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Survival in the face of desperate odds is a theme that Alfonso Cuaron has explored before. His 2006 picture Children of Men is a sumptuous contemplation of the fierce will of humanity to prevail in a seemingly helpless situation. Whilst Children of Men considered the very existence of mankind, Gravity is a smaller, simpler story on a far grander scale; an examination of the sheer determination to live in an environment where life is inherently impossible.
Written and directed by Birmingham born filmmaker, Steven Knight, Locke is a taut and powerful film built on the bedrock of a mesmeric performance from Tom Hardy. Set entirely in the titular character's BMW, the film is an intricate examination of a man in crisis, wrestling with his ideals and systematically fighting the fires that threaten to bring his life crashing down around him. On the eve of one of the largest concrete pours in his company's history, Ivan drives to London to witness the birth of his extramarital baby.
Proponent of the mumblecore movement, Joe Swanberg's pictures are renowned, revered even for their naturalistic verity. Whilst Drinking Buddies embraces many of the foibles of the genre, chiefly an overtly improvisational tone, it also represents a marked progression in that it features a well-known cast and a more polished veneer than what has come before.
Thor certainly has his fans, especially those nestled in the oval area of the Venn diagram "Fans of Marvel movies" and "Fans of shirtless dudes". However, based on his 2011 movie debut, I could not count myself among those ranks. I felt the film had a horrible, stagey quality that made it hard to connect to this world and these characters. The script under-cooked Thor's character personal growth and his relationship with Jane. The film was perfectly cast and Tom Hiddleston's Loki had such a strong arc that it overshadowed everything else in the movie. I will give the film recognition for having the unenviable task of introducing the more outlandish Thor to a wider audience.
Following the tire tracks of About Schmidt and Sideways, director Alexander Payne completes his unofficial road trip trilogy with Nebraska, a film full of quiet little moments imbued with poignancy, honesty and humour. Based on a script by first time writer, Bob Nelson, Payne’s black and white road movie is an innately elegant glimpse into the life of Woody Grant (Bruce Dern), a man dissolving into the backdrop of his twilight years.
Adapted from his 2008 short of the same name, Destin Cretton’s Short Term 12 is an impressively realised, heart rending glimpse into the world of the foster care home, the kids who pass through and the carers who guide them on their way.