Seminal 80′s sci-fi novel, Ender’s Game, has made it to the big screen this week. We bunker down in bootcamp with Ender and co. and see what’s so spectacular about The Spectacular Now. Also: Jobs, The Act of Killing.
Four new releases this week: documentary Blackfish, Noah Baumbach’s Frances Ha, insanely feelgood biopic One Chance and what is shaping up to be one of the biggest films of the year, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.
Julian Assange and WikiLeaks are the subject of both fact and fiction in films this year. We discuss both this week with feature review The Fifth Estate and documentary We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks. Also: Payback, The Bling Ring.
Good Vibrations charts the emergence and rise of the Belfast punk scene, seen through the eyes of record store and record label owner Terri Hooley. The film could be described as a spiritual brother to Michael Winterbottom’s 24 Hour Party People – but while that film indulges in meta-textual fourth wall destruction, Good Vibrations keeps its dirty boots on the ground.
Socialist-minded Terri Hooley (Richard Dormer), dejected at the loss of old friends as the Troubles create a religious civil war, decides to take his substantial record collection and open a record store on the so-called ‘Bomb Alley’ in downtown Belfast. Terri is energised by the explosion of the punk scene and starts a record label to promote local punk bands like the Outcasts, Protex and famously, the Undertones. Read more
Gods, demi-gods, semi-gods…and Schwarzenegger. The second installment in the Thor franchise is our lead review this week and we also take a look back on Hercules In New York. Also: The Slumber Party Massacre.
Latest local release, Australian crime-thriller Mystery Road, is our feature review this week alongside John Hillcoat and Nick Cave’s Aussie western, The Proposition. Also: The Most Dangerous Game, Gravity.