Touchy Feely (2013)

Touchy Feely, written and directed by Lynn Shelton, premiered last January at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. The film, telling the story of a successful massage therapist who suddenly develops a phobia of human contact, received mixed reviews upon initial viewing and has continued to do so since in most of its limited releases. Finally…

The Book Thief (2013)

I hate to heap unfair expectation on a film in the lead up to eventually seeing it, but in the case of The Book Thief I was never going to be able to restrain myself. The 2006 novel, written by Australian author Markus Zusak, is without a doubt one of the best, most memorable and most…

Stranger By The Lake (2013)

From French director Alain Guiraudie comes Stranger By The Lake, or L’inconnu Du Lac, a sexual thriller that garnered much praise at last years Cannes Film Festival, winning Guiraudie the award for Best Director in the Un Certain Regard section as well as the Queer Palm title. The film follows Franck, a young gay man…

Dallas Buyers Club (2013)

Dallas Buyers Club marks the pinnacle of Matthew McConaughey’s extraordinary return from the wilderness of slick haired, white smiled romantic comedies to the world of engaging, affecting, mesmerising drama. A string of impressive performances starting with 2012’s Mud and including Killer Joe, Magic Mike and The Paperboy have rejuvenated McConaughey and turned one of film’s biggest…

Out Of The Furnace (2013)

I knew absolutely nothing about Out Of The Furnace before choosing it as my next cinematic adventure. What compelled me to take a chance on the film whose trailer I had not even seen was the impressive looking cast list, Christian Bale having recently entertained me in American Hustle and others such as Forest Whitaker…

Inside Llewyn Davis (2013)

The last film I saw and reviewed was The Wolf Of Wall Street, a film that I noted for being devoid of any sympathetic characters and likeable figures. Move forward a week and something I did not expect upon beginning my viewing of the latest offering from the Coen brothers, Inside Llewyn Davis, was to come…

All Is Lost (2013)

Showing that he can handle a wide range when it comes to cinematic content, second time director J. C. Chandon moves from the Wall Street offices of 2011’s Margin Call to the wide expanse of the big blue in one man survival drama All Is Lost. The one man in question is Robert Redford, starring as…