pillowtalk_logo_alba

Trap-ease (2)

Pleased to meet you. Who are you? I am Alba Florian Viton, a girl with an excessively long name and also a creature of the theatre. Declare your spirit animal. Cat. Because cats are capable of absolutely anything. ♥ You wake up and you realise that you’re edible. What kind of food are you? An avocado. I believe…

pillowtalk_logo_miriam

Trap-ease (1)

Pleased to meet you. Who are you? If I am what I eat, then I’m delicious and interesting, but I can also be fast and easy. If I am what I write, then I’m poetic (buy my book Pomegranate Heart b%$^*()s!) If I am what I read, then I’m probably a depressed Eastern European. If I…

INHERENT VICE

Inherent Vice (2014)

Paul Thomas Anderson‘s adaptation of Thomas Pynchon‘s gumshoe novel was one of the most anticipated films of last year and given the track record of both director and novelist, this seemed to be a marriage made in heaven. Shasta Fay Hepworth (Katherine Waterston) makes an unexpected call to her former boyfriend Doc Sportello (Joaquin Phoenix). She…

JA-FP-0005.0

Jupiter Ascending (2015)

The Wachowskis are giving M Night Shyamalan a run for his money as Jupiter Ascending, their foray into space opera, marks a new career-low for the team that gave us gems like Bound  (1996) and The Matrix (1999). Alien royalty squabble about who has which planet, Earth being a particularly alluring bone of contention because it’s…

lucy

Lucy (2014)

Luc Besson‘s latest action chick flick is a potpourri of several other films (including ones directed by Mr Besson himself), one that starts off with a bang only to sizzle into the sort of pedantic ludicrousness that not even an ambitious, delectably over-the-top third act can overcome. Lucy (Scarlett Johansson), a young student currently residing in…

Whiplash (1)

Whiplash (2014)

Damien Chazelle‘s Whiplash is an impassioned, gritty account of a student and his mentor, one that looks like, but is not, Music Genius 101. Andrew Neiman (Miles Teller) is a student at the esteemed Shaffer Conservatory of music. He is extremely ambitious, envisaging himself a first-class drummer and jazz musician. Music teacher/conductor Terence Fletcher (J…

amily_blunt

Into the Woods (2014)

Rob Marshall‘s take on the Tony-award winning Broadway hit is a tame and dismaying mash-up of half a dozen fairy tales that, unlike many of its protagonists, refuses to venture down any paths other than the ones much travelled. Baker (James Corden) and Wife (Emily Blunt) discover that the reason behind them not having any children…

soul_boys2

Soul Boys of the Western World (2014)

George Hencken‘s film charts the rise, success, lull, disbandment, lawsuit and inevitable comeback of Spandau Ballet, one of the most popular bands of the Eighties. The documentary employs a chronological template. It starts off from the very beginning, chronicling the early days of the band; how they met, and, most interestingly, their hangouts. We are taken on a…

johnwick-reeves-church

John Wick (2014)

John Wick sees Keanu Reeves doing what he does best, kicking ass to the tune of gunfire, crunching bones and dead bodies hitting the floor. John (Mr Reeves) receives a posthumous gift from his recently deceased wife, a Beagle puppy whose companionship he finds comforting. But an unfortunate chance encounter with Iosef (Alfie Allen) leaves John with a dead…

Coltrane-and-Arquette-in-Boyhood

Boyhood (2014)

Richard Linklater‘s quietest of epics is a coming-of-age tale in which we see the protagonists come of age right in front of our very own eyes. Mason Jr (Ellar Coltrane) is a six-year-old boy living with his high-strung mother Olivia (Patricia Arquette) and sister Samantha (Lorelei Linklater). His father, Mason Sr (Ethan Hawke), is a puer aeternus,…