Tagged with film review

Manchester By The Sea

Manchester By The Sea

This is a hard film to review and it’s taken me some time to figure out how to write this. It was nominated for loads of awards and Casey Affleck received best actor at the Oscars, Golden Globes and Baftas. The screenplay was also highly praised, yet it was not an obvious prize winner;  yet … Continue reading


I was not sure about seeing this, as it has been condemned by historians for including a fictitious character when there were plenty of real women who could have been in the cast list. But they seem to have been expecting a documentary rather than a really gripping drama which tried and largely succeeded to … Continue reading

99 Homes

This latest film by Ramin Bahrani is disturbing from the opening scene when Denis Nash, played by Andrew Garfield,discovers he has just worked for a fortnight and will not be paid as a company has gone bankrupt. And things only get worse as that makes it impossible for him to pay for his house and … Continue reading


I’ve heard mixed reports on this film by Abderrahmane Sissako, and I almost didn’t see it, but I’m glad I did. Sort of. It is a beautifully made film, about an area taken over by Islamic extremists who are mostly shown as clowns so has drawn parallels with Chris Morris’s brilliant black comedy. Four Lions. … Continue reading

Clouds of Sils Maria

This is a near two hander for Juliette Binoche as an aging actress and her PA played by Kristen Stewart. the film opens with them en route to Switzerland to accept a prize on  behalf of a director, but he dies before they arrive, and the film segues into the two of them rehearsing for … Continue reading

Force Majeure

This is a Swedish film about an affluent young Swedish family on a ski holiday in France to get the overworked father to reconnect with his family. The image of them all sleeping inthe same bed like kittens summons up an idyllic relationsip, but when an avalanche si seen heading towards them, the father Tomas … Continue reading

While We’re Still Young

This film starring Ben Stiller and Naomi Watts is about modern technology, drifting towards middle age, having kids or not, and also about living in New York. Stiller is a documentary maker married to the daughter of his mentor, who meet a younger couple who they befriend. They were drifting away from long term friends … Continue reading

Charlie’s Country

This is another Australian film from the wonderful Wales One World festival, starring a man  they describe as ‘legendary,’ actor David Gulpilil. Well, he’s the only famous aboriginal actor, so is well deserved, and says much about the industry. It is an incredibly powerful film about life in a native settlement near Darwin, focusing on an … Continue reading

Lost Rivers

Lost Rivers

In the Ryan Gosling movie, Drive, there is a scene where Gosling drives his neighbour and her son along a long concreted culvert, the remains of a river, in LA to reach a paradise,a place of wonder, which is what the river once was. This is the fate of many of our urban rivers – … Continue reading


In a year that will go down in history for having a genuinely great ad varied number of films, Nebraska is one that still manages to shine out. It is not the flashiest, but it is perhaps the one that demonstrates what cinema can really achieve. John Ford claimed that the best films had no … Continue reading