Out Now – 21st March 2014

Labor Day

Labor Day
Jason Reitman has directed five great films… and he’s directed Labor Day. Silly romantic drama about Stockholm Syndrome setting in over a long weekend when Josh Brolin’s brooding escapee takes refuge in Kate Winslet’s sad widow’s house. There are pies and sexual tension in a film I described as “a good film if a little too laboured (HA!) to be believable.” That joke never gets old.

Starred Up
Jack O’Connell plays the character he usually plays; a terrifying angry young man that fails to get my sympathy because I can imagine looking at him in the wrong way and getting a black eye. This is gritty British prison drama at its best but this isn’t a genre that I particularly enjoy. My second three star film out this week.

A Long Way Down
A saccharin-seeming Nick Hornby adaptation about four people who form an unlikely friendship (take a shot) when they meet on a rooftop while attempting to commit suicide. Reviews are mixed at best but for some reason I wouldn’t mind giving the film a try.

About Last Night
“Follow two couples as they journey from the bar to the bedroom and are eventually put to the test in the real world.” I advise you follow these couples only through watching this film rather than in real life. Following a couple from the bar to the bedroom could lead you to dangerous sexual situations.

Salvo
Italian film about a bodyguard and hitman called Salvo. Upon meeting the blind sister of one of his targets Salvo is made “to question himself and his existence”. Expect lots of violence followed by quiet contemplation.

The Machine
UK sci-fi thriller in which robots are used for evil! I will be reviewing this film next week when I return from my accidental blog strike. A strike I am apparently holding against myself. What an idiot.

The Robber
I should probably focus on the fact that this German film focusses on the true story of a marathon runner turned bank robber but I am too distracted by how childish sounding the word “robber” suddenly feels.

Svengali
British comedy about a postman who enters the music industry. Interestingly enough the Postman Pat film has a similar plot but Svengali is infinitely less likely to tarnish the memory of a childhood favourite. Damn you Pat!

G.B.F.
“What happens after Tanner is outed by his classmates and becomes the title “gay best friend” for three high school queen bees?” A teen comedy centred around a gay character has the potential to be progressive or horribly exploitative. People I respect have given differing reviews; the good and the bad/ugly.

Yves Saint Laurent
Biopic looking at the life of Yves Saint Laurent. The poster uses the same logo as the brand which caused me more confusion than you’d expect.

The Unknown Known
“Former United States Secretary of Defense, Donald Rumsfeld, discusses his career in Washington D.C. from his days as a congressman in the early 1960s to planning the invasion of Iraq in 2003.”