Posts by Phil Brown

The Pirates: Band of Misfits Review

Aardman Animation, the creators of Wallace and Gromit and Chicken Run, bring you The Pirates: Band of Misfits, a giddy sugar rush of British animated entertainment.

Warriors of the Rainbow Review

While certainly impressive, the North American cut of the originally 5 hour long Taiwanese epic Warriors of the Rainbow: Seediq Bale leaves a lot to be desired in the storytelling department. There are, however, plenty of decapitations.

Interview: Aardman Animator Peter Lord

We talk with Aardman animation co-founder and stop motion maven Peter Lord about his latest film The Pirates: Band of Misfits, casting voice actors, the pitfalls of searching for animated perfection, and the changing landscape of his business.

Damsels In Distress Review

For someone missing in action for over a decade, writer/director Whit Stillman fits into the current indie comedy landscape pretty comfortably with Damsels in Distress.

The Lucky One Review

Unapploagetically corny, but still a bit bland, the Nicholas Sparks adaptation The Lucky One will either delight fans of Zac Efron and Sparks or it will grate their nerves to no end.

Interview: Whit Stillman

Dork Shelf talks to Damsels in Distress director Whit Stillman about how films have changed during his lengthy absence from behind the camera, his casting process, and the rise of fratboy cinema.

Keyhole Review

Guy Maddin's Keyhole starts as his most accessible film today with an updating of 30s gangster films before gently giving into the filmmaker's unique visual style. And there's absolutely nothing wrong with that.

The Hunter Review

The Hunter makes great use out of a spectacular performance from Willem Dafoe, but despite a great start the film almost crumbles under the weight of a half baked conclusion.

Interview: Drew Goddard

We sat down with Cabin in the Woods director Drew Goddard and tried not to spoil the movie for any of you in the process.

Bully Review

Lee Hirsch’s new documentary Bully is an undeniably powerful experience that at least wins points for having its heart in the right place even if it doesn’t quite offer as definitive of an examination as the subject deserves.

Interview: Bully Director Lee Hirsch

We had an extensive conversation with Bully director Lee Hirsch about the gritty nature of making a documentary about schoolyard bullies, his film's battles with the MPAA in the States, and his hopes for the film to bring about real change.

The Raid: Redemption Review

Anyone upset that the movies have been lacking in balls-to-the-wall R-rated action of late can take solace in the fact that The Raid: Redemption has arrived.

Being Flynn Review

Paul Weitz’s Being Flynn is a tonally muddled and confused little movie, but ultimately an interesting one. It wants to be a dark and morally ambiguous slice of urban misery with a redemptive core, yet it never quite achieves that somewhat counterintuitive mash up. However, there are enough interesting ideas and a handful of solid performances (including a long awaited return to form for Robert DeNiro) that make it a hard movie to dislike.

King of Devil’s Island Review

King of Devil’s Island, depicting a harsh Norwegian juvenile detention centre, isn't too different from other juvie based films, but it's an undeniably affecting and gut-wrenching addition to the subgenre.

Casa de mi Padre Review

Even if it’s impossible to name check specific titles that Casa de mi Padre is mocking, this lovingly hilarious tribute to bad filmmaking is custom designed for movie geeks.

This Week in DVD: 3/13/12

It's another big week of DVD/Blu-ray releases. This week Phil Brown takes a look at Steven Spielberg's big-screen adaptation of The Adventures Of Tintin, Lars Von Trier's crushing end of the world tale Melancholia, Jason Reitman's dark comedy Young Adult, HBO's Game of Thrones Season One box set, and more!