REEL TO REAL: LOVE & MERCY – A MOVIE OF TWO HALVES

If you know nothing about Brian Wilson and the Beach Boys, I suggest that you swot up before watching Love & Mercy. Cuz it will get bewildering. Or maybe that’s the point of it all! This biopic of Wilson elects to focus on two very specific periods in the singer-songwriter’s life. Continue Reading

THE IMITATION GAME: FROM TRIUMPH TO DESPAIR – THE TRAGEDY OF ALAN TURING

Directed by Morten Tyldum. Written by Graham Moore. Starring Benedict Cumberbatch, Matthew Goode and Keira Knightley.  Before discussing the merits of the film, it was ironic to discover that the movie was rated NC-16 for “homosexual references” in Singapore. Thus, despite receiving a royal pardon for his criminal conviction for Continue Reading

REEL TO REAL – DOES AMERICAN SNIPER GLORIFY WAR OR CONDEMN IT?

Directed by Clint Eastwood. Written by Jason Hall.  Starring Bradley Cooper, Sienna Miller. So will the real American Sniper please stand up? The film, a biographical account of Navy SEALs sharpshooter Chris Kyle –  deadliest marksman in U.S. military history – has split US audiences down the middle. From liberals decrying Continue Reading

REEL TO REAL: THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING IS MORE THAN THE TRIUMPH OF THE HUMAN SPIRIT, IT IS THE AFFIRMATION OF LIFE ITSELF

Directed by James Marsh. Written by Anthony McCarten. Starring Eddie Redmayne & Felicity Jones.  The Theory of Everything is a beautiful film. Beautifully shot, beautifully scored but ultimately, it is a story about two beautiful people who had to reinvent themselves and their relationship constantly in the face of challenging Continue Reading

REEL TO REAL: MIKE LEIGH PROVIDES A SLICE OF AN ARTISTIC LIFE IN MR. TURNER

Written & directed by Mike Leigh. Starring Timothy Spall. Premiering at Cannes last year, Leigh’s biopic of famed English painter JMW Turner has already garnered a Best Actor award for Spall’s performance in the lead role and a special jury prize for the film’s cinematography for Dick Pope. That just about sums Continue Reading