“American Sniper” (2014)

american_sniper_ver2_xlgAmerican Sniper (2014)
Directed by: Clint Eastwood
Running time: 132 minutes

This review could be really short, because while I am in two minds regarding Clint Eastwood’s American Sniper, I feel this two-minute trailer really captured everything I like about it: Continue reading

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“The Theory of Everything” (2014)

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Directed by: James Marsh
Running time: 123 minutes

I think I’m actually out of “too many true-story films” jokes. I guess I’m just fresh out of ideas. Say, just like contemporary Hollywood!

…I’m sorry, that’s not true. I’ve seen some awesome ideas from Hollywood in recent years. But seriously, this is getting old. Continue reading

“Birdman” (2014)

birdman-clickBirdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) (2014)
Directed by: Alejandro G. Inarritu
Running time: 119 minutes

A fictional film! AT LAST. After a slate of screenings of, and trailers for, “true stories” at last we come to a completely original, FICTIONAL story. The curse is ended, and originality prevails! Rather than a historical, emotional roller-coaster, we now have a surreal tale of an aging Hollywood actor trying to throw off the shackles of his blockbuster days by pursuing his more artistic desires that also doubles as a clever parallel of the lead actor’s real life career-

…wait…YOU TRICKED ME! Continue reading

“Unbroken” (2014)

unbroken_australian_poster-600x888Unbroken (2014)
Directed by: Angelina Jolie
Running time: 137 minutes

And so, the “based on a true story” trend continues. I don’t have a problem with this trend as such as there are plenty of amazing stories to be told from history. But when every film, every trailer and every poster use the phrase “true story” as its main selling point, then the phrase begins to lose meaning.

But I digress.

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“The Imitation Game” (2014)

benedict-cumberbenedict-the-imitation-game-movie-posterThe Imitation Game (2014)
Directed by: Morten Tyldum
Running time: 114 minutes

Sitting in the cinema the other day, escaping from the sweltering Melbourne summer heat, I had a realisation: there are a lot of movies coming out that are based on/inspired by true events. I mean A LOT. Not only was I sitting down the watch The Imitation Game (a true story), but earlier in the day I saw The Water Diviner (“inspired” by a true story), along with trailers for UnbrokenSelma and In the Heart of the Sea, all dramatisations of true stories. Does this feed into the calamity of Hollywood making nothing but remakes and reboots? Possibly, as they all run the risk of being stories that we would already know. But we still occasionally get completely fictitious gems like Interstellar, so I wouldn’t be too concerned.

It still catches me as a recent trend though. Anyway, moving on! Continue reading