Film Reviews

20th Century Women (2016)

Starring: Annette Benning, Lucas Jade Zumann, Elle Fanning, Greta Gerwig, Billy Crudup Director: Mike Mills Southern California in 1979, Jamie (Zumann) is a teenager whose mother (Benning) becomes worried about him not having a father influence, and enlists his best friend (Fanning), their cancer recovering artist lodger (Gerwig) to help him understand life. Along for… Continue reading 20th Century Women (2016)

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Classic Movie Of The Week 2017

Classic Movie Of The Week: Mr Smith Goes To Washington (1939)

Starring: James Stewart, Jean Arthur, Claude Rains Director: Frank Capra Jefferson Smith (Stewart) is a simple, honest man, who is put forward as a senator in Washington. But Washington is no place for a man with ideals. Thinking that they have a easy to manipulate, country boy on their hands, the other senators find themselves… Continue reading Classic Movie Of The Week: Mr Smith Goes To Washington (1939)

Film Reviews

American Pastoral (2016)

Starring: Ewan McGregor, Jennifer Connelly, Dakota Fanning Director: Ewan McGregor I was really looking forward to this film, because it's Ewan McGregor's debut as a director. It's an adaptation of a novel by Phillip Roth, and follows the story of a man who was a college star (McGregor) and whose wife (Connelly) was a beauty… Continue reading American Pastoral (2016)

Film Reviews

Preview: Miss Sloane (2016)

Starring: Jessica Chastain, Mark Strong, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, John Lithgow Director: John Madden A lot of films about politics can be very dry and a bit dull, but this certainly isn't one of them. Elizabeth Sloane (Chastain) is an ice cold, intelligent figure, a lobbyist who strikes fear into the hearts of her opponents and is… Continue reading Preview: Miss Sloane (2016)

Film Reviews

Jackie (2016)

Starring: Natalie Portman, Peter Sarsgaard, Greta Gerwig, Billy Crudup, John Hurt, Richard E Grant. Director: Pablo Larrain Jackie Kennedy (Portman) struggles to deal with the grief and trauma of her husband's assassination while fighting to have a funeral that will establish his legacy. Jackie O is a figure of elegance and class, and to me… Continue reading Jackie (2016)

Film Reviews

Captain Fantastic (2016)

Starring: Viggo Mortensen, George MacKay, Annalise Basso Director: Matt Ross A startling and charming film from an actor turned writer/director, this film is the story of an unusual family, who live in the woods in the Pacific Northwest, living by Socialist values and survivalism. Ben (Mortensen) finds his own ideals challenged when big changes hot… Continue reading Captain Fantastic (2016)

Film Reviews

Preview: The Purge Election Year

Starring: Elizabeth Mitchell, Frank Grillo Director: James DeMonaco You'd be forgiven for rejecting this entry into the franchise as being a further cash in, but there's something about this film that kind of struck me. In this chapter, a US senator wants to make political moves to abolish the Purge, having lost her family to… Continue reading Preview: The Purge Election Year

105 Must See Films, Uncategorized

105 Must See Films: In The Loop (2009)

Starring: Peter Capaldi, Tom Hollander, James Gandolfini Director: Armando Iannucci A British political drama that ranges from ministers faffing their lines to the press, to US war committees in the UN. Largely following the incompetence of Simon Foster (Hollander), minister for International Development, with his new aide, the film is at it's best when the… Continue reading 105 Must See Films: In The Loop (2009)

105 Must See Films, Film Reviews, Uncategorized

105 Must See Films: Lone Star (1996)

Starring: Chris Cooper, Elizabeth Pena, Kris Kristofferson, Matthew McConaughey Director: John Sayles If you look this film up online, you'll find that most people describe it as "multi-faceted" and that it will stay with you for days after watching. A body is uncovered in the desert. The sheriff, Sam (Cooper), suspects that it's his predecessor,… Continue reading 105 Must See Films: Lone Star (1996)