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Mrs. Browns Boys D'Movie

Summary: When market-trader Agnes Brown finds her stall under threat from a ruthless developer, she and her family embark on a campaign to save their livelihood, aided only by a motley troop comprising Buster’s blind trainee ninjas, a barrister with an unhelpful affliction, and Grandad’s elderly friends. As daughter Cathy turns her back on the family business and unwanted secrets emerge from Agnes’s past, could the Brown matriarch finally be out of her depth?

Year: 2014

Australian Cinema Release Date: 24th July, 2014

Australian DVD Release Date: TBA

Country: UK, Ireland

Director: Ben Kellett

Screenwriter: Brendan O’Carroll

Cast: David Armand (James (PA)), Richard Attlee (Ivan Bogmonovitch), Robert Bathurst (Maydo Archer), Shane Byrne (Vladamir), Rory Cowan (Rory Brown), Chris Cowlin (Irish Garda), Dermot Crowley (P.R. Irwin), Sorcha Cusack (Justice Dickie), Simon Delaney (Tom Crews), Martin Delany (Trevor Brown), Joe Duffy (himself), Keith Duffy (John), Michael James Ford (Michael Gibney), Raj Ghatak (Rab Patel), Conor Gibney (Garda), Fiona Gibney (Sharon McGoogan), Jennifer Gibney (Cathy Brown), Jimmy Gibney (Father McBride), Maire Hastings (Philomena Nine Warts), Gary Hollywood (Dino Doyle), Eamonn Holmes (himself), Paddy Houlihan (Dermot Brown), Radoslaw Kaim (Uri), Darragh Kelly (Fintan Bullwhip), Frank Kelly (Justice Cannon), Jon Kenny (Cunningham), John Masterson (Mack), Paul Mayhew-Archer (The Hammer Murphy), Conor Moloney (Father Damien), Zeb Moore (Tom), Laurie Morton (May Moccasin), Nick Nevern (Gregor), Mike Nolan (Foley), Cjan O’Callaghan (Irma Byke), Brendan O’Carroll (Agnes Brown), Danny O’Carroll (Buster Brady), Eilish O’Carroll (Winnie McGoogan), Fiona O’Carroll (Maria Brown), Jamie O’Carroll (Bono Brown), Sam O’Mahony (Ritchie Naylor), Dermot O’Neil (Grandad Brown), Chris Patrick-Simpson (Ninja Joe), Emily Regan (Barbara), June Rodgers (Fat Annie McCrum), Pat Shields (Mark Brown), Helen Spain (Maggie May), Brian Whitehead (Andrei), Amanda Woods (Betty Brown)

Runtime: 95 mins

Classification: M

 

OUR MRS. BROWN’S BOYS D’MOVIE REVIEWS & RATINGS:

 

Nick Gardener: You can check out Nick’s Mrs. Brown’s Boys D’Movie review on The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Ep #89

Stars(2.5)

 

David Griffiths:

As a film Mrs. Brown’s Boys D’Movie has changed the art of film reviewing forever. From now on it will acceptable to describe a film as bad, very bad, exceptionally awful and ‘as bad as that Mrs. Brown’s movie.’ Yes Mrs. Brown’s Boys D’Movie is easily one of the worst films not only to be released in cinemas this year, but to have ever been released in cinemas at all. This unfunny film even makes some of Adam Sandler’s worst films look and feel like fine art.

Based on the popular television show Mrs. Brown’s Boys the film sees Agnes Brown (Brendan O’Carroll) believing that everything is going fine, she gets up every morning and goes to her fruit and vegetable stall. The only minor hiccups up in her life are normally things going wrong with one of her boys.

But things soon take a drastic turn for the worse when local Member of Parliament P.R Irwin (Dermot Crowley) teams up with the Mafia and decides that it is time for Mrs. Brown and her Moore Street market to be sold off. On top of that Mrs. Brown suddenly finds herself deep in debt with the taxation office as well.

Over the years we’ve seen some pretty bad films be made after a producer has decided that a hit television series should make its debut on the big screen. Think about how good Mr. Bean was on the small screen, now think of how ordinary the Mr. Bean movies turned out to be. Like the times when this idea has failed the biggest reason for Mrs. Brown’s Boys D’Movie to be bad is because of how different the show is to the television series.

Why the movie is so different to its small screen counterpart is a big mystery. All the key cast and characters are present, the director Ben Kellett has directed twenty-three episodes of the show and the screenplay was written by the show’s creator Brendan O’Carroll. But somewhere along the journey someone decided that the movie should be bigger than anything that had ever happened on the show, and that is where everything went horribly wrong.

Most fans of the television show will tell that they reason they love it so much is because of the witty one-liners that come from the characters but all that is missing from the film. Instead the film tries to go bigger and better with a big song and dance number at the beginning that seems badly out of place and then things go steeply downhill from there. The jokes are unfunny and largely seem to be recycled (oh wow a female journalist called Ima Bike, wow that is really original… not) and even the whole Mafia vs the regular person storyline has been done to death over the years.

The storyline is just the beginning of the clichés though. It seems like any character that normally doesn’t appear in the television show was written as a complete cliché for the film. Yes of course in a comedy you can’t really have the bad guys violently bashing or maiming people but they can be a little more menacing than the characters here and don’t have to be cardboard cut-outs of what a bad guy should be. And it’s not just the bad guys that have been written as clichés, no any journalist, judge or lawyer seems to suffer the same fate as well.

There are some ‘nice’ moments of Mrs. Brown’s Boys D’Movie but they are few and far between. The film reaches its peak when it decides to surprisingly turn serious for a moment and delve into the fact that when Mrs. Brown first became a widow she was sadly forced to put her children into care. It’s touching moments like that that make the film watchable but sadly they are ruined by the number of unfunny jokes that clutter the film and make the audience wish they could do bodily harm to themselves with their choc-tops.

Mrs. Brown’s Boys D’Movie just goes to show how much comedy has changed over the years. A while ago a film like this would have an audience in stitches. But comedy has changed, seeing a man in drag and a tonne of jokes against minorities are not funny. Likewise the inclusion of bloopers and 4th wall moments just don’t work on the big screen the same way as they do the small screen.

As a result Mrs. Brown’s Boys D’Movie is a complete waste of time that has very few redeeming features. This is one film that you will want to give a wide berth to.

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Average Subculture Rating (out of 5):  Stars(2)

 

IMDB Rating:  Mrs. Brown's Boys D'Movie (2014) on IMDb

 

Other Subculture Entertainment Reviews of ‘Mrs. Brown’s Boys D’Movie′: For our full Mrs. Brown’s Boys D’Movie review please check The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Ep #89. You can also check out Dave’s review on The Book The Film The T-Shirt.

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Once My Mother

Summary: When Australian filmmaker Sophia Turkiewicz (Silver City) was seven years old, her Polish mother, Helen, abandoned her in an Adelaide orphanage. Sophia never forgot this maternal act of betrayal. Now in middle age, and with her mother in her twilight years, Sophia begins to examine her troubled relationship with Helen.

She discovers the miraculous story of Helen’s life – an orphaned childhood on the streets of Poland, a wartime escape from a Siberian gulag and an enforced march of thousands of kilometres across a war-torn Eastern Europe to the shores of the Caspian Sea in Persia, before finding a peace of sorts in refugee camps first in Africa and then Australia. With Helen sliding into dementia, Sophia must confront her own demons. Did she ever truly know this woman who became her mother? Does she have it in her heart to forgive her for her abandonment? And is it too late?

Year: 2014

Australian Cinema Release Date: 24th July, 2014

Australian DVD Release Date: TBA

Country: Australia, Poland, Ukraine

Director: Sophia Turkiewicz

Screenwriter: Sophia Turkiewicz

Cast: N/A

Runtime: 75 mins

Classification: PG

 

OUR ONCE MY MOTHER REVIEWS & RATINGS:

 

Greg King: You can check out Greg’s Once My Mother review on www.filmreviews.net.au

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Average Subculture Rating (out of 5):  Stars(3)

 

IMDB Rating:  Once My Mother (2014) on IMDb

 

Other Subculture Entertainment Reviews of ‘Once My Mother′: For our full Once My Mother review please check The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Ep #89.

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The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show

This week on The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Adam, Dave,  Nick and Greg take a look at new release films ‘Devil’s Knots’, ‘Once For Mother,’ ‘Snowpiercer,’ ‘Mrs. Brown’s Boys D’ Movie,’ ‘Hercules,’ ‘Deliver Us From Evil  and ‘Still Life’. This episode also contains interviews with Dwayne Johnson, Eric Bana and Scott Derrickson.

Also listen for your chance to win a double pass to see Thomas & Friends: Tale Of The Brave The Movie thanks to Hoyts Junior.

To listen to the show you can download it for free from our Podcast Channel – Listen/Download here

Hot Tub Time Machine 2 Picture

The Hot Tub Time Machine 2 trailer has landed.

Paramount Pictures have also given us a sneak peek at the synopsis saying - In the sequel, when Lou (Rob Corddry) finds himself in trouble, Nick (Craig Robinson) and Jacob (Clark Duke) fire up the hot tub time machine in an attempt to get back to the past. But they inadvertently land in the future. Now they have to alter the future in order to save the past… which is really the present.

Hot Tub Time Machine 2 will be released in Australia on the 15th January, 2015.

Fifty Shades Of Grey

Strap yourself in ladies the Fifty Shades Of Grey trailer has just been released. The film which stars Jamie Dornan (as Christian Grey) and Dakota Johnson (as Anastasia Steele) and is directed by Sam Taylor-Johnson will be released on 14th February, 2015.

 

Hercules

Summary: Both man and myth, Hercules (Dwayne Johnson) leads a band of mercenaries to help end a bloody civil war in the land of Thrace and return the rightful king to his throne. A tormented soul from birth, Hercules has the strength of a God but feels the suffering of a human.

Year: 2014

Australian Cinema Release Date: 24th July, 2014

Australian DVD Release Date: TBA

Country: USA

Director: Brett Ratner

Screenwriter: Ryan Condal, Evan Spilitopoulos, Steve Moore (graphic novel)

Cast: Joe Anderson (Phineas), Isaac Andrews (Arius), Krasen Belev (Oyley), Ingrid Bolso Berdal (Atalanta), Adrian Bouchet (Zeus), John Cross (Lt. Marcos), Christopher Fairbank (Gryza), Rebecca Ferguson (Ergenia), Joseph Fiennes (King Eurystheus), Aksel Hennie (Tydeus), John Hurt (Lord Cotys), Dwayne Johnson (Hercules), Ian McShane (Amphiaraus), Nicholas Moss (Demetrius), Peter Mullan (Sitacles), Barbara Palvin (Antimache), Stephen Peacocke (Stephanos), Mark Phelan (Corsair), Reece Ritchie (Iolaus), Tobias Santelmann (Rhesus), Rufus Sewell (Autolycus), Irina Shayk (Megara), Karolina Szymczak (Alcmene), Robert Whitelock (Nicolaus), Aden G. Wright (Child Hercules)

Runtime: 98 mins

Classification: M

 

OUR HERCULES REVIEWS & RATINGS:

 

Nick Gardener: You can check out Nick’s Hercules review on The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Ep #89

Stars(3.5)

 

David Griffiths:

So many of the big blockbusters of this year have exceeded just how good they were expected to be. Think about films like Captain America: Winter Soldier and Edge Of Tomorrow, now add Hercules to that list because director Brett Ratner (who has had a hit and miss career to date) has certainly delivered the goods.

Based on the Marvel graphic novel rather than Greek mythology itself Hercules begins with the legend of Hercules (Dwayne Johnson) spreading across the land, but what is myth and what is truth? To some he is a fallen hero and to others he is a freedom fighter. The ultimate test comes for Hercules when he and his friends Amphiaraus (Ian McShane), Autolycus (Rufus Sewell), Tydeus (Aksel Hennie), Atalanta (Ingrid Bolso Berdal) and Iolaus (Reece Rithcie) are hired by Lord Cotys (John Hurt) to rid the Land of Thrace of a warlord who aims to enslave his people.

Obviously spurred on by what has worked in recent comic book movies like The Dark Knight and The Avengers Ratner takes the Marvel Comics’ version of Hercules and serves up a decent action film that for once seems to remember just how important things such as characterisation and a decent screenplay go in making a film watchable for its audience. Here Hercules and co are well rounded characters, and while Ratner doesn’t go into full novella style back stories he does do enough so that most of the characters aren’t simply just walking clichés that has as much life as the cardboard cut-outs in the cinema lobby.

Ratner also decides to take Hercules back into some of the old school styles of filmmaking. Instead of relying on CGI to do absolutely everything here Ratner learns from the masters of old and actually has some grand sets in the background of some of his scenes and even decides to throw some stuntmen into the furore during the battle sequences rather than allowing a computer to do the work. Even better is the fact that for once a director seems to embrace the 3D technology correctly and sometimes the audience will find themselves duckng as a sword is smashed out of The Rock’s hand towards them or when they suddenly find a spear menacingly thrust towards their faces.

Of course some of the credit for Hercules working so well has to be given to the screenwriters who have served up Ratner an absolute gem of an action script. Yes there are some heavy battle sequences that will keep the action junkies happy but they have also developed some good storylines for those of the audience who want a little more than blood and guts served up to them. The question of how much of Hercules’ past is myth or truth throws up some interesting questions for viewers, as does questions over actually what happened to his children and wife… is he a cold blooded hero? Even the screenplay’s big twist works a treat and won’t be seen by those who are expecting this to be a simple action film.

Then of course there are the actors. The inclusion of veterans such as John Hurt and Ian McShane bring a sense of credibility to the cast and both are standouts in their roles. The big surprise here though is Dwayne ‘please don’t call me The Rock’ Johnson, who really steps up in the acting stakes. Yes he has the body of a Greek God, handy when you are playing Hercules, but he doesn’t allow that to do all the talking and instead there are times in this film when he is called upon to deliver some dramatic lines and show emotion… both of which he surprisingly pulls off pretty well.

While many won’t be expecting much from Hercules it does certainly serve up the goods if you are seeking a good action film rather than a work of art. Ratner delivers some brilliant battle sequences while the storyline in the background puts waste to some of the weaker action films that we have seen on the big screen in recent years. And last but not least it’s time to admit defeat Kellan Lutz because Dwayne Johnson’s Hercules just handed you your ass on a plate.

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Average Subculture Rating (out of 5):  Stars(4)

 

IMDB Rating:  Hercules (2014) on IMDb

 

Other Subculture Entertainment Reviews of ‘Hercules′: For our full Hercules review please check The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Ep #89. You can also check out Dave’s review at The Book The Film The T-Shirt.

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Devil's Knot

Summary: Based on the true crime and novel by Mara Leveritt, Devil’s Knot explores the murder and trial of three boys that went missing in Memphis in 1993. The crime brings three teenagers to trial and despite pleading innocent and the mounting forensic evidence to support their innocence, the teenagers are persecuted without question and left at the mercy of lawyer Ron Lax who continues to probe deeper into the case and the prejudices that exist within the court of law. The film explores the lives of deeply misunderstood outsiders, their families and communities, and their darkest fantasies. The conviction of the West Memphis Three – Damien Echols, Jesse Misskelley, Jr., and Jason Baldwin – riled the American justice system, shocked a tightly knit religious town and outraged the nation.

Year: 2013

Australian Cinema Release Date: 24th July, 2014

Australian DVD Release Date: TBA

Country: USA

Director: Atom Egoyan

Screenwriter: Paul Harris Boardman, Scott Derrickson, Mara Leveritt (novel)

Cast: Robert Baker (Detective Bryn Ridge), Paul Boardman Jnr. (Michael Moore), Kerry Cahill (Jo Lynn), Brandon Carroll (Bobby DeAngelo), Jack Coghlan (Aaron Hutcherson), Dane DeHaan (Chris Morgan), Kevin Durand (John Mark Byers), Mireille Enos (Vicki Hutcheson), Colin Firth (Ron Lax), Wilbur Fitzgerald (Tom), Michael Gladis (Dan Stidham), Bruce Greenwood (Judge Burnett), Gary Grubbs (Dale Griffis), James Hamrick (Damien Echols), Martin Henderson (Brent Davis), Kristopher Higgins (Jessie Miskelley), Stan Houston (Detective Donald Bray), Brian Howe (Detective McDonough), Ted Huckabee (Steve Jones), Julie Ivey (Melissa Byers), Jet Jurgensmeyer (Stevie Branch), Elias Koteas (Jerry Driver), Matt Letscher (Paul Ford), Rex Linn (Chief Inspector Gitchell), Seth Meriwether (Jason Baldwin), Stephen Moyer (John Fogelman), Bill Murphey (Marty King), Alessandro Nivola (Terry Hobbs), Kristoffer Polaha (Val Price), Anessa Ramsey (Rosie), Amy Ryan (Margaret Lax), Lori Beth Sikes (Annie), Brad D. Smith (Todd Moore), Brandon Spink (Christopher Byers), Matthew Stanton (Detective Durham), Clay Stapleford (Detective Mike Allen), Stephanie Stewart (Domini Teer), Brooke Jaye Taylor (Officer Regina Meeks), Reese Witherspoon (Pam Hobbs), Collette Wolfe (Glori Shettles), Isabella Zentkovich (Amanda Hobbs)

Runtime: 114 mins

Classification: M

 

OUR DEVIL’S KNOT REVIEWS & RATINGS:

 

David Griffiths:

The story of The West Memphis Three has been itching to be turned into a feature film for a great deal many years now. Countless documentaries have been made around the case over the years, and so powerful is the story of injustice that it has been impossible for anyone to sit through them without some kind of anger building up inside them. To be brutally honest the whole story (or should that be saga) is really a screenwriter and director’s dream.

Devil’s Knot looks at the case of The West Memphis Three told through the eyes of a private investigator, Ron Lax (Colin Firth) and one of the grieving mothers, Pam Hobbs (Reese Witherspoon). As Hobbs desperately tries to work out what happened in her son’s murder Lax concentrates on the theory that the three accused, Damien Echols (James Hamrick), Jason Baldwin (Seth Meriwether) and Jessie Misskelley (Kristopher Higgins) are innocent.

Oscar nominated director Atom Egoyan decides to tackle the case head-on in his latest film Devil’s Knot. Now a rookie filmmaker may have simply decided that this film should be told through the eyes of one of the accused but Egoyan is smarter than that and instead digs up the story of one of the case’s lesser known players, the private investigator hired by the three accused’s legal team to try and clear their clients name. So not to make the film too one sided Egoyan also tells part of the story through the eyes of Pam Hobbs, a grieving mother who seems more open to the fact that injustice is being done than anyone else involved in the case.

Early on Devil’s Knot is a promising film. It digs up certain parts of the case that are naturally overlooked in most explorations into the case including the mysterious ‘muddied and bloodied black man’ who was spotted in a fast food diner on the night of the murders. But it’s not long after that revolution that Egoyan seems to let Devil’s Knot dangerously let itself down. Just as Lax beguns to uncover series leads that suggest a Police cover-up and Police corruption the film pulls back from how hard-hitting it should have been and instead becomes a court room drama in the vein of a television show like Law & Order.

The second half of Devil’s Knot shows why a director of the class of David Fincher needs to get hold of this story and do something with it. The links of the boys to the occult and Satanic rituals could have taken the film into some dark places while the whole Police corruption element and them deciding to investigate Ron Lax needed to have a lot more suspense put into it then what it shown here. For Devil’s Knot to work there needed to be less of Lax sitting around in an office and talking to the lawyers and more of him actually out on the street doing the leg work – after all he had to be getting these leads from somewhere, right? Perhaps the most ironic thing about how much the screenplay lets down the film is that it comes from the same pen as Deliver Us From Evil, Scott Derrickson.

As a result Egoyan really under uses his two leads. Colin Firth seems like an actor champing at the bit for a dramatic scene right throughout Devil’s Knot while Reese Witherspoon plumps up and heads into the similar character territory she explored in Mud but again she is let down. Instead of allowing her character to deliver some powerful scenes when she starts suspecting her own husband, Terry Hobbs (Alessandro Nivola), as being involved in their son’s murder. It’s a sad point to make but the screenplay here really does let down both Firth and Witherspoon.

Devil’s Knot could easily have been one of the best films of the year, but sadly it is let down by a director and screenwriter who seem reluctant to tap into the suspense that is handed to them on a plate. Instead the second half of the film becomes a slow court room drama that never really lives up to its potential. Colin Firth and Reese Witherspoon try in vain to deliver something but even they are let down dangerously by a script that needed to be much better.

Stars(2.5)

 

Average Subculture Rating (out of 5):  Stars(2.5)

 

IMDB Rating:  Devil's Knot (2013) on IMDb

 

Other Subculture Entertainment Reviews of ‘Devi’s Knot′: For our full Devil’s Knot review please check The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Ep #89. You can also read Dave’s review on The Book The Film The T-Shirt.

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Still Life

Summary: For over 22 years, life for the unassuming John May has been his work for the local council in South London, finding the next of kin for those in his community who have passed away alone. But in this age of ‘efficiency’, John’s meticulousness and care is no longer deemed necessary, and he is abruptly made redundant. John is left with one assignment: a search for the relatives of an elderly neighbour, Billy Stoke.

As he journeys beyond London to piece together Billy’s past, John uncovers a life of mischief, misadventure, love and regret, most of all for an abandoned daughter, Kelly (the radiant Joanne Froggatt, Downton Abbey) whom John manages to locate. These two insular people are naturally drawn to each other, and as friendship blossoms, John’s outlook opens imperceptibly to life’s possibilities…

Year: 2013

Australian Cinema Release Date: 24th July, 2014

Australian DVD Release Date: TBA

Country: UK, Italy

Director: Uberto Pasolini

Screenwriter: Uberto Pasolini

Cast: Herbe Beardsall (Lucy), Andrew Buchan (Council Manager), Neil D’Souza (Shakthi), Karen Drury (Mary), Wayne Foskett (Garry), Deborah Frances-White (Miss Pilger), Joanna Froggatt (Kelly Stoke), Eddie Marsan (John May), Ciaran McIntyre (Jumbo), Kyla Wight (Beth)

Runtime: 92 mins

Classification: M

 

OUR STILL LIFE REVIEWS & RATINGS:

 

Greg King: You can check out Greg’s Still Life review on The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Ep #89

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Nick Gardener: You can check out Nick’s Mrs. Brown’s Boys D’Movie review on The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Ep #89

Stars(2.5)

David Griffiths:

Occasionally a film comes a long that is so strong that it makes you sit down and re-evaluate your own life. Still Life is one of those films, this isn’t the kind of film that you will walk out feeling on top of the world. No this is the kind of film that is likely to bring you down a little and you think deeply about what you have watched, but that doesn’t make this any lesser of a film, instead it does exactly the opposite.

Still Life’s main character John May (Eddie Marsan) lives a dull yet fulfilling life. While his personal life seems to be a black hole filled with no romance, no friends and the same boring meals day-in-and-day-out he finds a reason to live because of his job. John works for the local council helping to piece together the puzzle when somebody dies who seems to have no close relatives. However, his world comes crashing down when he is informed by his boss that his services are no longer needed and that his next case will be his final one.

Director Uberto Pasolini (who is mainly known for working as a producer on The Full Monty) overcomes a lot of obstacles to make Still Life a good film. First of which he manages to make one of the most boring men on the planet and likable character for the audience to watch. He sets John up in such a way that you not only feel sorry for him but also that you like him to the point that you want him to succeed. Pasolini is a visual director and it doesn’t take a myriad of writing for him to get his points across about John’s life, likewise he trusts his leading man to be able to us looks and sighs instead of language throughout the film and it works delightfully well. The introduction of some subtle black comedy also helps the audience from completely slipping into a full bout of depression.

Pasolini also seems to have been on a mission to make an anti-Hollywood film with Still Life. Yes he introduces a bit of a love interest for John with the introduction of Kelly Stoke (Joanne Froggatt) but is gifted enough to prevent this from ever becoming your full on Adam Sandler/Drew Barrymore style romantic comedy, and for that he deserves credit. But the proof that Pasolini wanted to make a film that went against the main grain is his ending. While not wanting to give too much away Still Life has an ending that you certainly don’t see coming but will stay with you a long time of the credits have dissolved.

The big allie that Pasolini had in making Still Life work was his leading man Eddie Marsan. Often Marsan is the comedy sidekick to bigger names in films like The World’s End, or just goes along for the ride in big blockbusters like Snow White & The Huntsmen and Jack The Giant Slayer but here Marsan once again reminds audiences that he is a strong character actor who truly deserves more leading roles. The morose look that Marsan wears throughout Still Life would have been taxing on any actor but he pulls it off well with a performance that deserves a lot more credit than it has received.

Still Life is one of those sleeper hits. It’s one of those films that you notice has just opened at the cinema but for some stupid reason you keep on putting off from going to see, then when you do see it you can’t stop talking about it with your friends. Still Life is melancholy and downright depressing in parts but it is also a film that will stick with you. Just be warned it is impossible to watch Still Life and not find yourself becoming emotionally involved or affected from it.

Stars(3.5)

 

Average Subculture Rating (out of 5):  Stars(3.5)

 

IMDB Rating:  Still Life (2013) on IMDb

 

Other Subculture Entertainment Reviews of ‘Still Life′: For our full Still Life review please check The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Ep #89. You can also check Dave’s review at The Book The Film The T-Shirt.

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