Tag Archives: Martin Scorsese

Cinema Review – Free Fire

In 1970s Boston, a group of arms dealers – led by Vernon (Sharlto Copley) – and a group of Irish potential buyers for said arms – led by Frank (Michael Smiley – meet in an abandoned factory to negotiate a deal. This tense powder keg of a meet is set alight when Harry (Jack Reynor) realises that Stevo (Sam Riley), the man he beat up the night before for assaulting his cousin, is working for Frank. The resulting shootout becomes a game of loyalty and survival. Continue reading

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ADIFF Review – Hitchcock/Truffaut

In 1966, film director and former critic François Truffaut published the book “Cinema According to Hitchcock”. Fifty years later, filmmakers including David Fincher, Wes Anderson and Richard Linklater discuss how the book and Hitchcock’s work influenced their careers, while director Kent Jones examines just how the conversations between the filmmakers took place. Continue reading

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Rant – My Oscar Predictions

It’s that time of year again, where movie fans all around the world stock up on snacks and stay up all night to watch the Oscars. I am slightly late in publishing my predictions this year, but I have been caught up in JDIFF and been incredibly sick, so my apologies. Continue reading

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Cinema Review – The Wolf of Wall Street

Based on a true story, The Wolf of Wall Street charts the rise to riches – and the dizzy height of Wall Street – of a young, eager man named Jordan Belfort (Leonardo DiCaprio), and his subsequent decline into drugs, debauchery and crime. Continue reading

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Cinema Review – Woody Allen: A Documentary

Screened at the 65th Cannes Film Festival this year, Robert B. Weide’s examination of Woody Allen’s career is a must for any fan of the writer and anyone who is curious about Allen’s staying power as a writer, an actor, a comedian and a director. Continue reading

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Cinema Review – Marley

Kevin Macdonald’s documentary follows the life of Bob Marley and the struggles he went through for acceptance, love and fame. Continue reading

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Cinema Review – Hugo

Hugo, based on Brian Selznik’s novel The Invention of Hugo Cabret, is director Martin Scorsese’s first ever 3D film, and promises to be something truly special. The film is the story of Hugo, a young boy who has lost his family and home, and lives in the walls of a Paris train station. By day, Hugo winds and maintains the clocks of the station, but by night he works to unlock a secret left to him by his father. Little does Hugo realise that this secret will transform and those around him, and reveal a safe and loving place he can call home. Continue reading

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Cinema Review – JDIFF 2010: Shutter Island

Shutter Island, based on the novel by Denis Lehane, centres around US Marshal Teddy Daniels (Leonardo DiCaprio) investigating the escape of a patient from Ashecliffe Hospital for the Criminally Insane. The hospital is housed on the remote Shutter Island in Boston Harbour and almost as soon as Daniels, along with his new partner Chuck (Mark Ruffalo), arrives, he begins to suspect that all is not as it appears to be. Continue reading

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