Monthly Archives February 2014

Film Review: A New York Winter’s Tale

imagesanywt_intl_warm_27x40_1sheetDirected by Avika Goldsman

Starring Colin Farrell, Russell Crowe and Jessica Brown Findlay

This film is insane. And not in the positive 90’s slang interpretation of the word. As in this film has problems with its sanity, a conveyor belt of implausibility so unflinching I almost want to support its existence. For better or worse (almost entirely worse) I haven’t seen a film quite like this before, a film that lovingly pictured itself as a romantic Modern day fairy tale, and instead ended up somewhere in the realms of sleep-deprived acid trip.


Film Review: The Book Thief

TBTDirected by Brian Percival

Starring Sophie Nélisse, Emily Watson & Geoffrey Rush

The Book Thief tells the story of Liesel (Nelisse) , the daughter of Communists who is sent to live with impoverished, kind-hearted house painter Hans Hubermann (Rush) and his surly wife Rosa (Watson) in a fictional German town to hide her from the Nazis who are closing in on her parents.



Competition: Win Mister John on DVD

MISTER JOHN_DVD_2DThe critically acclaimed Mister John is available now on DVD and you know what? You could win it for your collection with the greatest of ease.

Simply head to Twitter and retweet this tweet and you could be in with a chance of winning! This competition will close on Sunday 23rd February at 9pm.

A brooding, beguiling and Lynchian exploration of identity, desire and the lure of the exotic, Mister John is a mesmerising drama from the award-winning directors of Helen. Check out the trailer below:


Film Review: Her

herDirected by Spike Jonze

Starring Joaquin Phoenix, Scarlett Johansson & Amy Adams

One of the many nonsensical mantras I like to roll out for these things is that subject matter is actually irrelevant to quality. I believe this because I’ve seen a cash-in movie based on brightly-coloured Danish bricks become one of the most well-executed Blockbusters in recent memory and numerous biopics of some of the most important people in history become insufferable bores despite their lofty material. When I first heard of the concept for Spike Jonze’s Her, I broke my own rules as my response was to raise the left side of my face in cynical contempt. It sounded like the worst of bad student films, the kind where it’s embarrassing to even be in the room, and while I knew how good Jonze is and that the film would probably end up something in the realms of good, I felt it would be a disappointing movie for someone at the peak of his powers to be making.


DVD Review: Wadjda

wDirected by Haifaa Al-Mansour

Starring Waad Mohammed, Reem Abdullah & Abdullrahman Al Gohani

The brilliant thing about film is that it allows you to gain an insight into different times, places and cultures from the comfort of your own cinema (or sofa) seat. Wadjda is a case in point; in just under two hours, I gleaned all I could from this fascinating interpretation of a culture we in the west hear much but actually know very little about. At the same time, I was completely won over by the heart-warming yet intriguing story of a little girl who just wants to ride a bike.


Film Review: Only Lovers Left Alive

only_lovers_left_alive_ver3Directed by Jim Jarmusch

Starring Tom Hiddleston, Tilda Swinton & Mia Wasikowska

Jim Jarmusch’s latest project caters to quite a narrow margin, and those belonging to that margin will suck it up with a ferocious thirst. Those outside this demographic may look on with glazed eyes with the feeling that two hours have just been drained by a sluggishly paced, tonally indecisive take on an over-populated  sub-genre.



Film Review: The Monuments Men

the-monuments-men-poster02Directed by George Clooney

Starring George Clooney, Matt Damon, Bill Murray and John Goodman

Inglorious Basterds meets Ocean’s 11 in this war story about recovering art from the Nazis during World War II. Clooney stars as art historian Frank Stokes who is in charge of a team of artists and lecturers who go out into the field to make sure they can preserve history and culture from the ravages of war.

Win Cold Comes the Night on DVD

cctnwDo you miss Breaking Bad? Is there a Bryan Cranston shaped hole in your life? Well fear not, we’re giving away Cold Comes the Night on DVD, a white-knuckled nail-biter of a thriller starring everyone’s favourite chemistry teacher-cum drug kingpin.

As usual, all you need to do is head to Twiitter and retweet this tweet. Don’t forget to follow @ScreenGeeksUK while you’re at it (we’ll love you for it).

This competition will close on Sunday 16th February

Film Review: Endless Love

elDirected by Shana Feste

Starring Alex Pettyfer, Garbriella Wilde & Rhys Wakefield

Remember Franco Zeffirelli’s mindblowingly mawkish 1981 forbidden love story which was adapted from Scott Spencer’s smart and steamy book of the same name (think Blue Is The Warmest Colour for straight kids)? Well, neither does this writer. In fact that movie could have completely vanished had it not been for two notable facts – it boasts Tom Cruise’s first appearance on the big screen and it’s theme song was , unlike the movie, a worldwide hit sung by Lionel Ritchie & Diana Ross (and a hit again for Luthor Vandross & Mariah Carey).


Film Review: The Lego Movie

MV5BMTg4MDk1ODExN15BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwNzIyNjg3MDE@._V1_SX214_Directed by Phil Lord & Christopher Miller

Starring Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Banks & Will Arnett

Last year, a movie called The Internship came out. It starred Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson, and was essentially another one of those conservative Middle-America comedies Vaughn seems to prefer these days, nothing special there. What was different about it though, is the movie was bought and paid for by Google, a 60 million dollar piece of corporate propaganda sold to the public as neutral entertainment. I had a big problem with that, adverts should self-identify and not pretend to be anything else as a point of morality, and it’s what kept me cynical about The Lego Movie, even as the pre-release reviews came in, calling it the best thing since sliced bread.