: David O. Russell Columbia Pictures Perhaps the greatest trick this film plays is that it has conned its audience either way, polarising to create gushing rave reviews and awards on the one hand and strange – almost nonsensical scorn on the other. People seem to either loathe or love this movie and […]