Anthony Lawrie (SirPant)London
Anthony's Recent Reviews
Funny old film Gravity. It made me feel dizzy and a little bit sick but in this one and only instance, that was a positive thing. I can find no fault with it, although as much as I love Sandra Bullock and I thought she and George Clooney were great, if I had made the film I would have cast completely different people. In fact I would have made quite a few changes and yet I consider it faultless. What the heck? Maybe the whole blockbuster/indie crossover confused me. In that sense it really is a new kind of film, yes the visuals are amazing, the intensity and drama are exhilarating, and yet the quiet moments are not what we have come to expect from a blockbuster but more from an indie. Alfonso Cuarón started as an indie director and has shown that he can do both and do them well. He has also sold me the concept of 3D filming, I was skeptical before but he has shown the way forward. Thrilling throughout, an amazing cinema experience and pretty much faultless.
The first job I had out of Uni was working for Sega. They were real a-holes so it is nice to see nice people going it alone and succeeding for a change. However, unless you're into gaming and programming this film will have limited appeal. Yes, it is nice to see people rewarded for hard work but I'm really not sure I care. The games did look fun, working for Sega pretty much killed my enjoyment of video games and I've hardly touched a control pad since (and that was 13 years ago) but I can't help but think playing a game for a couple of hours may have been a little more interesting. It was nice to see the creative process though and was helpful to a degree with my own creative ventures. Needless to say, this is compulsory viewing for all budding programmers and game nuts.
Anthony's Favorite Movies
There is no doubt in my mind that this is the greatest film ever made. every time I watch it (and I've watched it quite a few times) I find something new, new meaning, new metaphors. Kubrick made very few films but with him the phrase 'Quality over quantity' rings very true. Brilliant.
Probably the most underrated, overlooked and misunderstood film of all time. Don't let the awful American poster put you off either, because this is without a doubt the most beautiful film made in the last 25 years. Its subject matter, pace and Dogma style puts many people off, and to be fair it not everybodies cup of tea, but give it a chance. The last scene, in my opinion, is the best ever in the history of Cinema, a bold statement I know by I stand by it! Brilliant!