Will Ferrell & Adam McKay: Comedic Genius

Comedy is a challenging form. For every hundred attempts made at producing something that might be considered funny to a commercially significant audience, only a dozen might be lucky/good enough to succeed. Of those that do succeed, only a minuscule number prove to be worthy enough to produce laughs more than a few years on.…

By James Curnow

Lincoln (trailer)

I’m not too sure about this one. The idea of seeing an Abraham Lincoln biopic is very appealing, but does it really have to be Spielberg? While Spielberg is a great director for entertaining blockbusters, I still have a bad taste from the very naff, Saving Private Ryan (DISCLAIMER: Yes, the first thirty minutes were…

By James Curnow

Adeline: A short film about demons

I recently came across this very effective short film from director, Joseph Arnone, and thought I’d share it with you. Adeline is a wonderfully concise portrayal of a poet’s emotional turmoil as she deals with her inner-demons. Effectively mixing elements of surrealism, melodrama and horror with an almost Victorian sense of emotional isolation, Arnone manages to capture…

By James Curnow

Dirty Harry: The quiet apologies of Clint Eastwood

Clint Eastwood has always been a paradoxical guy. Throughout his entire life he has presented himself as a bizarre point of convergence for seemingly contradictory liberal and conservative ideals. He is a man whose cinematic endeavours have oscillated between almost fascistic or misogynistic perspectives (High Plains Drifter, The Beguiled) and seemingly progressive views on the…

By James Curnow