Tag Archives: Paul Giamatti

From The Vault: Man On The Moon, Film Review.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating * * * *

Cast: Jim Carrey, Danny DeVito, Paul Giamatti, Gerry Becker, Leslie Lyles, George Shapiro, Vincent Schiavelli, Peter Bonerz, Patton Oswalt, Courtney Love, Jerry Lawler, Jim Ross, Jeff Conway, Carol Kane, Judd Hirsch, Marilu Henner, Christopher Lloyd.

Straight Outta Compton, Film Review. Picturehouse@F.A.C.T. Liverpool.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating 9.5/10

Cast: O’ Shea Jackson Jr., Corey Hawkins, Jason Mitchell, Neil Brown Jr., Aldis Hodge, Marlon Yates Jr., R. Marcos Taylor, Carra Patterson, Alexandra Shipp, Paul Giamatti, Elena Goode, Keith Powers, Joshua Brockington, Sheldon A. Smith, Keith Stanfield, Cleavon McClendon.

 

Regardless of what you feel about Rap/Hip-Hop or any of the divisions contained therein, Straight Outta Compton is one of the most brutal, interesting and creative films of the year. A film which for which many might find uncomfortable viewing, some perhaps even painfully so, but it is the flesh that is opened up, the topics of discussion which have un-nerving parallels with American society today which makes it a must see film.

Love And Mercy, Film Review. Picturehouse@F.A.C.T., Liverpool.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating 9/10

Cast: Elizabeth Banks, John Cusack, Paul Dano, Paul Giamatti, Jake Abel, Dee Wallace, Kenny Wormald, Joanna Going, Max Schneider, Tyson Ritter, Erin Darke, Brett Davern, Graham Rogers, Wayne Bastrup, Diana Maria Riva, Nick Gehlfuss, Jonathan Slavin, Bill Camp, Johnny Sneed.

The strength of the biopic lays completely in its subject matter and how the director and writers wish to place empathy and sympathy down in the cinema-goers’ hearts. If treated with respect then the audience cannot help but come out of the cinema with the feeling of delving further into the subject’s life, in terms of music, it’s the assured way of driving the back catalogue sales through the roof for a while and for any fan of The Beach Boys, for the legendary Brian Wilson in particular, Love and Mercy, will have that desired effect.

The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Film Review. Picturehouse @ F.A.C.T., Liverpool.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating * * * *

Cast: Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Jamie Foxx, Dane DeHann, Sally Field, Campbell Scott, Paul Giamatti, Embeth Daviditz, Colm Feore, Felicity Jones, Marton Csokas, Louis Cancelmi, Max Charles, B.j. Novak, Sarah Gadon, Michael Massee, Helen Stern, Stan Lee, Jorge Vega.

For all the good Toby Maguire and Kirsten Dunst bought to the Spiderman films of the previous decade, there is huge appeal in watching Andrew Garfield play the Marvel Comic book hero and the excellent Emma Stone as the immensely enjoyable Gwen Stacy in the latest Amazing Spider-Man film.

12 Years A Slave, Film Review. FACT Cinema, Liverpool.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating * * * * *

Cast: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender, Lupita Nyong’o, Sarah Paulson, Benedict Cumberbatch, Brad Pitt, Paul Dano, Adepero Oduye, Paul Giamatti, Garret Dillahunt, Scoot McNairy, Taran Killam, Chris Chalk, Michael K. Williams, Kelsey Scott, Alfre Woodward, Quvenzhane Wallis, Devyn A. Taylor, Cameron Zeigler, Rob Steinberg, Jay Huguley, Christopher Berry, Bryan Batt, Bill Camp, Dwight Henry, Ruth Negga.

Saving Mr. Banks, Film Review. FACT Cinema, Liverpool.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating * * * *

Cast: Emma Thompson, Tom Hanks, Annie Buckley, Colin Farrell, Paul Giamatti, Jason Schwartzman, B.J. Novak, Bradley Whitford, Ruth Wilson, Melanie Paxson, Victoria Summer, Kathy Baker, Rachel Griffiths, Dendrie Taylor, Kimberly D’Armond.

Saving Mr. Banks is a film that exemplifies the thought that somewhere between novel and film the life of the author is lost in the complexity of producing a cinema hit. The life of the writer, whose soul is poured into the painful birth of producing something that in a lot of cases is a cathartic way of exorcising a childhood memory, is overlooked. Cinema audiences, perhaps comforted in many cases by the end result, neglect the person who gave them the character in the first place.