Tag: drama

The Sea of Trees (2015)
Film Review

The Sea of Trees (2015)

In a career that has seen its share of ups and downs, Gus Van Sant’s new film is right near the bottom. Having won the coveted Palme d’Or back in 2003 for Elephant, he finds himself almost inexplicably in the running (and I say that only in the sense that […]

My Mother (2015)
Film Review

My Mother (2015)

If Nanni Moretti’s rhythm has been off of late, you wouldn’t know it here. Competing again for the Palme d’Or, a prize he won back in 2001 for The Son’s Room, there’s a confidence to My Mother that adds an extra level. Very much a game of two halves, Moretti […]

Film Review

The Falling (2014)

Hallways stretching out into the distance, meticulously ordered desks and impersonal teachers, the smell of starched uniforms mingling in the changing room with sweaty adolescence. Oh for the good old days. Carol Morley’s evocative portrayal of an all-girls school in the late 1960’s draws effectively on the clash between a […]

DVD Review

Darling (1965)

Fifty years on, Darling is a very different film to the modish, fashion conscious drama that so nakedly tried to seize the zeitgeist of the swinging 60s on first release. The height of style then, epitomised in Julie Christie’s restlessly shallow society woman, it quickly came to look outdated before […]

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The Voices (2014)

After the wonderful Persepolis and Chicken with Plums, Iranian-born French author/illustrator/director Marjane Satrapi has been relatively quiet on the filmmaking scene.   After her first live-action directorial feature, the 2012 film Gang of the Jotas, Satrapi follows it up with one of the highlights of Sundance London 2014. The Voices […]

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Still Alice (2014)

Well before the 2015 film awards season got up to speed, one winner had already been proclaimed. The early whispers surrounding Julianne Moore’s performance as a University professor struggling to deal with early onset Alzheimer’s continued to build until one of America’s finest actresses finally stood on stage clutching the […]

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Focus (2015)

After the disappointing After Earth and Men in Black III, being in a romantic-comedy looks like a safe bet for superstar Will Smith. A healthy change of scene before hitting the much-anticipated Suicide Squad, Smith teams up with Squad co-star Margot Robbie in a heist flick that is teemed with […]

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As We Were Dreaming (2015)

Lest we forget, Germany was until very recently a country literally split in two. Reunification has proven remarkably successful but it has not all been plain sailing. Andreas Dresen’s coming of age nightmare in Leipzig shortly after the collapse of East Germany evokes a strong sense of confusion and chaos […]

Film Review

Sworn Virgin (2015)

Life in the Albanian mountains offers up two choices. You’re either a man, or you obey one. For anyone who, through the misfortune of birth, fails to qualify for the first option, yet is unwilling to comply with the second, that’s just tough. With one exception. If a woman is […]

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Fifty Shades of Grey (2015)

Ever since the film adaptation of E.L. James’ phenomenon was announced, two vocal camps have been chomping at the bit to get sight of it. On one side sit the fanatics, laying into any decision that doesn’t align with their reading of the novel. Opposite are the cynics waiting eagerly […]