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Short Reflections from the Silver Screen: Bait (3D)

Bait Australia. 2012. Kimble Rendall. This B-movie has the classic elements of a genre film in which humans are the prey (bait) to two great white sharks. Despite awful acting, CGI (the sharks look hilarious) and the outrageously farfetched scenario of this movie, it still serves up a few laughs and thrills for the taking. There is a great tsunami, it floods a supermarket and an underground car park bringing with it an array of sea creatures, including the two great whites; one roams the aisles whilst the other hangs… Read more Short Reflections from the Silver Screen: Bait (3D)

Short Reflections from the Silver Screen: Don’t Look Now

Don’t Look Now UK. 1973. Nicolas Roeg. This film leaves a scar deep beneath the surface; Roeg renders the subconscious state of the cinematic with absolute accomplishment. This psychic thriller is about a man’s (John Baxter) overwhelming grief for the death of his daughter and the feelings of guilt that supersede it. John vacates to Venice with his wife Laura to direct the reconstruction of a local church. There is a fine line between the symbolism of religion and death, as the church serves for plenty of John’s deranged fear… Read more Short Reflections from the Silver Screen: Don’t Look Now

Short Reflections from the Silver Screen: The Human Centipede

The Human Centipede: First Sequence Netherlands. 2009. Tom Six. Whenever I reflect on this movie, I feel my inside organs coil and wretch. It truly is sick. Yet what continues to amaze me is Tom Six’s audacious ability to bring his utterly perverted idea to life with such a powerful execution. Not for one moment does this film strike a vocal cord for laughter (often an easy escape route for horror), instead I remained engrossed inside the world of The Human Centipede. This is respectably due to Dieter Laser’s harrowingly… Read more Short Reflections from the Silver Screen: The Human Centipede

Short Reflections from the Silver Screen: Eden Lake

Eden Lake UK. 2008. James Watkins. What makes this film so provocative and thrilling is simply because it is believable. Not much is more sincerely disturbing than a group of hooligan kids with nothing else to do than chase around tourists with knives. The concept may sound futile, but the film is excellently constructed (the acting and direction hit all the notes exactly on the mark) and one confrontation drifts effectively into another. But they are just kids! Exactly. If you defend yourself against an aggressive kid you are bound… Read more Short Reflections from the Silver Screen: Eden Lake

Short Reflections from the Silver Screen: The Perks of Being a Wallflower

The Perks of Being a Wallflower US. 2012. Stephen Chbosky. A first glance this film appears to fall under the not so well regarded bracket of an adolescent high-school movie. But, it becomes so much more than this. Yes, there is sex, drugs, parties and loud music, but these are all necessary steps in the life of our introvert protagonist whose most sacred lesson is on friendship, love and hope. Fundamentally, it is this characters tremendous journey that is so special. Logan Lerman, who gives a terrific performance, plays the… Read more Short Reflections from the Silver Screen: The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Short Reflections from the Silver Screen – Song for Marion

UK, 2012. Directed by Paul Andrew Williams Terence Stamp plays a grumpy old man who is struggling to come to terms with his long-term partners illness. Vanessa Redgrave plays his charming partner who has been diagnosed with cancer, but she still makes a great effort to go and sing with her quirky choir, all are of a similar age and have their own ingenuity about them. One can easily guess what emotions to expect from such a story, but Paul Andrew Williams digs deeper and gives a heartfelt soul to… Read more Short Reflections from the Silver Screen – Song for Marion

Short Reflections from the Silver Screen – Erin Brockovich

US, 2000. Directed by Steven Soderbergh Julia Roberts is glamorised in an aura of beauty and brutality. She is marvellous and wicked. From rags to riches, this is a tale of how one woman fights through the poverty beckoned upon her and finds her feet in a job she does best. However, she is not all honest and fair-minded, she is out for revenge. She uses people in her path to self-serve her success. Should this be the route to success? Probably not, but for Erin, she has no choice;… Read more Short Reflections from the Silver Screen – Erin Brockovich

Keeping a Film Diary

A lot of people would believe this to be a mad waste of time. Think again. I like to think of my film diary as a personal journey, and here’s why. Films are full of life – be it life re-imagined and projected onto a screen. People have been writing heartfelt criticism on the subject for over a century, good and bad. For some people, films can change their life, for others it can be something to chortle at. Either way you look at it, film provokes a response, a… Read more Keeping a Film Diary