On this week’s show I review Scott Cooper’s Black Mass, starring Johnny Depp, Joel Edgerton and Benedict Cumberbatch, before moving on to James Ponsoldt’s The End Of The Tour, featuring Jesse Eisenberg and a revelatory performance from Jason Segel.
On this week’s show, Fernando and James discuss a few of the more prominent new films they have seen, including Morten Tyldum’s multiple Oscar nominee The Imitation Game, Tim Burton’s return to more serious filmmaking, Big Eyes, and Argentinean Best Foreign Language hopeful, Wild Tales.
The guys also introduce a new regular feature looking at topical film-related stories in the news over the past week. Enjoy!
Director J.J. Abrams and the crew of the Starship Enterprise are back to see how many fake lens flare effects can be crammed into the latest (and certainly not the last) instalment of this rebooted franchise.
This film was discussed on our podcast and a full review is being written.
Inspired as much by my frustration at being unable to see either Spielberg’s Lincoln or Tarantino’s Django Unchained yet – two high-profile awards contenders both dealing with the topic of slavery – I chose to pluck this film from the to-watch pile. Director Michael Apted casts Ioan Gruffudd as William Wilberforce, the man who pushed the abolition of slavery through British Parliament, and does so in a light and breezy fashion that feels more akin to a TV drama rather than a big screen epic. The film is elevated by a strong supporting cast – including Albert Finney, Michael Gambon, Toby Jones and an early major role for Benedict Cumberbatch – but this is really no more than adequately entertaining and focuses way too much on Wilberforce’s personal health issues than the weightier matter at hand.