#865 – All Is Lost

Drama

There is no doubt that All Is Lost is a tremendous achievement. It does lack a “Wilson!” moment though…

Robert Redford in All Is Lost

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#864 – Out Of The Furnace

Drama

It is safe to say that Out Of The Furnace is a powerhouse of bleak. It is also safe to say, it’s outstanding.

Casey, Christian and Woody are exceptional. Bale is arguably the pick as we watch his character change before our eyes. He slips and slides towards an inevitable climax as every morsel of hope is stripped from him. It’s impactful stuff figuratively and literally. Grim, bone crunching sequences rain down freely from start to finish.

This is a deeply felt film about being a man in the primeval sense and about being your brothers guardian. Its primitive rendering of machismo will turn plenty of people off, but that doesn’t stop this flick being a cinematic high about fierce stoicism in the face of biblical hardship.

#863 – Pitch Perfect

Musical

Glee on steroids I guess is the best way of describing Pitch Perfect. If you like musicals, you’re not going to be disappointed. Admittedly the character arcs are erratic to say the least, but that’s not why we watch. We watch to revel in the glory of The Breakfast Club, it’s Simple Minds title music and of course No Diggity sang a cappella in a drained swimming pool. A-ca-awesome! Or to be truthful, A-ca-better than average.

Pitch-Perfect-Anna-Kendrick

#857 – More Than A Game

Documentary

More Than A Game doesn’t have an IMDB entry, but you can watch the whole thing on Vimeo, just hit the link.

The world of competitive video gaming is certainly worthy of being delved into, just watch The King Of Kong: A Fistful Of Quarters for confirmation of this. Unfortunately this look at the worlds best Super Street Fighter 4 players lacks the characters, insight, raw enthusiasm and narrative that made TKOKAFOQ the achievement it is. Regardless though it’s still a decent watch.

More Than A Game

#856 – The Hunt

Drama

Mads is one of my favourite actors. Typecasting him, the role he plays in The Hunt is outside his usual domain. He’s not exactly known for his sympathetic roles.

It’s grim but compelling viewing as a small community rallies against Mads’ character behind an ubsubstantiated accusation of kiddie-fiddling. The narrative is unbearably tense throughout and peppered with explosions of unsurpassed dramatic intensity. There are two scenes especially that will stick with you, one of which involves the most satisfying cinematic head-butt ever committed to screen.

The Hunt