100 Word Review – Where The Wild Things Are (2009)

Based on the award winning children’s book by Maurice Sendak, this film is an exploration of the dark and wonderful imagination of a child called Max.

A young boy called Max (Max Records) runs away from home following a tantrum, retreating to a world of his own imagining full of wild beasts who hail Max as their King.

James Gandolfini, Paul Dano, Forest Whitaker and Catherine O’Hara provide voices for the wild things. Adapted and directed by Spike Jonze (Her, Being John Malkovich) it retains much of the awe inspiring magic of the book while adding a more complex plot.

100 Word Review – Ruby Sparks (2012)

Calvin (Paul Dano) is a best-selling author going through writers block. Dreaming of the girl of his dreams, he begins writing about her, never imagining that she might step off the page and into his life.

The first film written by and starring the hugely talented Zoe Kazan (In Your Eyes, What If), with a spectacular cast, it is a better version of (500) Days of Summer (2009), showing the dangers of creating an image of a women rather than getting to know the one that is right in front of you.

It is beautiful, magical, terrifying and above all truly heart-felt.



100 Word Review – Little Miss Sunshine (2006)

This is the first film that made me both laugh and cry in equal measure. 

When Olive (Abigail Breslin) finds out she is a finalist in a beauty pageant on the other side of the States, her father (Greg Kinnear), mother (Toni Colette), brother (Paul Dano), grandpa (Alan Arkin) and recently suicidal uncle (Steve Carrell) set out on a road trip none of them will forget.

There is not a weak link. By the end of the film you will feel like part of the family. It also features one of the greatest dance sequences ever choreographed. It is sublime.