“The Beguiled” Trailer

Based on a book by Thomas Cullinan and directed by Sofia Coppola, “The Beguiled” stars Nicole Kidman, Colin Farrell, Kirsten Dunst and Elle Fanning. The all female cast (apart from Farrell) and the colour reminds me of Sofia Coppola’s previous masterpiece of a film “The Virgin Suicides” (1999). I hope this film is at least half as good.

“All Good Things” Review

All Good Things (2010)

Directed by Andrew Jarecki and starring Ryan Gosling and Kirsten Dunst, ‘All Good Things’ is a mystery crime drama which was criticised fiercely by some critics, and which currently holds a 32% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, but, probably, quite unjustly. The film begins as it is so ‘in fashion’ nowadays – the main character, David Marks (Ryan Gosling), the heir of a grand real estate, tells his tale of woe. Beginning with his traumatic childhood, and then the conflict with his father and ending with the loss of a girl (Kirsten Dunst) he so dearly loved, the audience is taken through an emotionally intense account of his life events.

Some say that if you haven’t heard of a film before and that film has been around for awhile, it cannot possibly be good. Sometimes this is true, but there are exceptions. The main appeal of ‘All Good Things’ is that it is based on a real story, which, on the face of it, is really fascinating. The eerie disappearance of young and beautiful Kathleen Durst in 1982 shook local community, and her husband Robert Durst’s statements to the police were sometimes contradictory.

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The Academy Awards 2012 Injustices

The nominees who should-have-been at the 84th Academy Awards:

1) Michael Fassbender for Best Actor in ‘Shame’

“The man behind the year’s big ‘Ooooh-matron’ moments, Michael Fassbender was extremely unlucky not to pick up an Oscar nomination for Shame. His performance as Brandon Sullivan, a character whose fractured sexual psyche leads him into some of the most intense movie moments since, well, Hunger, was the kind that normally has the Academy in raptures (see also: Midnight Cowboy and Last Tango In Paris). Sadly not this time. Possibly he’s too young for the Academy, which has a terrible record when it comes to awarding lead actors under 40, or possibly he hasn’t quite broken through in the US yet. Still, if he keeps producing work of this standard, and maybe keeps at least some of his clothes on next time so the male voters don’t get an inferiority complex, he should take home the prize in the near future.”

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“Melancholia” Review

Melancholia (2011)

 **SPOILER ALERT**

‘Melancholia’ will either be loved or hated. There is no “in-between”. The film is certain to awaken something in the viewer, be it some inexplicable feelings of unease or awe. However, given that this film is directed by no other than Lars Von Trier (a Danish director known for its controversial films, e.g. ‘Antichrist (2009)) and who once said that “a film should be like a rock in the shoe”, nothing less is expected.

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