Views from the Sofa is 5 Years Old today! As has become tradition, we always use our birthday to look back at 2016 and give some awards based on the movies we have watched this year. These awards are for all the … Continue reading Views from the Sofa Awards 2017
Memento is a movie which shouldn’t work. It is a story told backwards, trying to help the audience see things from the perspective of central character Leonard, who has a condition which means he has no short-term memory. This means that … Continue reading Memento (2000) Review
The Unreliable Narrator: A narrator in a movie, play or literature who’s reliability has been compromised. This post contains spoilers for many films featuring unreliable narrators You can’t discuss Twist Week without talking about the great use of unreliable narrators … Continue reading Twist Week: The Joy of the unreliable narrator
Occasionally there will be a film which I don’t understand. That lack of understanding could be the story, the characters, the idea or even the fuss behind the whole movie. In the case of Birdman, it was pretty much the whole … Continue reading Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) (2014) Review
The recent announcement that a Memento remake is in the works a mere 15 years after the film’s original release has been rightly met with surprise and despair. The fact that the original was only 15 years ago isn’t even the … Continue reading There are only 3 reasons you should remake/reboot a movie!
I love the idea of using a unique format, device or method to help best tell the story of a movie. Some have been so successful that they have become a whole genre of their own. The Blair Witch Project … Continue reading The Artist (2011) Review
The fact that this film had a unique style and structure meant that I was always, quite inevitably, going to have an issue with aspects of it. In my opinion, when a film tries something a bit different, it’s either brilliant (like Memento) or it’s actually only ok (like The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus.) The positive aspect of a Cock and Bull Story is that I was really interested in half of the film, one aspect of its unique structure but then bored or puzzled by the other half. The film is an adaptation of the book Tristram Shandy but also the “mock-behind the … Continue reading A Cock and Bull Story (2005) Review