Breakfast with Spencer Howson
June 11, 2015
Jurassic World is worth seeing for the pure spectacle. The sound and visual effects artists have done a superb job creating these fearsome creatures. The anti-capitalism and anti-genetic themes offer a few thought provoking moments… but most of the film is spent watching dumb characters run from dinosaurs (which gets a little frustrating). Grade: B+.
The Mafia Only Kills In Summer is an odd Italian film that tries to blend cute comedy with real-life drama. Set in Palermo, it’s largely a love story between two people who find their lives intrinsically linked with the mafia. Interesting idea but lead character is too goofy. Grade: B-.
Hot Pursuit is a female centric comedy starring Reese Witherspoon as a police officer and Sofia Vergara as the woman she is trying to protect. Reviews from the United States were brutal and the film wasn’t previewed for Brisbane critics. Grade: Unseen.
The Emperor’s New Clothes is a documentary from director Michael Winterbottom that follows Russell Brand as he tries to show the broadening gap between the rich and the poor in today’s society. Grade: Unseen.
Birdman was this year’s Oscar winner for best picture and follows an actor (Michael Keaton) trying to reboot his sagging career. It’s funny, it’s got some great performances, and it’s been creatively shot (as if it’s all one take). I wasn’t quite sold on all of its messages though. Grade: A-.
The Theory Of Everything encompasses the life of the renowned British cosmologist Stephen Hawking. Instead of concentrating on his many scientific achievements, the screenplay focuses on the relationship with his wife, Jane. Both Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones give terrific performances. At its heart, the film shows there are many ways to make a relationship work. Grade: B+.
The Interview is trash. It’s the much publicised comedy that stars Seth Rogen and James Franco as two journalists who head to North Korea to assassinate Kim Jong-un. It’s the kind of film that has 10 missed opportunities for every 1 good joke. Grade: C.