Monthly Archives: July 2014

Cinema review – The Purge: Anarchy

The Purge: Anarchy film poster

Cast: Frank Grillo, Carmen Ejogo, Zoë Soul, Zach Gilford and Kiele Sanchez.

Plot summary: In a future America, all crime is legal for one night only. Four people are caught on the streets during the Purge and hook up with the Sergeant (Frank Grillo), who tries to protect them even as he is off on his own Purge mission.

Having not watched the first film or seen the trailer beforehand, I went into this film not expecting much. I thought that it would be just another bland action thriller with lame dialogue and cardboard cut-out characters who we can’t really root for as we don’t know anything about them bar their first names. However, I actually ended up enjoying it more than I thought I would. Sure, there is no character development whatsoever which was to be expected for this kind of film.

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Cinema review – Boyhood

Boyhood film poster

Cast: Ellar Coltrane, Patricia Arquette, Ethan Hawke and Lorelei Linklater.

Plot summary: Six year-old Mason (Coltrane) lives with his mom (Arquette) and sister Samantha (Linklater) in Texas, Dad (Hawke) having recently left. We follow his and the family’s life over the next 12 years, as boy becomes man.

On paper, a film following the life of an young boy from the age of 6 to 18 hardly sounds original. What makes this film special is how it was made. Rather than casting several actors to play the same character (which is distracting at the best of times), director Richard Linklater decided to shoot the film over the course of 12 years with the same actors in their roles. Each year, they would shoot a short segment covering pivotal events in the characters’ lives before eventually editing them together into a full-length film. The end result is a truly authentic portrayal of family life that is both touching and life-affirming.

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Cinema review – Tammy

Tammy film poster

Cast: Melissa McCarthy, Susan Sarandon, Mark Duplass, Kathy Bates, Dan Aykroyd, Allison Janney and Toni Collette.

Plot summary: After losing her job and learning that her husband has been unfaithful, a woman hits the road with her profane, hard-drinking grandmother.

I saw a trailer for this a couple of months ago and while I did laugh at a few parts, it didn’t really sell itself as a must-see film. Still, I went to see it with an open mind, which turned out to be a wise move on my part. First can I say that I really like Melissa McCarthy. I think she is an immensely talented character actress who has been stealing scenes in films for over a decade now; from her bit-part in Charlie’s Angels to her Oscar nominated turn in Bridesmaids.

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