Alexander Payne was clearly vying for Oscars attention when it came to penning the screenplay for Downsizing. And why not, he’s certainly got form in the awards department. A two-time Oscar winner with a further three nominations, his films have been bold and topical.
That topical trademark shows no signs of dissipating with Downsizing, as Payne takes on the themes of overpopulation and the effects it’ll have on us in the future. But is the resulting film one of his best works? Or are we looking at a bit of a dud? Continue reading
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Speaking of the Oscars, one man who is clearly getting a lot of attention is Gary Oldman. For his portrayal of the great British icon Winston Churchill. Now it is a shock that he has never won an Oscar, he was rightfully nominated for Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, but to look at his acting career in the past and you realise it truly is a shame. Has he done enough to finally win that Oscar?
The film follows Churchill as he becomes the newly appointed prime minister, as Britain deals with the early days of World War II. Having to deal with opposition from both sides of the war, from the troubles that are occurring on the beaches of Dunkirk and members of his own party. Continue reading
Silence review: by Rob Stoakes
UK certification: 15
Poor Andrew Garfield. He’s clearly dedicated to his craft and he’s by no means a bad actor, but with his legacy already tainted by being the worst Spiderman in the worst Spiderman films, a pair of films so bad that Marvel officially took joint custody of the property like an abused child, Andrew Garfield has had to back away from blockbusters. The plan is clearly to be in a few indie films, maybe some supporting role in a bigger flick, and then with a healthy dose of experience under his belt he can make a triumphant return as…
Whoops! You’re in the leading role in a super-serious Oscar hopeful directed by Martin Scorsese and you have to act alongside Liam Neeson. Good luck! Continue reading
THE LADY IN THE VAN (UK CERT 12A)
Director: Nicholas Hytner
Music: George Fenton
Starring: Maggie Smith, Alex Jennings, Jim Broadbent
Cinema has a long lasting love of people having their homes invaded by unwanted intruders, and not just because that’s how most directors view anyone who tries to tell them their opinion on filmmaking. It’s because there’s a lot of different directions one can take with the drama and excitement of home invasion. The horror of Wait Until Dark, the brutality of Straw Dogs, the silliness of Home Alone, the potential is quite large. And now throwing in its own interpretation of this theme is The Lady in the Van, based on the somewhat true story of Alan Bennett’s relationship with a transient woman who parked her van on his driveway. So, how does he and the audience respond? Continue reading
RICKI & THE FLASH (UK CERT: 12A)
Director: Jonathan Demme
Starring: Meryl Streep, Kevin Klein, Mamie Gummer
REVIEW AUTHOR: Adam Brannon
Copyright: Sony Pictures Entertainment
Meryl Streep has always been one of our most reliable actresses. The three-time Oscar winner has starred in some iconic films, from Sophie’s Choice to The Devil Wears Prada and from Kramer vs Kramer to The Iron Lady, she can turn her hand to almost anything.
However, her latest role sees the fan favourite star as an ageing rock star who must heal the voids in her family after an incident. But does Ricki & the Flash do Meryl proud? Continue reading