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Reney Warrington: Reeltime


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Gasland exposes the realities of fracking
Reney Warrington - 2011-09-29
Untitled Document Title: Gasland Director: Josh Fox Cinematography: Josh Fox Starring: Josh FoxRuntime:104 mins Rotten Tomatoes Score: 97% Reney’s Score: 97% When are we going to learn that if we stick crap into the earth, she’s gonna spit it out right back at us? And that we’re going to end up eating it, drinking it and bathing our children in it? Whether it is garbage in landfills, acid water eating at the foundations of Joburg, or our latest toy, high-pressured, chemically...

A Town called Panic! (2009): A raucous, French, stop-frame animation
Reney Warrington - 2011-09-23
Title: A Town called Panic! Director: Stéphane Aubier and Vincent Patar Starring: Stéphane Aubier, Jeanne Balibar and Nicolas Buysse Runtime: 75 mins Reney's Score: 90% Horse, Cowboy and Indian live on one hill. Horse is the brains of the household, Cowboy and Indian the adolescent creators of chaos. Steve, his wife, his cows and his precious tractor live on the other hill and Steve is permanently pissed off. Whether you ring his doorbell or touch his studio, I mean tractor, you’re...

Rotten Tomato: Lovely, Still – Mostly enchanting, completely tragic
Reney Warrington - 2011-09-08
Title: Lovely, Still Director: Nicholas Fackler Cinematography: Sean Kirby Starring: Martin Landau, Ellen Burstyn Rotten Tomatoes Score: 71% Reney's Score: 75% Lovely, Still is a gentle film utterly worth watching, but when sitting down to view it, one should preferably know nothing about the film. (Except that the performances by veterans Ellen Burstyn (79) and Martin Landau (80) will steal your heart and, to some extent, break it.) Lovely, Still should be allowed to reveal itself to you...

Skoonheid: Beautiful and brave
Reney Warrington - 2011-08-10
Untitled Document Title:Skoonheid Director: Oliver Hermanus Cinematography: Jamie Ramsay Starring: Deon Lotz, Charlie Keegan, Michelle Scott Runtime: 95 mins Reney's Score: 90% I needed to hug someone after watching Skoonheid. One, because I was happy to have just watched the best South-African film ever made, and two, to calm my nerves. Oliver Hermanus has made a rather brilliant, but exceedingly disturbing film. In a nutshell Closeted Francois’s perfect life as a husband, father,...

Super 8 – A highly enjoyable blockbuster
Reney Warrington - 2011-08-10
Untitled Document Title: Super 8 Director: JJ Abrams Cinematography: Larry Fong Starring:Joel Courtney (Joe Lamb), Kyle Chandler (Jackson Lamb), Elle Fanning (Alice Dainard), Riley Griffiths (Charles), Ryan Lee (Cary), Gabriel Basso (Martin) Runtime: 112 mins Rotten Tomatoes Score: 80% Reney's Score: 75% Super 8 uses a technique made famous by the mother of all alien films, Alien, and that is never to do a full frontal of the alien, not to zoom in on every fang and all the dripping gore....

Very little bang in The Bang Bang Club
Reney Warrington - 2011-07-27
Untitled Document Title: The Bang Bang Club Director: Steven Silver Cinematography:Miroslaw Baszak Starring:Malin Akerman, Ryan Phillippe, Taylor Kitsch, Frank Rautenbach, Neels Van Jaarsveld Runtime:106 mins I don’t get it. War photographers Greg, Joao, Ken and Kevin, the four original members of The Bang Bang Club, lived the kind of lives, during the violent end of apartheid, that legends and great films are made of. So why is The Bang Bang Club, the film, so boring? It takes more than...

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II damn near perfect
Reney Warrington - 2011-07-19
Untitled Document Director: David Yates Cinematography: Eduardo Serra Starring: Daniel Radcliffe, Ralph Fiennes, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint, Alan Rickman, Helena Bonham Carter Runtime:130 mins 5/5 Harry Potter 7 is a damn near perfect film. Whether you are a devotee to the franchise or not, Deathly Hallows: Part II is a remarkable finale that will entertain until the last line of dialogue is spoken. Give me a minute, or a few sentences rather, to gush over the cinematography, the look of the film....

Bridesmaids is not just a chick flick
Reney Warrington - 2011-07-15
Bridesmaids is not a chick flick just because there’s a lot of chicks in it! It will appeal to anyone with a slightly twisted sense of humour and a tendency toward the politically incorrect. I fitted the bill and loved every minute of it. In a nutshell After losing her boyfriend and small bakery, Annie’s life is in limbo. She stops baking and, well, aimlessly sleeps around. When her best friend gets engaged and seemingly moves on without her to the next level, all hell breaks...

Ek joke net kon skerper en snaakser wees
Reney Warrington - 2011-07-06
Untitled Document Titel: Ek joke net Regisseur: Stefan Nieuwoudt Rolverdeling:Andrew Thompson, Christel van den Bergh, Solomon Cupido, Morne du Toit, Thokozani Ntuli, Lelia Etsebeth, Bryan Hadwen, Richard Lukunku 1/5 Candid camera films was nog nooit “hogere” kuns nie. Dit kán wel vlymskerp kritiek wees en dit móét verseker snaaks wees. Vat Borat as voorbeeld. Sacha Baron Cohen kan jou in een toneel laat lag, huil en met afgryse gevul laat terugsit. Selfs Schuster...

I should love Jane Eyre
Reney Warrington - 2011-05-20
Jane Eyre Director: Cary Fukunaga Camera: Adriano Goldman Starring: Mia Wasikowska, Michael Fassbender, Judi Dench, Jamie Bell, Sally Hawkins Runtime: 115 minute I love the sprawling, poetic nature of great English literature. I love Mia Wasikowska. (And don’t tell anyone, but I am a romantic at heart. Wuthering Heights, by the other Brontë,tore me up for days. Shush.) Rotten Tomatoes, my trusted benchmark, also summarises the film as follows: “Cary Fukunaga directs a fiery...

First-time director, Adrian Loveland unhinges Jo’burg
Reney Warrington - 2011-03-29
Untitled Document Title: Unhinged: Surviving Jo’burg Director: Adrian Loveland Producer: Pascal Schmitz Starring: Ferial Haffajee, Robbie Brozin, Justice Malala and David O’Sullivan Reney’s Score: 70% This “home-made” documentary about Jo’burg is precisely as fractured, scary, funny, entertaining, exciting and gut-wrenching as my hometown is. Jo’burg is not for sissies. In a nutshell Adi Loveland, entrepreneur, eccentric, but most of all a born and...

Banksy’s mischievous Exit Through the Gift Shop
Reney Warrington - 2011-03-22
Title:Exit through the Gift Shop Director:Banksy Starring:Banksy, Thierry Guetta and Space Invader Runtime:87 mins Rotten Tomatoes Score: 98% Reney’s Score: 95% I formed quite a few vivid memories of Paris as an 11-year old travelling through France with my middle-class family on a middle-class budget. Taking me and my sister up the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame and through the Louvre must have set them back quite a bit. They managed. Apart from the view of Paris from the Notre Dame and my...

Getroud met rugby: ’n Stap in die regte rigting
Reney Warrington - 2011-03-22
Untitled Document Titel: Getroud met rugby Regisseur:Cobus Rossouw Kamerawerk:Trevor Calverley Rolverdeling:Izak Davel, Altus Theart Looptyd:115 mins Reney se punt: 70% Laat ek net eerstens my hand oplig en sê: Ek het nog nie een episode van die reeks Getroud met rugby gesien nie. Inderwaarheid het ek nie van die reeks geweet tot ek die film se voorprent gesien het nie. Ahem. Hier volg my resensie in elk geval. Kan jy nou meer? Getroud met rugby was glad nie sleg nie! Ek sal selfs so...

Balance is everything and Black Swan gets it right
Reney Warrington - 2011-02-15
Title: Black Swan Director: Darren Aronofsky Cinematography: Matthew Libatique Starring: Natalie Portman, Mila Kunis, Barbara Hershey and Vincent Cassel Runtime:118 mins Rotten Tomatoes Score: 88% Reney’s Score: 85% My mother was right all along! And Darren Aronofsky, the director of Black Swan, seems to agree: balance is everything. Nina tries to be the sweet, innocent girl her overprotective, smothering mother demands of her to be. She wears white and pink, sleeps in a frilly, pink...

The King’s Speech could only be great
Reney Warrington - 2011-02-15
Title: The King’s Speech Director: Tom Hooper Cinematography: Danny Cohen Starring: Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush and Helena Bonham Carter Runtime:118 mins Rotten Tomatoes Score: 95% Reney’s Score: 95% Come on, this film could only be great. You can throw Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush and Helena Bonham Carter into an Afrikaans play about General Christiaan de Wet that launches at the KKNK and it would be great. Add a great director, Tom Hooper (The Damned United, Longford) to the mix and...

Easy A is clever, fast and very funny
Reney Warrington - 2011-01-18
Title: Easy A Director: Will Gluck Cinematography: Michael Grady Starring: Emma Stone, Penn Badgley, Patricia Clarkson, Stanley Tucci, Dan Byrd Runtime:1 hr 32 mins Rotten Tomatoes Score: 87% Reney's Score: 95% I might have to watch Easy A again! The script is so clever, it moves so fast, that I am sure I missed a few things. And Emma Stone’s performance is worth seeing a second time! In a nutshell In order to be noticed at school, clean-cut Olive Pendergrass relies on a false rumour...

Winter’s Bone a slow burner
Reney Warrington - 2011-01-18
Title: Winter’s Bone Director: Debra Granik Cinematography: Michael McDonough Starring: Jennifer Lawrence, John Hawkes and Garret Dillahunt Runtime: 100 mins Rotten Tomatoes Score: 94% Reney's Score: 95% When a film as bleak, as gut-wrenchingly forlorn as Winter’s Bone, manages to tenderly lift out the resilience, and even kindness, of the human spirit, I stand in awe. At the point where the rest of us would have given up, broken down and started bawling for our mamas, that is where...

Eternity like a late-night eTV movie
Reney Warrington - 2011-01-06
Eternity Director: Christopher-Lee Dos Santos Starring: Ian Roberts, Brumilda van Rensburg, Hlomla Dandala and David James Introducing: Rikki Brest and Andre Frauenstein Cinematography: Chrstopher Grant Harvey Reney's score: 0% I thought that with Liefling the South African film industry had hit rock bottom. I was so completely wrong. Eternity, which the creators call a “romantic thriller”,feels like a late-night eTV movie. Without the soft porn. The bad Photoshop job on the...

Red is perfectly cast and a lot of fun
Reney Warrington - 2010-12-02
Red Director: Robert Schwentke Cinematographer: Florian Ballhaus Cast: Bruce Willis, Morgan Freeman, Helen Mirren, Mary-Louise Parker, John Malkovich Running time: 1 hr 51 min Rating: PG13 Rotten Tomatoes Score: 70% Reney’s score: 75% Red is cinema at its most entertaining. Half the magic lies in the perfect casting. Helen Mirren plays the aristocratic dame/assassin. Bruce Willis is the tough guy with the soft inside. Morgan Freeman is wise, Johan Malkovich is crazy and Mary-Louise...

Liefling is ongelukkig nie Moulin Rouge! nie
Reney Warrington - 2010-11-24
Liefling Regisseur: Brian Webber Kamerawerk: Paul Krüger Rolverdeling: Lika Berning, Bobby van Jaarsveld, Rouel Beukes, Elize Cawood, Alwyn Swart, Sylvaine Strike, Paul du Toit Looptyd: 114 minuteReney se punt: 40% Ek is nou al ’n week lank van koffie af en vir ’n week lank wag ek al vir die onttrekkingsimptome om in te skop. Die verblindende hoofpyn wat halfpad deur Liefling opgedaag het, sal talle mense dan toeskryf aan die gebrek aan kafeïen. Hulle is verkeerd. Dit is...

Rotten Tomato: Unstoppable is an asthma-inducing high-speed thrill ride
Reney Warrington - 2010-11-16
Title: Unstoppable Director: Tony Scott Cinematography: Ben Seresin Starring:Denzel Washington (Frank), Chris Pine (Will), Rosario Dawson (Connie) Runtime: 1 hr 38 mins Rotten Tomatoes Score: 86% Reney's Score: 90% Unstoppable was so exhilarating I just about had an asthma attack! And I am prone to asthma only when I encounter a particular little white flower in a campsite, in the middle of nowhere, late at night when my inhaler is 90 kilometres away. Tony Scott has gone back to the roots of good...

Rotten Tomato: The White Ribbon unbearable and brilliant
Reney Warrington - 2010-08-11
Original Title: Das weisse Band Director: Michael Haneke Cinematography: Christian Berger Starring: Christian Friedel, Burghart Klaussner, Susanne Lothar, Maria-Victoria Dragus Date of release: 30 Julie 2010 Runtime: 140 mins Rotten Tomatoes score: 85% Reney’s score: 85% It does occasionally happen. I watch a film highly rated on Rotten Tomatoes and hate it! I understand why The White Ribbon, the black and white German epic, is a masterpiece and deserves the rating. I am not sorry I watched...

Rotten Tomato: The Damned United entertaining with serious art credentials
Reney Warrington - 2010-08-04
Title: The Damned United Director: Tom Hooper Starring: Michael Sheen, Timothy Spall, Colm Meaney, Jim Broadbent Date of release: October 9, 2009 Runtime: 1 hr 38 mins Rotten Tomatoes score: 94% Reney’s score: 95% Michael Sheen played Tony Blair in The Queen and David Frost in Frost/Nixon, and just to keep things interesting he shone as Lucian, the pissed-off vampire, in Underworld: Rise of the Lycans. The man simply is an extraordinary actor and The Damned United gives him the vehicle...

Rotten Tomato: The Man Without a Past strangely beautiful
Reney Warrington - 2010-07-21
Title: The Man Without a Past Director: Aki Kaurismäki Starring: Markku Peltola, Kati Outinen, Juhani Niemelä, Kaija Pakarinen, Sakari Kuosmanen, Annikki Tähti, Anneli Sauli, Elina Salo, Outi Mäenpää, Esko Nikkari, Pertti Sveholm, Matti Wuori, Aino Seppo, Janne Hyytiäinen, Antti Reini Date of release (Finland): 2002 Runtime:1 hr 37 min Rotten Tomatoes score: 98% Reney’s score: 95% If you woke up today with no name and no memory of the childhood that shaped...

Eclipse is shallow, soppy, overly long
Reney Warrington - 2010-07-14
Title: Eclipse Director: David Slade Genres: Romance, Science Fiction and Fantasy, Drama Runtime: 2 hr 4 min Starring: Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner, Ashley Greene, Billy Burke, Peter Facinelli, Elizabeth Reaser, Nikki Reed, Kellan Lutz, Jackson Rathbone, Dakota Fanning, Catalina Sandino Moreno, Xavier Samuel and Bryce Dallas Howard Reney’s score: 33% I don’t ever watch schlock such as Eclipse. Then, my friend Shane asked me to watch the first movie in the series,...

Rotten Tomato: The Wind That Shakes the Barley intelligent and poignant
Reney Warrington - 2010-07-01
Title: The Wind That Shakes the Barley Director: Ken Loach Starring: Cillian Murphy, Liam Cunningham, William Ruane, Gerard Kearney, Padraic Delaney, Roger Allam, Orla Fitzgerald Date of release (USA): 2006 Runtime: 2 hrs 7 mins Rotten Tomatoes score: 88% Reney’s score: 85% With such intelligent and poignant films on offer such as The Wind That Shakes the Barley you would think that humanity grasps the futility of war. Not so. In a nutshell It is 1920. The Irish are being broken down...

Rotten Tomato: Zombieland a thrill ride
Reney Warrington - 2010-06-17
Title: Zombieland Director: Ruben Fleischer Date of release (USA): 2009 Runtime: 88 minutes Rotten Tomatoes score: 89% Reney’s score: 89% Zombieland is one of the most offensive films I have ever seen. I loved it! Yes, it is filled with the obligatory zombie killing that the genre requires (and which is executed with great glee by an ass-kicking Woody Harrelson), but more importantly, it is side-splittingly politically incorrect. In a nutshell America’s gone to hell. Zombies are...

Rotten Tomato: Moon uncomfortable and brilliant
Reney Warrington - 2010-06-08
Title: Moon Director: Duncan Jones Cast: Sam Rockwell, Kevin Spacey, Dominique McElligott, Rosie Shaw, Adrienne Shaw, Kaya Scodelario, Benedict Wong, Matt Berry, Malcolm Stewart and Robin Chalk Date of release: July 2009 (UK) Runtime: 97 min Rotten Tomatoes score: 89% Reney’s score: 80% Moon is not a first date movie. In fact, I am not sure what kind of film Moon is. Yes, it certainly is brilliant, as you never see it coming (and I normally irritate fellow movie goers by whispering...

Rotten Tomato: Flame and Citron complex, but hugely entertaining
Reney Warrington - 2010-06-03
Title: Flame and Citron (Flammen & Citronen) Director: Ole Christian Madsen Date of release: 2008 Original language: Danish Rotten Tomatoes score: 87% Reney’s score: 95% Certainly one of the worst movie titles ever. Maybe it sounded better in the original Danish – Flammen & Citronen? Hmm, okay, it’s a little better. However, don’t let a badly chosen title stop you from watching this incredibly complex, but hugely entertaining, film, based on actual events. In...

Rotten Tomato: Red Cliff larger than life
Reney Warrington - 2010-06-01
Title: Red Cliff (Chi bi)Director: John WooDate of release: July 2008 (in China) Language: MandarinRotten Tomatoes score: 88%Reney’s score: 90%I don’t often regret not living in China. But had I lived in China when seeing Red Cliff I would have seen the 4-hour version and not the 2,5-hour version edited down for Western audiences. Dammit! In a nutshell ... The evil Prime Minister Cao Cao intimidates the Emperor Han into decreeing war on the kingdoms of Xu in the west and East Wu in the...

Rotten Tomato: Tell No One a rare creature
Reney Warrington - 2010-03-25
Title: Tell No One (Ne le dis à personne)Director: Guillaume CanetDate of release: 2006Language: FrenchRotten Tomatoes score: 96%Reney’s score: 95%Tell No One (2006) is one of those rare creatures: an intelligent suspense thriller that is as emotionally haunting as it is thrilling. It surprised both its creators and cast with the commercial success it achieved. In a nutshell ... Alex’s wife is murdered and for a while he is the prime suspect. Eight years later he still has not...

Rotten Tomato: After the Wedding beautiful
Reney Warrington - 2010-03-12
Title: After the Wedding (Danish: Efter brylluppet) Director: Susanne Bier Date of release: 2006 Rotten Tomatoes score: 87% Reney’s score: 95% I have seen many great films over the past few years. Some one-liners and plot twists have faded from memory, while other scenes and characters are still clear as day. After the Wedding will be a film that is utterly impossible to forget. In a nutshell ... Jacob does relief work among children in India. He is called back to Denmark...

Rotten Tomato: Let the Right One in a film to sink your teeth into
Reney Warrington - 2010-03-08
Title: Let the Right One in (Swedish: Låt den rätte komma in) Date of release: 2008 Director: Tomas Alfredson Rotten Tomatoes score: 97% Reney’s score: 98% Using an innocent, lonely 12-year-old girl called Eli as your villain is a stroke of genius. It mixes up the vampire genre, but more importantly sets the stage for an emotionally and ethically complex film. Let the Right One in (2008) thus rises above the horror genre and becomes much more than a vampire flick....

Rotten Tomato: 2 Days in Paris spontaneous
Reney Warrington - 2010-02-24
Title: 2 Days in ParisDirector: Julie DelpyDate of release: 2007Runtime: 96 minutesRotten Tomatoes Score: 85%Reney’s score: 80%2 days in Paris is not what I would call a romantic comedy. Yes, there is romance and there is comedy, but there are also fear, loss, rejection and sexual politics. In a nutshell … After a two week holiday in Venice, Jack (a New Yorker) and Marion (a Parisienne) spend two days in Paris on their way home to New York. Jack is introduced to Marion’s parents...

Rotten Tomato: The Hurt Locker suspenseful
Reney Warrington - 2010-02-12
Director: Kathryn BigelowDate of release: 2009Runtime: 131 minutesRotten Tomatoes Score: 97%Reney's score: 90%The Hurt Locker (2009) opens with a quote that says war is a drug. From then on you are glued to the screen. In a nutshell … The American bomb squads who defuse bombs in Iraq live dangerous lives. They become addicted to the adrenaline up to a point where nothing else matters, not even their wives or newborn children. They only feel alive when they are “at work”....

Rotten Tomato: Seven Samurai spellbinding
Reney Warrington - 2010-02-11
Director: Akira KurosawaDate of release: 1954Language: JapaneseRotten Tomatoes score: 100%Reney’s score: 100%Seven Samurai (1954) has been labelled as one of the most influential films ever made. I believe this. It was released in 1954, but still had me spellbound in January 2010. In a nutshell ...A group of farmers needs to hire exactly seven samurai to protect their village from marauding bandits. This is not an easy task, given that samurai were soldiers who could be hired at the end of...

Hellboy II as the new art film
Reney Warrington - 2010-01-26
Many moons ago, as the manager of a photographic gallery, I naively thought if I opened both of the gallery doors and put up the "open" sign it would be obvious to the general public that they would be welcome. Still, they hovered at the entrance and asked permission to come in! They were intimidated by what they perceived as a white cube filled with "highbrow art concepts". Art films are perceived in a similar way. They are seen as either boring or "highbrow", impossible...


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