Movie Review – ‘Cinema Paradiso’ (1988) dir. Giuseppe Tornatore

Movie Review of Cinema Paradiso (1988) dir. Giuseppe Tornatore The film I want to write about this evening is Giuseppe Tornatore’s 1988 masterpiece ‘Cinema Paradiso’. ‘Cinema Paradiso’ is a masterpiece of a movie, and as such wields great power. Through the combination of masterful directing, acting, cinematography, script and musical score, one comes away from…

Movie Review – ‘La Vie En Rose’ (2007) dir. Olivier Dahan

Movie Review of ‘La Vie En Rose’ (2007) dir. Olivier Dahan The film I want to write about tonight is Olivier Dahan’s stunning 2007 film ‘La Vie En Rose’. I feel a certain pull on my heart-strings every time I hear mention of ‘La Vie En Rose’, or happen to hear any of Edith Piaf’s…

Movie Review – ‘Finding Dory’ (2016) dir. Andrew Stanton

Movie Review of ‘Finding Dory’ (2016) dir. Andrew Stanton The film I want to write about tonight is Pixar’s 2016 animated film ‘Finding Dory’. From the short film ‘Piper’ that screened ahead of ‘Finding Dory’, I knew I was in for a treat. Pixar had big shoes to fill making a follow-up film to the…

Movie Review -‘Amélie’ (2001) dir. Jean-Pierre Jeunet

Review of ‘Amélie’ (2001) dir. Jean-Pierre Jeunet The film I want to write about this evening is Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s 2001 film ‘Amelie’. When writing about ‘Amélie’, the first word that comes to mind is ‘curious’, which is certainly a word that has been used many times to describe this film, yet somehow, regardless of its…

Movie Review – ‘Amour’ (2012) dir. Michael Haneke

Review of ‘Amour’ (2012) dir. Michael Haneke The film I want to write about this evening is Michael Haneke’s 2012 Palme d’Or winning film ‘Amour’. This film very deservedly received near universal acclaim for its unflinching depiction of love, suffering and death. Haneke received criticism for what has become his renowned icy and detached style…

Movie Review – ‘Hero’ (2002) dir. Zhang Yimou

Review of ‘Hero’ (2002) dir. Zhang Yimou The film I want to write about tonight is the 2002 wuxia film ‘Hero’. I am not knowledgeable when it comes to martial arts films in general and certainly not this type. Some of my earliest memories of film were actually Bruce Lee’s films that my Dad would…

Movie Review – ‘Ponyo’ (2008) dir. Hayao Miyazaki

Review of ‘Ponyo’ (2008) dir. Hayao Miyazaki The film I’m writing about tonight has huge symbolism in my life as it shaped the way I view animation. As I sit here watching the stunning opening of Hayao Miyazaki’s ‘Ponyo’ I am still to this day struck with the same awe, if not more, than when…