Cinema Review | Whiplash

Writer and Producer: Damien Chazelle Cast: Miles Teller. J.K Simmons. Paul Reiser. Melissa Benoist. Running time: 106 mins. A film about drumming, stressful drumming, drumming and shouting. These are not the most stable of building blocks when constructing a blockbuster titan of a movie, constructed to consume all nearby awards. Yet this is what this…

Cinema Review | Ex Machina

Ex Machina Dir: Alex Garland Starring: Domnhall Gleeson, Oscar Isaac, Alicia Vikander, Sonoya Mizuno Run-Time: 108 Mins Alex Garland (writer of 28 Days Later, Sunshine and adapter of Never Let Me Go and Karl Urban’s Dredd) makes his début behind the camera, directing his own script. In terms of tone, style, pace and with its…

Film Review| The Battered Bastards of Baseball

The Battered Bastards of Baseball Dir: Chapman & Maclain Way Run-Time: 79 Mins I don’t know much about Baseball. I’ve seen the excellent film Moneyball and read the book, watched the final game of the 2014 World Series; and there’s that episode of The Simpsons where Mr. Burns hires the MLB ringers to ensure a…

Cinema Review | Birdman (Or the Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)

Birdman (Or the Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) Dir: Alejandro G. Iñárritu Starring: Michael Keaton, Edward Norton, Emma Stone, Naomi Watts, Zach Galifianakis, Amy Ryan, Angela Riseborough, Lindsay Duncan Run-Time: 119 Mins The first wholly English-language feature from Alejandro G. Iñárritu (21 Grams, Babel) is an ambitious blend of showbiz commentary, family saga, behind-the-scenes drama and…