I've seen a fair few bad films over the past 12 months and I can unreservedly say that Peter Jackson's first Hobbit film, The Hobbit: Part One: Chapter One: Prologue: An Unexpected Journey, ranks among my most unpleasant cinema experiences of the year.
11am session on a Sunday morning, EL BULLI. It was always gonna be challenging. Upon running to make the session I realised I could not see this film on an empty stomach. So I ended up eating something that was about as dramatic a contrast as possible from the food shown in the film, a Frankfurt wrapped in a donut. It was disgusting. I love MIFF.
Whether or not I have had enough sleep at this stage is not really the issue. More pressing is the coherence of what you are about to read. Wish me luck, or should I really be wishing you luck. After all, you are choosing to read this and I greatly appreciate that. You could be doing so much more with your time right now but you are here, reading this.
MARTHA MARCY MAY MARLENE is a profoundly devastating and overwhelmingly intense film from first-time filmmaker Sean Durkin. I'll give you fair warning as you are about to read a fairly glowing review. MMMM had an incredible impact on me.
I wanted to wait a little while before seeing Alice in Wonderland. I wanted to like it. I wanted to ignore all the bad press I had heard surrounding it. I wanted Tim Burton to make a great film again...
We can't always get what we want (insert your own Rolling Stones gag here).
It's always fascinating watching an artist who has shown great worth in the past enter a downhill trajectory. We've seen it happen with George Lucas. It happened with the Coen Brothers only to have them come out the other side with career best work.