FlickerThoughts – The Podcast UPDATE

After much beating around the bush (I don’t really know what the literal meaning of that phrase means, but it seems appropriate here), I have uploaded the first episode of the FlickerThoughts podcast. It is a little rushed, I must admit, and I am yet to figure out how to add intro and outro interlude music,Continue reading “FlickerThoughts – The Podcast UPDATE”

The Grand Budapest Hotel: Perfection

Here’s the plot: In the 1930s, the Grand Budapest Hotel is a popular European ski resort, presided over by concierge Gustave H. (Ralph Fiennes). Zero (Tony Revolori), a junior lobby boy, becomes Gustave’s friend and protege. Gustave prides himself on providing first-class service to the hotel’s guests, including satisfying the sexual needs of the manyContinue reading “The Grand Budapest Hotel: Perfection”

Whiplash: Just my tempo

Here’s the plotline: A promising young drummer (Miles Teller) enrols at a cut-throat music conservatory where his dreams of greatness are mentored by an instructor (J.K. Simmons) who will stop at nothing to realise a student’s potential. From the moment Whiplash opens, it’s energy is electrifying. Masterfully directed by Damien Chazelle (who is an absolute baby,Continue reading “Whiplash: Just my tempo”

The Theory of Everything: Is it just love?

I usually don’t get behind the anecdote “behind every great man, there’s a woman”, but for this film, the saying runs true. Here’s a brief plotline: In the 1960s, Cambridge University student and future physicist Stephen Hawking (Eddie Redmayne) falls in love with fellow collegian Jane Wilde (Felicity Jones). At 21, Hawking learns that heContinue reading “The Theory of Everything: Is it just love?”

Boyhood: Am I missing something?

The joys and pitfalls of growing up are seen through the eyes of a child named Mason (Ellar Coltrane), his parents (Patricia Arquette, Ethan Hawke) and his sister (Lorelei Linklater). Vignettes, filmed with the same cast over the course of 12 years, capture family meals, road trips, birthday parties, graduations and other important milestones. BoyhoodContinue reading “Boyhood: Am I missing something?”

Birdman: Holy hell. This is filmmaking.

Warning: This article contains (some) spoilers Plot: Former cinema superhero Riggan Thomson (Michael Keaton) is mounting an ambitious Broadway production that he hopes will breathe new life into his stagnant career. It’s risky, but he hopes that his creative gamble will prove that he’s a real artist and not just a washed-up movie star. AsContinue reading “Birdman: Holy hell. This is filmmaking.”