FILM REVIEW: TOLKIEN

  There is no question that author, J.R.R Tolkien is worthy of a bio-pic. The writer is responsible for some of the most beloved fantasy epics including: The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. This bio-pic is a rather pedestrian telling of some of his life events and as such, is unworthy of such a creative and lauded mind as…

BLU-RAY REVIEW: LA BAMBA

  La Bamba is a big bopper. The film is a music bio about the late, great artist, Ritchie Valens, whose death has become known as the “Day the music died.” This film is a rather rose-tinted and fitting tribute to the golden child of rock ‘n’ roll music. This eighties film was written and…

FILM REVIEW: ALL IS TRUE

  It’s fair to say that most people know Shakespeare and his plays. But very little is known about the old Bard himself. All Is True is a bio-pic about ye olde William i.e. the writer in his twilight years. The result is a story that relies on some speculation and doesn’t always live up to its…

BLU-RAY REVIEW: AN ANGEL AT MY TABLE

  There are a lot of films about writers and their lives. Consider: Capote, Salinger, The Man Who Invented Christmas and more. An Angel At My Table fits into this tradition. It’s a biopic devoted to New Zealand’s most famous author, Janet Frame. This bio-pic is a very detailed and slow-burning account of her life. This…

FILM REVIEW: STAN & OLLIE

  Some acts come as a package deal. Bert and Ernie. Batman and Robin. Tom and Jerry. Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy AKA comedy duo, Laurel & Hardy, can be added to this list. The two comedians made over 100 silent and talking films. They entertained audiences with their funny antics and slapstick for decades. The biopic, Stan & Ollie is a celebration…

FILM REVIEW: ON THE BASIS OF SEX

  Ruth Bader Ginsburg is an American Supreme court justice who has been dubbed, “The Notorious RBG.” This woman in an incredible one so it should come as no surprise that in the past few years she has inspired not one, but two films. RBG was a comprehensive documentary about her life while the latest offering is: On the…

DVD REVIEW: CAMILLE CLAUDEL

  Auguste Rodin and his muse and lover, Camille Claudel have inspired various bio-pics. Juliette Binoche starred as the titular character experiencing despair in Camille Claudel 1915. Vincent Lindon meanwhile, played the famous sculptor in Rodin. Camille Claudel is a detailed and uneven film examining her tortured relationship with the master artist. This 1988 French film was…

FILM REIVEW: NICO, 1988

  A bio-pic can be a tricky beast. When a person has achieved so much in their lifetime what part of the story do you focus on? If you’re Italian director, Susanna Nicchiarelli you eschew the obvious and omit the lauded days. Nicchiarelli instead focuses on later life and this is precisely the scene we are greeted…

BLU-RAY REVIEW: DETROIT

  Detroit depicts an ugly side of humanity. And what’s more staggering is that it is based on a particularly bleak chapter in American history. This docudrama is a brutal and observational traversal of the history books, which immerses the viewer square in the depths of the thick of it. The result is like a punch…

FILM REVIEW: FILM STARS DON’T DIE IN LIVERPOOL

They say that film stars don’t die in Liverpool but this bio-pic of the same name just might. Okay, that’s a bit harsh but the fact is the story is quite a basic one that could have been realised in a much better way. While the performances are top-notch you can’t help but feel like…