Review of 2012…with extras.

Okay, around this time last year – I had seen 47 films.  This year, taking into consideration my introduction into film journalism, my grand total for 2012 (so far) is…..69.  I think.  It’s kinda weak, but it just sets a target for next year 🙂 Making more of an effort to catch-up on classics like The Third Man, Brief Encounter and Black Narcissus, the films … Continue reading Review of 2012…with extras.

Magic Mike – 3/5 stars

It is hard to take films with strippers seriously. Like (ahem) cult classics Showgirls and Striptease, trying to see the drama past the thongs and general nakedness is a challenge.  But trust an established director like Steven Soderburgh to put substance into stripping. His latest film, Magic Mike, focusses on the titular character (played by Channing Tatum), who is working towards launching his own furniture business.  … Continue reading Magic Mike – 3/5 stars

Killer Joe – 4/5 stars

When people mention William Friedkin, it is likely that only a few will know who he is.  Add the film ‘The Exorcist’ into the conversation and then you’ll get their attention.  Even though his directorial filmography has spanned 45 years, Friedkin’s recent work such as Bug (2006), Rules of Engagement (2000) and Jade (1995) have really reached the critical success of The Exorcist and his 1971 Academy-Award winning thriller The French … Continue reading Killer Joe – 4/5 stars