Review: Life of Pi

God, faith and survival

THE SETUP: A man (younger man Suraj Sharma, older man Irrfan Khan) recounts his life story, filled with stupid first names, sinking ships, survival at sea, a bengal tiger and finding God…or Gods. THE THOUGHTS: Reviewing a movie based on a book always has its challenges. On one side, if I didn’t read the book, […]

Missed or Forgotten: Johnny Depp

Star of Pirates of the Caribbean

THE SETUP: He isn’t just Captain Jack Sparrow. Yes, this is how he made the majority of his money and won the hearts of children everywhere…but is it acting or just going for over-the-top? Don’t get me wrong, the first Pirates of the Carribean was brilliant. Still is. But the man use to be known […]

Review: Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides

Fourth instalment in Disney Pirate films

THE SETUP: Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) is back, minus Orland Bloom and Kiera Knightley, to find the Fountain of Youth. And it’s a pretty easy journey except for uneasy alliance with Barbossa (Geoffrey Rush), vicious mermaids, a former flame (Penelope Cruz) with her own agenda and the supernatural Blackbeard (Ian McShane) who just doesn’t like […]

Review: Alice in Wonderland (and the Oscars)

Tim Burton and Johnny Depp do Lewis Caroll

A whirlwind of fantasy and imagery, vivid colours and wonderment…signifying “meh” – much love given to the assist from Billy Shakespeare on the VERY loose rip-off. After Edward Scissorhands and the Nightmare Before Christmas, Tim Burton put out movies more known for flash than for substance.  Why mess with tradition? Alice in Wonderland may be […]