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Review: Rogue

It is not often I watch a film without both purposefully and inadvertently finding out most of the key details beforehand. These spoilers and light research usually consist of any significant promotional material such as trailers, as well as the main contributors of said film such as the Director(s), Screenwriter(s) and cast.

Rogue

With Rogue, I didn’t have any of this foresight, and there are two reasons for this. Firstly, the film didn’t exactly boast the most prolific marketing campaign. And, secondly, I watched it late at night on LoveFilm and wasn’t planning on getting much further than 20 minutes through this or any other film before falling asleep.

For me, at face value, Rogue looked almost perfect for serving this purpose. It has three and a half stars (not that I trust the site’s less than amateur reviews), and the front cover’s artwork is of a giant crocodile’s head crashing out of the water, on a perfectly vertical angle a la Jaws, as its own nashers frame the tagline “How Fast Can You Swim.” Rousing stuff. Continue reading


Review: Stoker

Stoker is an unsettling, atmospheric thriller starring Nicole Kidman (Eyes Wide Shut), Mia Wasikowska (Alice in Wonderland), and Matthew Goode (Watchmen). It is Director Park Chan-wook‘s first English language film, and after his much-lauded Vengeance trilogy – in particular the second of the three films, Oldboy – the expectation for him to deliver another masterclass in cinematic suspense, has almost been matched by our anticipation to see it.

Stoker Poster

Although based in the modern-day, the Stoker family live an almost Victorian existence. Daughter India (Wasikowska) attends high school where she is picked on for her Carrie-esque personality of an outdated wardrobe, inability to conform, and willing disconnection from her surroundings. She lives with her mother, Evelyn (Kidman), in a mansion full of gossiping servants, dust-ridden decor and a strangely haunting ethereality.

The film opens with the dreamlike introduction of India. She is curiously exploring the woods and fields surrounding the Stoker family home as her whispers inform us of her strange ability to both see and hear what others cannot – a sort of murky sixth sense which attracts her to a darker, secretive existence. We are fully introduced to her  after the unseen death of her father (Dermot Mulroney), the one person in her world who she had a worthwhile relationship with. Continue reading


Films to Look Out For in March

With a few months still to go before the summer blockbusters begin to overcrowd our screens, there is still time for some of the more alternative films with lesser budgets and universal appeal to try to make their mark and attempt to flourish at the box office.

Elijah Wood in Maniac

Last year, the bar wasn’t exactly set very high in March. Enjoyable releases such as Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists, 21 Jump Street; and some of the year’s finest including Michael and Once Upon a Time in Anatolia, were mostly shrouded out by some of the year’s worst releases.

colossal disappointments last march included the utterly pointless and painfully cringe-worthy This Means War, the studio destroying antics of John Carter, John Cusack letting his faithful fans down yet again with The Raven, Mark Whalberg in the overly clichéd crime thriller Contraband, and Wrath of the Titans – the most needless sequel to a remake ever conceived.

So surely this year March will bring us a more promising list of releases? Thankfully, it looks like there will be a few.

Here are the films you should look out for in March:

Stoker 01/03/2013

Park Chan-wook’s English-language debut already looks set to be a success, with generally positive reviews and rumours coming from advanced screenings and its earlier release overseas.

And we should feel as though we are in safe hands. Chan-wook’s ‘Vengeance Trilogy’ (SympathStoker Film Postery for Mr. Vengeance, Old Boy and Lady Vengeance) has already achieved a cult status and global success, and the second and generally most revered of these three films is already being remade into an English Language version, with Spike Lee Directing and Josh Brolin taking the lead role.

Stoker is a psychological thriller and stars Nicole Kidman, Mia Wasikowska and Matthew Goode. Kidman and Wasikowska play the unstable mother, Evelyn, and the curious daughter, India.  After the death of India’s father, her enigmatic Uncle Charlie (Goode) moves in, but before long, suspicions about his motives are raised.

This was the last film Tony Scott produced before his death. Continue reading