The Revenant Pairs Physical Brutality with Moral Simplicity

Alejandro González Iñárritu’s The Revenant sets out to chart the farthest frontiers of humanity, stranding Leonardo DiCaprio’s bearded, badly-wounded protagonist in the wintery American wilderness and closely observing his desperate quest for survival …and revenge. When The Revenant focuses on the minutiae of survival in the wild – from cauterizing one’s wounds with burning grass…

Suffragette (2015)

“You’re nothing in this world.” “War is the only language men listen to.” These quotes perfectly sum up Suffragette – the film and the movement. The film offers audiences a snapshot of the early feminism movement, portraying the violent demonstrations taking place after decades of peaceful protests prove ineffective. We view this era through the…

Giveaway: Win Iris on DVD [COMPLETED]

Thanks to Madman Entertainment, ccpopculture has 4 DVD copies of fashion documentary Iris, out December 10th, to give away. “Iris pairs legendary documentarian Albert Maysles (Grey Gardens, Gimme Shelter) with Iris Apfel, the quick-witted, flamboyantly dressed 93-year-old New York style icon and muse. More than just a fashion film, it is a story about creativity, design and how her…

Iris Explores a Life as Artwork and Artist Alike

Iris idolises Iris Apfel. So, it seems, does everyone else. At a glitzy fashion event, J.Crew creative director Jenna Lyons and fashion-enthusiast and hip-hop legend Kanye West alike dote on her. “She’s the perfect example of the intersection of fashion and interior design and art,” says one of documentarian Albert Maysles’ talking heads breathily. All…

In the Heart of the Sea (2015)

I really wanted to like this film. Alas, Ron Howard (usually ‘Mr Dependable’ in the director’s chair) has guided this big-budget seafaring adventure straight onto the reef. In the Heart of the Sea is ambitious but fails to develop its own identity, instead playing out like a highlight reel from better movies. The film is based on…

Giveaway: Win Spooks: The Greater Good on DVD [COMPLETED]

Thanks to Madman Entertainment, ccpopculture has 4 DVD copies of spy thriller Spooks: The Greater Good, out December 9th, to give away. “Based on the long-running hit TV show Spooks. When charismatic terrorist Adem Qasim (Elyes Gabel) escapes from MI5 custody during a high profile handover, legendary operative Harry Pearce (Peter Firth), is blamed. Disgraced and forced to resign,…

Eden (2014)

Eden feels kinda pointless. Maybe that’s the point. Following an aspiring garage DJ, Paul (Félix de Givry), a slender surrogate for director Mia Hansen-Løve’s brother and co-writer Sven, the film’s first half largely eschews the typical party aesthetics – the neon-streaked dancefloor, the incandescent beaches – for overcast streets and rumpled apartments, like something out…