4 items from 2014
Certain to be referred to as an indie film counterpart to Quentin Tarantino’s 2012 Django Unchained due to its depiction of black men involved in Civil War era bounty hunting, director Chris Eska’s emotionally engaging sophomore film, The Retrieval, is a resonant and haunting coming of age narrative that’s as adeptly written as it is performed. Tishuan Scott’s win for Breakthrough Performance at the 2013 SXSW Film Festival seems well placed, and will hopefully be an accolade that funnels some attention to the rather somber film.
It’s 1864 and America is in the last leg of the Civil War. Will (Ashton Sanders), who is 13 years of age, works with his uncle Marcus (Keston John) for a band of bounty hunters led by Burrell (Bill Oberst Jr.). Generally, Burrell and co. hunt down runaway slaves, using Will »
- Nicholas Bell
Science fiction, man. I love it. But comic books make me want to hate it. I mean, I get that comic books aren’t really a literary medium. They can be, but they’re read mostly by people avoiding the commitment and sometimes challenge of a more rigorous, if still speculative, format, namely prose. Now I’m not going to pretend that prose Sf&F is always a step up from comics and, in fact, there’s pretty much an equal ratio of turds to gold (there’s some kind of law for this, I think). But so much more effort is put into the “science” part of science fiction in literature than it is in comics, and that seems to be an unfortunate result of the assumption (perhaps correctly) most comic book writers make that their audience isn’t interested in “harder” sci-fi or fantasy. But they try at it anyway sometimes, »
- Chris Melkus
Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: March 11, 2014
Price: DVD $22.98, Blu-ray $29.98
Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
Starring Christian Bale (The Fighter), Casey Affleck (The Killer Inside Me), Zoe Saldana (Colombiana) and Woody Harrelson (The Messenger), the 2013 drama Out of the Furnace is the latest film by Scott Cooper, the critically acclaimed writer and director of Crazy Heart.
The movie focuses on Russell Baze (Bale) leads a dead-end life – he works a meaningless steel mill job all day, and cares for his terminally ill father at night. When Russell’s brother Rodney (Affleck) returns home from Iraq, he is lured into one of the Northeast’s most ruthless crime rings and mysteriously disappears. When the police fail to solve the case, Russell puts his life at risk in order to seek justice for his brother.
Animal-head-wearing terrorists are spreading the plague in Malmö and Copenhagen, and the beautiful bridge is struck by a crewless ship. Luckily Saga and her leather trousers are on hand
Spoiler Alert: This is for people watching The Bridge at BBC4 pace. Don't read on if you haven't seen episodes one and two of the second season – and if you've seen further ahead, please do not post spoilers.
Catch up with Vicky Frost's series one blog
Welcome to The Bridge series two blog. I'll be posting my thoughts on the week's episodes of this Scandi-drama for the next five Saturdays. And, as night follows day, you'll be correcting my barmy theorising with your below-the-line good sense. Ideally in idiomatic Swedish or Danish. Or, for extra credits, Finnish.
So far I'm sceptical about the bona fides of these animal-head-wearing terrorists who are menacing Malmö and Copenhagen by poisoning corporate fruit baskets and tiger-prawn ready-meals, »
- Stuart Jeffries
4 items from 2014
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