Tag Archives: year: 2014

Fast Five Review: Jane the Virgin Season 1

Jane Season 1

JANE THE VIRGIN SEASON 1
2014 | Drama, Comedy

Jane Villanueva Cordero is a student teacher, an aspiring writer and a devout Catholic – but when she becomes pregnant after being accidentally artificially inseminated during a routine checkup, Jane’s whole life becomes as complicated and unpredictable as the telenovelas she watches with her mother and grandmother every day.

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Fast Five Review: Cats Uncovered (2014)

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CATS UNCOVERED
2014 | G | Documentary

Aloof. Disdainful. Vicious. Or friendly, fluffy balls of fur who just want to be loved. Opinions on cats tend to differ though one thing is sure – they occupy a very special place in the hearts of many. But how much do we really know about them? This fascinating and revealing series investigates every aspect of the lives of this often-misunderstood species. Continue reading

Fast Five Review: The Skeleton Twins (2014)

Skeleton Twins

 

Reviewed by Naomi

1. Did you like it?

Yes.

2. Why/Why not?

Estranged twins Maggie and Milo (Kristen Wiig and Bill Hader) reconnect after they independently have near death experiences but they are not happy to see each other. As the movie progresses and their present day trainwreck lives are explained, we gradually find out what led to their estragement.

It’s a pretty full on viewing and definitely well made, great script, great acting, but it’s not a feel-good indie movie. I usually like indie films for their bitter-sweetness, but this one erred on the side of bitter more than sweet. Having said that, there’s some great moments where the chemistry between Wiig and Hader is genuinely indearing and reminds me of the best kinds of adult siblings relationships.

3. “You would enjoy this movie if…”

If you’re an indie fan.

4. “This film made me think…”

There was a lot of life decisions to cringe at. I cringed a lot.

5. Stars out of five?

2

Fast Five Review: Wild (2014)

Wild

 Review by Naomi

1. Did you like it?

Overall, yes.

2. Why/Why not?

Wild is the movie adaptation of the book by Cheryl Strayed. Cheryl’s life is headed down a destructive path; reckless behaviour, drugs, infidelity and marriage breakdown but she decides she will hike the Pacific Coast Trail alone and use the experience to pull herself together. The timeline jumps around, telling her back-story even as she begins the trek. Her completely inadequate knowledge of hiking becomes apparent very quickly. Initially her adventuress and foolhardy spirit is admirable, but her inexperience is jarring. What I really liked about the film was that when she was out on her own in the wilderness, her reckless choices leading to consequences to be felt by herself alone, there was nobody else there to pick up the pieces, so she had to. It’s hard to sympathise with her character, but I still wanted to see her succeed.

The scenery is amazing and the sequences with no dialogue are pretty powerful. Although these scenes are a feature in the film, Cheryl does cross paths with various people, some who frighten her, encourage her, even some help lighten her load – physically and metaphorically.

3. “You would enjoy this movie if…”

…if you liked Castaway, The Way, Into The Wild.

4. “This series made me think…”

I love the outdoors and need to spend more time wandering there.

5. Stars out of five?

3

Fast Five Review: Gone Girl (2014)

GoneGirl

Review by Paul

1. Did you like it?

Yes

2. Why/Why not?

Features a twisting storyline which generates a level of doubt and uncertainty matching real life incidents. Gone Girl holds an undercurrent of humorous and light heartedness which serves to balance a storyline and style which is dark and ominous.

3. “You would enjoy this movie if…”

You enjoy films which make you think and second guess yourself and enjoy being engrossed in storylines.

4. “This series made me think…”

Explores the themes of media responsibility in its portrayal of criminal suspects and the how society views accused individuals.

5. Stars out of five?

4

Fast Five Review: Boyhood (2014)

 

 

Boyhood

 

Review by Virginia

1. Did you like it?

Yes, loved it.

2. Why/why not?

Filming over 12 years gives the viewer a unique opportunity to view transforming lives. Changing circumstances affected each family member in different ways and even though it is scripted it was fascinating to observe the varied reactions to each change. The daily pressure on the mother and the development of the natural father was interesting, including his patience with the children and each step father.

A different sequence was shot each year for the actors to age with their characters. I was thinking throughout the film about the risks taken by the film’s producers when casting for each role not knowing if each actor would continue to be available and how each actor would or would not grow into the role.

3. You would enjoy this movie if you…

Appreciate the value of understated dialogue.

4. The film made me think?

The love for the young adults from family and friends helped create balance even after they lived through a disrupted upbringing.

5. Stars out of five?

4.5

Fast Five Review: Into The Woods (2014)

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Review by Naomi

1. Did you like it?

Yes

2. Why/Why not?

Into the Woods is a number of well known fairy tales woven together into a new storyline. Tales like Cinderella, Jack and the Beanstalk, Little Red Riding Hood and more. It’s fun to see these stories in live action and with so many great actors; Meryl Streep, Emily Blunt, Johnny Depp, Anna Kendrick and Chris Pine. What I wasn’t expecting was to find that it’s a musical! And I’m not even talking about the kind of musical that has a song every 10 minutes – most of the dialogue is set to song. There are two distinct acts to this story. The first half is the playing out of all the fairy tales we know and love, the second half is spent reconciling Into The Woods’ own story. This very clear dividing of the story made the second half a bit hard to get through, but I soldiered on and watched it all, including some pretty surprising twists and turns.

3. “You would enjoy this movie if…”

If you’re a lover of Alice in Wonderland and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. It reminded me a little of a Tim Burton productions, but perhaps less dark.

4. “This series made me think…”

Best charactarisation of ‘prince charming’ I’ve seen. Especially he and his brother’s big number. Classic. Chris Pine is a good comedy actor.

5. Stars out of five?

3 – it was pretty good.

Fast Five Review: Space Dandy (2014)

SpaceDandy

Review by Jennifer

1. Did you like it?

It’s a fun sci-fi parody. I enjoyed the first couple of episodes, but it goes for 2 seasons, which in my opinion is a bit much…

2. Why/Why not?

Space Dandy does what it says on the box – he’s a dandy guy: in space! Dandy is a vain, girl-chasing bounty hunter who travels the galaxy looking for new alien species to capture for cash. He travels with an adorable and put-upon robot assistant, and an alien who looks like a cat. There are plenty of puerile and absurd laughs to be had, if that’s what you’re into. The creators have clearly watched a lot of shows like Blakes 7, The Jetsons and UFO (or their Japanese equivalents). The more trashy, low budget vintage sci-fi you’ve seen, the funnier you’ll find this.

3. “You would enjoy this series if…”

You’re really into anime and want to know how Japan would do a show like Red Dwarf (not that this is anywhere near as brilliant as Red Dwarf).

4. “This series made me think…”

It’s been a long time since I’ve watched much anime, and I just don’t understand all its tropes and quirks anymore.

5. Stars out of five?

2.5