NOFX at The Tivoli 11/11/14

The Tivoli got a little messy last night, playing host to everyone’s favourite punk rock dads, NOFX. It wasn’t a packed house but the front was plenty lively all the same. The rest of us were called rich pussies for not joining in the mosh, which is probably fair enough, except for the rich part.… Continue reading NOFX at The Tivoli 11/11/14

A Walk Among the Tombstones (2014) – A grim but satisfying outing

It turns out the title of this film, taken from American mystery writer Lawrence Block’s 1992 book from which it is adapted, is pretty apt. This is a slow paced crime thriller with a dark atmosphere, sporting perhaps a little less action that you might expect from Liam Neeson lately, although there are a fair… Continue reading A Walk Among the Tombstones (2014) – A grim but satisfying outing

All Is Lost (2013) – A man against the elements

This is a deceptively simple film. One character, almost no dialogue, and only two ‘sets’ as such. The story is a series of problematic events chained together in one long journey. It relies heavily on Robert Redford, as the only actor on screen, to make that journey work. And work it does. At the very… Continue reading All Is Lost (2013) – A man against the elements

Gravity (2013) – A series of unfortunate events

After seeing the trailer for Gravity a while back I was honestly expecting a bit of a boring time. Then everyone I knew who saw it started saying how good it was. It turns out I was wrong – it wasn’t boring – and so were the people who sang its praises – it wasn’t… Continue reading Gravity (2013) – A series of unfortunate events

Free Birds (2013) – Quirky fun

Apparently turkeys are pretty damn funny. At least when they’re in the hands of the right people. Director Jimmy Hayward seems to have interesting taste, starting in film as an animator for Pixar before directing Horton Hears a Who! and Jonah Hex. He is credited with the screenplay alongside, even more bizarrely, Kevin Smith collaborator… Continue reading Free Birds (2013) – Quirky fun

Mutant Girls Squad (2010) – Great exploitations

I must admit, I’m quite partial to these Japanese splatter films. This one is probably one of the more plot driven ones out there, which might not be saying a lot. But, as in any case, the plot is mostly there to string a bunch of awesomely ludicrous action and effects scenes together. And boy,… Continue reading Mutant Girls Squad (2010) – Great exploitations

The Place Beyond the Pines (2013) is one hell of a place

This is a beast of a film, with intertwining stories of three protagonists playing out across a large time frame. Writer and director Derek Cianfrance hasn’t made things easy for himself here, biting off a lot. Fortunately the production chews through it pretty well, and events play out at a deliberate pace broken by occasional… Continue reading The Place Beyond the Pines (2013) is one hell of a place