The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013)

Oh look, it’s another review of that new film everybody has been talking about. You know the one, with the kids and the killing and stuff. No, silly, not Battle Royale, it’s The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. Just over a year has passed since we witnessed Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark defy all the odds and…

Mini Reviews #5

What I have been watching over the last seven days: In America (2002) Director: Jim Sheridan Starring: Samantha Morton, Paddy Considine, Sarah Bolger An incredibly emotional tale of an Irish immigrant family who relocate to New York in the 1980s to begin a new life. Though narrated by one of the family’s young daughters, the…

The Butler (2013)

The Butler is a sweeping historical drama inspired loosely by the life of real White House worker Eugene Allen, who worked at the Washington D.C. residence for thirty four years from 1952 to 1986 serving seven different Presidents. The film marks somewhat of a departure for director Lee Daniels whose previous work, including 2009’s Precious and…

Mini Reviews #4

What I have been watching over the last seven days: Suddenly (2002) Director: Diego Lerman Starring: Tatiana Saphir, Carla Crespo, Veronica Hassan An interesting Argentinian and Dutch film in which a naive shop assistant is swept away on a road trip by two free spirited punks. A story of sexual awakening and discovery layered with…

Gravity (2013)

The premise is as simple as you will find in a film that is set to make upwards of half a billion dollars. Two astronauts, lost in space, trying to get home. I was anxious before going in to see Gravity that it was not going to be able to live up to the gargantuan…

Mini Reviews #3

What I have been watching over the last seven days: The Pebble And The Penguin (1995) Director: Don Bluth and Gary Goldman Starring: Martin Short, James Belushi, Annie Golden A rather forgettable Don Bluth animation, no where near as good as his other offerings such as An American Tale or The Land Before Time. The…