DIFF 2014 Film Review: ‘Dom Hemingway’ – Jude Law has never been better

Review by: Bill Graham Jude Law has never been better than in Dom Hemingway, the latest film from director Richard Shepard. He plays a brutish, egotistical, foul-mouthed safe cracker that has just served 12 years in a London prison and is looking to get his reward for keeping his mouth shut. How he managed that […]

Film Review: ‘Under the Skin’ – there is a hyper-sexual tilt to this alien-invader flick

Review by: Bill Graham There are moments of pure awe during Under the Skin that left me with the impression that what Jonathan Glazer had achieved was more than I would be able to take in on a single viewing. Again and again, whether through visuals or the sonic bombardment of tones, music, and voices, […]

DIFF 2014 Film Review: ‘Child of God’ – This is a film that will not make many friends

Review by: Bill Graham Child of God is down and dirty, raw, and unlike any film I’ve seen before. There are few films I’ve ever second guessed sitting down to. But when I watched a secret screening last year of Child of God the thought went through my head that I might have to create […]

DIFF 2014 Film Review: ‘Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter’ is a film you don’t often see anymore

Review by: Bill Graham There’s a wondrous mystery to Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter that persists throughout. With just a few opening minutes of the fantastic, you are drawn in and hurled through an extraordinary journey. Kumiko (Rinko Kikuchi) is a serious-minded girl that is so insular she runs from friendships. You see, she’s on the […]

DIFF 2014 Film Review: ‘Locke’ proves that a powerful character study can be achieved anywhere

Review by: Bill Graham There’s a richness in Locke that is singularly drawn out by the lone performer on the screen, Tom Hardy. What starts as an ordinary night is driven to the brink. Ivan Locke is an exacting man. He’s meticulous about what he does. Laying the foundations of skyscrapers is serious business. The […]

Film Review: ‘Draft Day’ – A pleasure to watch

Review by Bill Graham If you’re a fan of the NFL you know how much is at stake each year during the NFL draft. High draft picks can often change the course of a season, or even a decade. Sure, there are notable gems found in later rounds each year, like Tom Brady, but for […]

Film Review: “Enemy” Feat Jake Gyllenhaal Doesn’t Allow Easy Answers

By Bill Graham A film that makes you think is always a pleasure to encounter in cinemas today. Enemy is one that doesn’t allow easy answers but instead sparks conversations, like the one I had shortly after seeing it Tuesday night, and cements its place in your memories. Richly acted by Jake Gyllenhaal, he is […]

Film Review: ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’ by Director Wes Anderson – Refreshing and Unexpected

Review By: Bill Graham When you watch over 300 new films a year, you see trends and similarities all over cinema. The films and genres could be completely different, but you will find the same beats. This is why, inevitably, film auteurs are so lauded by the cinema press. There’s usually something original being played […]

Film Review: ‘Odd Thomas’ – Contains Only a Shade of the Hit Book Franchise that Dean Koontz Built

Review By: Bill Graham When a film’s protagonist is called Odd Thomas, you know you’re in for something different. The shame is when that difference is painted over by too many obvious action trappings from writer/director Stephen Sommers and little of the flair remains. There are shades of the hit book that Odd Thomas is […]

Film Review: “Horny Family” – A Korean comedy that pokes fun at the concept of family, love and fidelity

Review by: Mut Asheru Korean comedy HORNY FAMILY directed by Bo-Sang Park gently and un-apologetically pokes fun at the concept of family, love and fidelity. The film is shot and scripted in a way that humanizes our sex drives and calls to question the notion of lifetime pairing between human beings. Although the movie boasts […]