Jessica Chastain

Crimson Peak Review – Deliciously Macabre

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After the blockbuster bombast of the Hellboy series and Pacific Rim, the question was raised of whether or not Guillermo del Toro could translate his mastery of dark fantasy into English. Pan’s Labyrinth is one of the finest modern examples of the genre, and whilst Crimson Peak is not quite as good, it answers the above question in the affirmative with style. At the same time, it also shows that 19th Century literature can make for thrilling cinema, as long as there’s a visually ingenious director at the helm. Influenced by everything from Jane Eyre to Poe’s The Fall of the House of Usher, with a little bit of Sherlock HolmesCrimson Peak is not only a fantastic film in its own right, but also an exciting revitalisation of an old-fashioned sort of storytelling.  (more…)

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Jack’s Top 20 Most Anticipated Films of 2015

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2014 was an excellent year for all kinds of films, from blockbusters to family films to the major Oscar contenders, with some high-quality art house output to round it all out. 2015 promises to be equally exciting, not only featuring what are likely to become two of the highest-grossing movies of all time in Avengers: Age of Ultron and Star Wars: The Force Awakens, but also original, efforts from Disney and Pixar. We’re also getting the new films from all-time great directors like Scorsese, Tarantino, Spielberg and Terence Malick. To pick just 20 of next year’s scheduled releases was hard enough, and some honourable mentions to films that just missed out go to Ant-ManTrumboMockingjay Part 2, and Suffragette, but I could not be more excited for the following movies. (more…)

A Most Violent Year Early Review – A Hell(hole) of a Town

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Throughout the entirety of JC Chandor’s A Most Violent Year, lead character Abel Morales (Oscar Isaac) insists that, even in a business surrounded by shady underworld types, he is not a gangster. Similarly, the film itself seems to constantly insist that it is not an actual mobster film, merely one filled with the tropes of the genre. Loan sharks dole out sinister life advice in palatial New York fortresses, the American Dreams of first-generation immigrants turn sour, and the district attorney (David Oyelowo) cosies up to the powerful criminal players in the city. However, this is by no means a proper criticism of the film, which is an incredibly solid period thriller and, if it accepted the label, possibly the finest crime film of 2014. (more…)