Friday, August 30, 2013

Limelight Magazine: What Maisie Knew

Seen through the eyes of a six-year-old, this film about the spectre of divorce makes for haunting viewing indeed. Directing team Scott McGehee and David Siegel (Bee Season) deftly transpose the 19th-century England of Henry James’ novel What Maisie Knew to modern-day Manhattan, and craft some remarkable gilded cages for their pint-sized protagonist (Onata Aprile).

Maisie might want for nothing materially, but the emotional vacuum created (or preceded?) by the increasingly vicious separation of her parents – fading rock star Susanna (Julianne Moore) and British art dealer Beale (Steve Coogan) – is nothing short of suffocating. This abandonment is put into sharper relief by the hasty remarriages on both sides, where the new, much younger partners Margo (Joanna Vanderham) and Lincoln (Alexander Skarsgård) are each quite literally left “holding the baby”.

Keeping the camera low to align the audience with Maisie’s perspective, McGehee and Siegel capture an absolutely astounding performance from young Aprile. Devastatingly natural, her largely observational role is complemented by a similarly compelling supporting cast. Moore in particular is blisteringly good in her rendition of a narcissistic rock chick, and while Coogan’s Beale is just as negligent, it’s a film that is fascinating to discuss and find out where your personal judgments fall.

4 Stars
Published in the August 2013 issue of Limelight Magazine
Australian release date: 22 August 2013

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Limelight Magazine: Upstream Color

A visceral, mind-bending curio, Upstream Color isn’t for the faint of heart... or stomach! But for those brave souls willing to wade in to auteur Shane Carruth’s willfully enigmatic, narratively fractured story, you will be rewarded with a spine-tinglingly unforgettable voyage.

In a film that leeches into
 you like watercolour on canvas; the less you know about the 
story going in, the better. But in broad brushstrokes, I can reveal that Carruth co-stars alongside 
a spellbinding Amy Seimetz, 
and the pair play two troubled strangers, mysteriously drawn together by forces beyond their control. As Kris, Seimetz’s physical transformation is harrowing at times, at others, thrillingly triumphant. And it’s a testimony to Carruth’s staggering visual and sonic artistry that Kris’ vulnerability reaches straight out from the screen and fuses with your own anima.

Indeed, as a sensory experience, Upstream Color might find a more appreciative audience as an art installation. And yet the comforting cave of the cinema provides a welcomed sight, especially when the
 lights come back up and you’re grappling with what on earth you’ve just seen!

Buoyed by captivating performances and a palpable spirit, Carruth leads us into deep existential waters, and if you’re anything like me, you’ll be gladly swept away.

4 1/2 Stars
Published in the August 2013 issue of Limelight Magazine
Australian release date (limited) 22 August 2013

Always nice to get a pull quote: 

Monday, August 26, 2013

Spoiler Guys Podcast: The Way Way Back

The Spoiler Guys love a good teen coming-of-age film -  just take a listen to our Perks of Being A Wallflower episode. So did The Way Way Back make the grade?

Mosey over to iTunes to download the ep, or check out Soundcloud below:

To read my interview with Sam Rockwell, click HERE.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Spoiler Guys Podcast: The Wolverine

Are you buff enough?

Don't worry, mere mortals like us aren't expected to show down with The Wolverine. Hugh Jackman on the other hand? Nicest guy in showbiz (head to The Spoiler Guys site for further proof).

There are muscles and metaphors a plenty in this flick, so head over to iTunes to hear our take, or stream via Soundcloud below:

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Spoiler Guys Podcast: Only God Forgives

I love this shot. In fact Only God Forgives looks just divine. As for the rest of the film...? Well you'll have to tune into The Spoiler Guys podcast to find out.

Please subscribe to us over on iTunes, or you can stream via Soundcloud below:

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Spoiler Guys Podcast: This is the End

Did you get 'raptured' by This is the End?

Did you BYO Milky Way bars? I did when we recorded our Spoiler Guys episode, so you can snack and giggle along with us over on iTunes or via Soundcloud below:

You might also fancy reading my interview with Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg over on TheVine.
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