It’s the event film season. In this time of CGI effects, slow motion hero shots, basic storytelling and stuff blowing up real good, it’s often difficult to find a film at your local Hollywoodplex that tries for something more. A film about actual characters, who are involved in meaningful stories with insight and compelling themes. So when The Place Beyond The Pines was released last week, accompanied by favourable (often slobbering) reviews, I went out of my way to see it. I’m afraid I will be discussing the plot in some detail, so developments will be revealed. While these developments aren’t integral to the effectiveness of the film (ie. knowing them won’t ruin the film for you), I didn’t know the important one, and it wasn’t revealed in the trailer. If you read further, you’ll know. There, I’ve sufficiently covered my ass. Read More…
I know technically DarkPlace was a comedy, but I’m splitting this TV series into manageable bite-sized chunks.
Anyway, this time around, I’m looking at another cancelled British comedy, and a long running and grotesquely overrated American series. Read More…
This time it’s TV, or more specifically, Damages.
Mrs Jarv is a big fan of the first series of Damages, and to be fair, she’s right, it is good. It’s nothing earth shattering, sure enough, but the story is compelling, the performances are good- with Ted Danson in particular acting against type and simply brilliant. Glenn Close is on form as the ruthless Patty Hewes and the series simply rattled along.
However, as is always the way, one successful series spawned some sequels, and as Mrs. Jarv loved them so much, she took the box sets to Spain. I’d already seen some of season three, and hated it, so I knew this was going to be rocky.
Contains paperwork and spoilers below. Read More…
Director: Joe Carnahan
Starring: Liam Neeson, Frank Grillo, Dermot Mulroney
Release date: January 27 (UK). They’re a bit like cats sometimes, aren’t they – movies; you don’t choose them, they choose you. I wanted to watch The Grey, I surely did, but I wasn’t in any hurry to do so. Then came this, the 2012 film conundrum. Do I pick another, even though by doing one extra I’m inadvertently making myself a year older? May contain a palpable dearth of dancing wolves and spoilers…
Director: Justin Lin
Starring: James Franco, Tyrese Gibson, Jordana Brewster
Release date: January 27 (US). This one replaced the unavailable Teenage Wasteland. It’s getting more and more mundane the newer the films are – I definitely should’ve done this series backwards. Can Annapolis alter the trend? May contain naval cadet abuse and spoilers…
Welcome back to the Birthday Series. This time around, I have, as noticed, developed a far more high-brow list than the previous run. So, I’ve endured the quirky melodrama of Almodovar, and now I’m girding up my loins to take on the master of surrealist incomprehensibility, David Lynch. The film in question was the surprise Palme D’Or Winner, and features one of Nicholas Cage’s most definitively crazy performances: Wild at Heart (24th August in the UK, 17th August in the USA). Variously described as being the bastard lovechild of Badlands and the Wizard of Oz, Wild at Heart is an iconic American road trip movie; a star-crossed love-film languishing amongst the freaks and degenerates of an American underclass overlooked by most film makers.
May contain one of the most spectacular head explosions ever filmed and spoilers below. Read More…
In the wake of another mortifyingly bad effort by England’s national side, The Rise and Fall of A White Collar Hooligan landed on my doorstep. Good timing, eh, particularly when you consider our latest supine penalty performance. It’s our fucking national game, and we’re utter cobblers. Still, at least we usually win on the terraces.
I’m genuinely convinced we’re in the middle of a kind of mini-golden period in British Cinema. 2011 in particular had some genuinely outstanding efforts released (and Brighton Rock, but we won’t talk about that). 2012 has got off to a relatively good start, with the new Hammer effort The Woman in Black playing to one of our traditional cinematic strengths. With films from the likes of Ben Wheatley still to come, it could again turn out to be another good year for our much benighted film industry. Mid way through comes director Paul Tanter’s The Rise and Fall of a White Collar Hooligan- released in the UK on Monday 2nd July, a film that promises to play to another of our traditional strengths: The London gangster movie.
Conversation overheard in the Werewolves on the Moon offices:
“Huzzah! Finished my Usual Suspects review, I’m off to the pub”
“Let’s see it” [pause] “It’s only one sentence long”
“It’s all that was needed, seriously, who hasn’t seen this”
“Do your job properly, or we’re not paying you”
“We get paid for this? Since when?”
Only kidding, we don’t have offices. Nevertheless, I’m damned if I know where I’m going with this one.
Contains someone being shown what will really was and spoilers below
Game of Thrones is unfairly lauded across the Internets and by bored TV critics salivating over something shiny. However, in all honesty, the second series of it hasn’t only been not very good but actually awful and quite unmeriting of the slavering adoration showered upon it.
Myself and Xi had varying opinions of the first series, in that we both liked different bits, but one thing we agreed on was that there was plenty of room for improvement, and the second series could well turn into something special. Unfortunately, this wasn’t the case- and we both held the opinion that the second series is an absolute televisual atrocity.
Contains serious spoilers below- you have been warned.
Director: Michael Goldenberg
Starring: Mary Stuart Masterson, Christian Slater, Pamela Segall
Release date: January 26 (US). Yes! Exactly what I needed to exorcise the demons from 1995’s entry. A Rom-Dram, definitely my preferred genre, I’m on a sure footing here. May contain flowers, lots of flowers and spoilers…