On the Road

Hit the road Jack – ★★★★

So let’s start this review with a disclaimer of sorts. Supposedly On the Road is based on some really famous book by some dude Jock Kerock? I have not read that book as my eyes can only absorb a narrative when it is projected at 24 frames a second.

Right then, confession time over – let’s move on.

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The Amazing Spider-Man

Related post: 10 YEARS ON – AN ODE TO THE ORIGINAL SPIDER-MAN TRILOGY

Tangled up in goo – ★★★½

There was a very strange mix of outrage and apathy when Columbia Pictures and Marvel Studios announced that they’d be moving forward with their Spider-Man franchise without the involvement of Sam Raimi, Tobey Maguire and Kirsten Dunst. The reboot announcement came less than three years after the bloated mess of Spider-Man 3 disappointed fans and critics alike.

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Sun. Dance. [10 to look forward to from the 2012 Sundance Film Festival]

/ See what we did there? It's a stock image of girl DANCING in front of the SUN. Yeah? /

Every year around this time I take a cheeky look at flights to Salt Lake City, Utah.

One of these years I’m actually going to the Sundance Film Festival and try pack in ten days of snow, drinking and independent cinema. But sadly work, money and life commitments mean it won’t be in 2012.

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We all go back to where we belong

Kirsten finds out that there's going to be a Melancholia II.

Last week R.E.M. released what is probably their last video from what is probably their last single from what is probably their last recording session.

This is not an arts or music blog (did you think it was?) but I am posting it here as the video features misunderstood movie star Kirsten Dunst, plus it’s a nice wee tune for the early hours of a Monday morning. There’s also a version featuring the performance artist John Giorno.

Melancholia

A universal portrayal on the human condition - ★★★★

Oh cheer up for Gods sake would you!

People don’t like depressed people or being around them , they make us uneasy and nervous as there is no quick fix to recovery. Kiefer Sutherland takes on this role perfectly as the only “sane” person having to put up with Charlotte Gainsbourg’s colourful family. We have the mother (Charlotte Rampling) who detests marriage with all its pomp and ceremony and is hell bent on letting everyone know this at her daughter’s wedding, the father (John Hurt) who is having a very late mid life crisis parading around with two much younger women by the name of Betty, while Charlotte herself suffers from anxiety attacks. The star of the show however is Charlotte’s sister Kirsten Dunst who gives us a brilliant insight into what it must be like trying to trudge through the mire of depression. Read More