Anthony's Recent Reviews
Roger Michell's Le Week-End is his best film to date, hands down. It's not the easy watch you might think it is from the poster and all the better for it. Ever wondered what those bohemian, free loving, fast living couples, typically seen in 1960s films by Jean-Luc Godard (check the title) and Francois Truffaut would become like in old age. The couples that weren't supposed to stay together but were supposed to be forever free in their sexuality and a slave to no one. Don't get me wrong, this isn't a film about old hippys, more of new thinking intellectuals. It's a tender but brutally honest portrayal of a great love story, desperate, disagreeable and completely hopeless. Set in Paris, the City of Love, Jim Broadbent and Lindsay Duncan play the best screen couple I've seen in cinema for quite a long time.
When an Asian film such as the original Oldboy gains popularity on a global scale, the Hollywood remake is inevitable. Why make films for the lazy people who can't be bothered to read subtitles? If a film has a good story but doesn't reach full potential then sure, remake away but when it is recognised as a modern classic you leave it alone. To hear that Spike Lee was behind the remake was the real surprise. The fact that it wasn't going to be one of his 'Joints' but merely a 'film' didn't exactly get anyone's hopes up either. We are all agreed that this remake was a needless one but I would argue that it is a good one. The changes are slight but for my money it is still pretty entertaining and the differences are interesting enough to keep me entertained throughout. Of all the Asian films made into Western movies, this was the one that shouldn't have worked but somehow it does. 99 Luftballons' by Nena is a great song, a party classic but so is 99 Red Balloons.
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!