The title leaves no doubt about the nature contained in this Australian crime picture: the law of the jungle prevails, and it's kill or be killed out there....... more
The title leaves no doubt about the nature contained in this Australian crime picture: the law of the jungle prevails, and it's kill or be killed out there. That's the belief within the Cody clan, anyway, the Melbourne criminal family whose exploits give Animal Kingdom its fire. The central character is something of a deliberate vacancy, a blank slate for the movie to write on: 17-year-old Joshua, known as J (James Frechville), is taken in by his grandmother after his mother dies of an overdose (a memorably chilling opening scene). Grandma (Jacki Weaver) is known as Smurf, but don't let the name fool you: she's the Ma Barker-like matriarch of a brood of sociopaths, none more lethal than oldest son Andrew, known as the Pope (a blood-curdling performance by Ben Mendelsohn). Luke Ford and Sullivan Stapleton play her other sons, and Joel Edgerton (The Square) is on hand as an outlaw associate. The way J is brought in and tested in this world of blood-spattered machismo is director David Michod's subject, and even if the film has a few heavy-handed moments along the way, the overall effect is tense and unsettling. J's journey comes up short compared to a contemporaneous study of another unformed youth learning the ropes of crime (Jacques Audiard's A Prophet), but its portrait of amorality thriving in a somewhat ordinary-looking urban landscape is effective. Bonus: Guy Pearce's role as a detective who tries to catch J on the course of his tragic trajectory, a rare glimpse of humanity in an otherwise chaotic zoo. --Robert Horton
14.8cl / 39.4% - A falernum bitters from the folks at Cocktail Kingdom, perfect for adding a a Caribbean kick to your mixed drinks. These were...... more
14.8cl / 39.4% - A falernum bitters from the folks at Cocktail Kingdom, perfect for adding a a Caribbean kick to your mixed drinks. These were developed in collaboration with famous tiki bar owner Blair Reynolds.
Set in Saudi Arabia, The Kingdom is a political action thriller with good acting and wonderful visuals. Its so-so script, though, at times meanders...... more
Set in Saudi Arabia, The Kingdom is a political action thriller with good acting and wonderful visuals. Its so-so script, though, at times meanders aimlessly until a good explosion jolts the viewer's attention back to the screen. Jamie Foxx stars as FBI special agent Ronald Fleury, who leads an elite team into Saudi Arabia to find the terrorists who attacked American employees working in the Middle East. He has been given the unlikely deadline of five days to infiltrate the compound, with just his wit and his crew, which includes forensics expert Janet Mayes (Jennifer Garner), explosives guru Grant Sykes (Chris Cooper), and intelligence analyst Adam Leavitt (Jason Bateman). It's unclear how helpful smarmy U.S. diplomat Damon Schmidt (Jeremy Piven) will be, but Fleury knows enough to surmise that the media-hungry Schmidt might not be completely trustworthy. Foxx and Garner have wonderful screen presence, but it's Bateman and Piven who get the best lines. Director Peter Berg peppers The Kingdom with actors he has worked with in the past. Berg, who guest-starred on Alias opposite Garner, casts Tim McGraw in a small role here. (The country singer also had a co-starring role in Berg's 2004 film Friday Night Lights.) And Kyle Chandler and Minka Kelly--two of Berg's lead actors from the Friday Night Lights television series, , make appearances in The Kingdom. The action sequences he creates are impressive and generate a sense of panic that The Kingdom producer Michael Mann (Miami Vice) undoubtedly applauds. While a tauter script would've rounded out the action nicely, the action in many cases does speak for itself. --Jae-Ha Kim
Advantages: Choice of colours, sticks to your skin Disadvantages: Not as bold as I had hoped, expensive
...I got this eyeliner in an urban decay gift set that I received for Christmas. I was instantly excited and eager to use it as I do love all things that are a bit girly and a bit glittery and from the outside this is exactly what this looked like. The colour that I received was ?Baked? which is a lovely gold colour.
What is the heavy metal eyeliner?
For a start you should not be put off...
Advantages: Subtle bit of glitter would is ok for highlighting Disadvantages: Not brill at all and rather flipping rubbish!
...a clear plastic, recyclable box. In lilac writing on the front I'm told it's Urban Decay, Heavy Metal. On the bottom left hand side of the box I'm told It's a Glitter Eye Gel (Gel Paillette Pour Les Yeux) and the size of my product is stated (10ml). On the back of the box the ingredients are listed and I'm told Urban Decay don't believe in animal testing (who does eh so bonus!), contact details are...
Advantages: Interesting coverage of household names and the lesser-known Disadvantages: How many cases of self-inflicted misadventure can you read about all at once?
...The road to hell is paved with dead heavy metal stars, or so you might be forgiven for thinking after reading this book. On the other hand, some have made it back from the brink. In this book, Mick O?Shea has summarised in twenty chapters the lives and often troubled times of ten ?saints? who ended up inside the cemetery gates, and ten survivors.
Perhaps it is some comfort to...