Tag: michael gambon

Feature, Film Review

Quartet (2012)

Based on a play by Ronald Harwood (who also wrote this movie adaptation), Quartet sees Dustin Hoffman stepping in to the role of director for the first time (not counting the short time that he spent in the big chair on the 1978 movie Straight Time before entrusting the role […]

Film Review

Quartet (2012)

This year the Cornwall Film Festival closed with Dustin Hoffman’s enjoyable comedy drama Quartet and what a lovely way to end. The film features a plethora of British acting gems including Maggie Smith, Michael Gambon, Tom Courtenay and the hilarious Billy Connolly and it is these wonderful actors that make […]

Feature, Spotlight

Potty About Potter

A creation that has as much magic in the backstory behind it as it does on the page and on the screen, young Harry Potter was brought to life by J. K. Rowling in the wonderful city of Edinburgh while the woman struggled to cope with life as an unemployed, […]

Feature, Festivals, Spotlight

EIFF 2011 – An Overview

So that’s it then. The credits have rolled, everyone can breathe a sigh of relief and cinema staff in Edinburgh can stop being irritated by a swarm of people turning up at free screening after free screening to try and catch “the next big thing”. EIFF 2011 was a strange […]

Feature, Film Review

Page Eight (2011)

Written and directed by David Hare, Page Eight is simply good fun with great performances and clever writing. While there’s nothing in the movie that will blow you away it provides consistent entertainment from start to finish and benefits from a great lead role for that very British institution, the […]

DVD Review, Feature

The King’s Speech (2010)

The King’s Speech is the true life story of the incredible and unlikely friendship between a reluctant monarch at pains with his life long affliction and the defiant and maverick therapist who helps him overcome it. Beautifully shot and scored it’s a magnificent example of modern British cinema with a […]

Film Review

The King’s Speech (2010)

Tom Hooper deserves credit. What he achieved in The King’s Speech demands close scrutiny for what it represents to the future of cinema. Hooper succeeded in making a movie that for two hours puts forth not a single idea that may stimulate the intellect or offend a demographic group. And […]

Film Review

The King’s Speech (2010)

A tale of personal triumph over adversity, of finding confidence in yourself to be the man that many others already know you can be, of stepping up to do your duty even when others have let you down, The King’s Speech is all of this and more and it also […]