WHITE HOUSE DOWN (M) – Review

White House Down banner. Columbia Pictures.

White House Down banner. Columbia Pictures.

White House Down poster. Columbia Pictures.

White House Down poster. Columbia Pictures.

2 ½ stars

If you’re thinking that you’ve seen this movie once already this year you’d be forgiven. Roland Emmerich’s White House Down bears a premise that is a carbon copy of Olympus Has Fallen, a film released earlier this year. However, director Emmerich along with stars Jamie Foxx and Channing Tatum, offer up a far more thoroughly entertaining film than Olympus – even if it is a bit long in the tooth by the time the end credits roll.

White House Down is about U.S. Capitol Police officer John Cale (Tatum) who, after bombing out on an interview for a position with Secret Service, decides to hang around the White House and take his daughter on the tour. Big mistake. Continue reading

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THE BEST OFFER (M) – Review

The Best Offer. Warner Bros.

The Best Offer. Warner Bros/Paco Cinematografica.

The Best Offer poster. Warner Bros/Paco Cinematografica/Transmission Films

The Best Offer poster.         Warner Bros/Paco Cinematografica/Transmission Films

5 stars.

There is so much fun to be had with the title of this film in terms of reviewing it because Italian director Guiseppe Tornatore’s English-language debut The Best Offer is indeed one of the best cinema offerings for 2013. It features an exceptional performance from Geoffrey Rush, the production design is simple yet immensely elegant and beautiful and the score and cinematography both evoke intrigue and awe. The supporting cast of Sylvia Hoeks, Jim Sturgess and Donald Sutherland hold their own amidst Rush’s marvellous talents and help create incredibly organic chemistry amidst all the characters.

The Best Offer is about an eccentric art auctioneer/collector, Virgil Oldman, who
develops an obsession with an heiress whom has just contacted him personally about an estate she has inherited filled with bygone era items, including furniture and artwork. Continue reading

YOU’RE NEXT (MA15+) – Review

You're Next. Icon Productions/HanWay Films.

Icon Productions/HanWay Films.

You’re Next poster. Icon Productions/HanWay Films.

1 and a half stars. 

Let it be known from the outset: You’re Next is completely incompetent in its ability to scare or even thrill.

You’re Next is receiving a lot of praise around the block for reasons that, after actually seeing the film, completely escape me. Sure it’s delectably violent, revelling in OTT gore, and the pitch black humour it offers briefly on the side works to the film’s favour. However, the truth of the matter is, aside from the intermittent scenes that embrace the aforementioned qualities there’s nothing overly enjoyable about this film.

Survival horror film You’re Next comes from indie director Adam Wingard and stars Australia’s own Sharni Vinson whose natural accent, as one character puts it, is indeed quite jarring. Continue reading