Film Review: Ordinary People

Ordinary People is perhaps an unusual choice for Best Picture given the Academy’s history. But the film remains relevant with strong performances from the cast, an engaging story and an excellent directorial debut from Robert Redford.

Film Review: JFK

With the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President Kennedy this week, the media is awash with the memory of Kennedy. In addition we are being plied with new films such as Killing Kennedy and Parkland. It is a good time to enjoy the masterpiece that is Oliver Stone’s JFK. Few films create the amount…

Film Review: One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest is film royalty. One of only three films to win the big five Academy Awards (Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Screenplay (O or A), Best Director and Best Picture). It is a simple story, a tragic fable of a battle between oppression and an irrepressible human spirit. It contains…

Film Review: Flight of the Navigator

Despite aging considerably, Flight of the Navigator still retains all the charm it held when you first saw it as a child. And what does it have to say about American anti-intellectualism? In my twenties I often complained, to myself mostly, that I didn’t get to see movies I wanted to often enough. Most of…

Film Review: The Great Gatsby

Subtlety and themes beyond the basic plot are the major casualties of Baz Luhrmann’s Gatsby adaptation. But despite the barbs of many reviewers, the film is on its way to being a hit, has arguably surpassed previous Gatsby films and may even be the version future attempts will try and emulate. It is a very…