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The Film Lawyers

Film reviews that don't follow precedent

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October 2015

Daniel Craig goes “all in” as 007 in Casino Royale

By: Muneeb Arshid

Casino Royale was the 21st film in the ever-popular James Bond anthology starring a brand new Bond in Daniel Craig, Eva Green as Bond-Girl Vesper Lynd, Dame Judi Dench as M and the ever dead-eyed Mads Mikkelsen as Le Chiffre. Continue reading “Daniel Craig goes “all in” as 007 in Casino Royale”

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The Last Witch Hunter: The best movie you’ll ever hate

By: Akram Shaban

The Last Witch Hunter was not received well by most critics. The poor soul of a medium did not even make it to the proverbial slaughterhouse before reviewers butchered the very essence of its existence. But, despite what my name may imply, you have to try a little hard to get me to hate a movie, even a bad one. And compared to some movies that I do in fact despise to the core, Vin Diesel the movie is not all that bad. Continue reading “The Last Witch Hunter: The best movie you’ll ever hate”

Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy: A British film aficionado’s ultimate orgasm

By: Samar Khan

Gary Oldman. Tom Hardy. Benedict Cumberbatch. Colin Firth. John Hurt. Ciaran Hinds. To say that the cast of the film adaptation of John Le Carre’s famed spy series is at an A-list level is an understatement; this film stars a “who’s who” of British cinema. Continue reading “Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy: A British film aficionado’s ultimate orgasm”

The Martian: A comeback for Sir Ridley in the form of the Martian Wasteland

By: Muneeb Arshid

The Martian, I believe, is the comeback film for director Sir Ridley Scott after the disappointment of Prometheus and the wretchedness of Exodus: Gods and Kings. It features a cast that would be quicker for you to search up on your favourite movie database than me listing each and everyone here. But the important person is “The Martian” himself, Matt Damon playing Mark Watney. Continue reading “The Martian: A comeback for Sir Ridley in the form of the Martian Wasteland”

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl: The funnier Fault In Our Stars but with a longer name

By: Muneeb Arshid

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl is the 2015 Grand Jury prize winner from the Sundance Film Festival. It follows in the steps of Whiplash which won the 2014 Grand Jury prize. It follows the story of Greg (Thomas Mann) who is forced by his mother (Connie Britton) to become friends with a girl from his school, Rachel (Olivia Cooke) after she is diagnosed with cancer. Greg is joined by his “co-worker” Earl (RJ Cyler) to create a film for Rachel to “do something good for her”. Continue reading “Me and Earl and the Dying Girl: The funnier Fault In Our Stars but with a longer name”

31st October: There’s a movie to be made here, it’s not this one!

By: Muneeb Arshid

31st October is the Hindi language portrayal of the events of the Sikh genocide of 1984 that occurred after the assassination of Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi. Played at the 2015 Vancouver International Film Festival, the movie follows the lives of a Sikh family who was caught up in the ever deteriorating situation in their neighbourhood in Delhi. Continue reading “31st October: There’s a movie to be made here, it’s not this one!”

Bridge of Spies: “A solid, yet unspectacular, effort as Spielberg and Hanks reunite.”

By: Samar Khan

Greetings everybody, Chulbul-Pandey has returned to deliver another review of an Oscar hopeful! This week, the film being covered is the one that reunites Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks the midst of the Cold War. This film, ladies, and gentlemen is Bridge of Spies. Continue reading “Bridge of Spies: “A solid, yet unspectacular, effort as Spielberg and Hanks reunite.””

Desperado: It’s not just a guitar

By: Akram Shaban

This review may contain spoilers!

Desperado is the second installment of Robert Rodriguez’ action packed Mexico Trilogy.  A man known as El Mariachi (Antonio Banderas) seeks retribution after the love of his life was killed by Moco (a drug lord who played a major role in the first movie). Enlisting the help of his American friend (played by Buscemi), he learns that the man responsible for his wife’s death is a drug lord named Bucho (Joaquim de Almeida). Continue reading “Desperado: It’s not just a guitar”

For those who disliked True Detective Season 2, Beasts of No Nation is your salvation

By: Samar Khan

Greetings everybody, Chulbul-Pandey has arrived on the scene! This week, we decided to take a look at the movie Netflix is pushing as the one that will break down the boundaries between streaming and cinema: Beasts of No Nation. Continue reading “For those who disliked True Detective Season 2, Beasts of No Nation is your salvation”

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