Glassland (15)  Close-Up Film Review
Apr16

Glassland (15) Close-Up Film Review

  Dir. Gerard Barrett, UK, 2014, 93 mins Cast: Toni Collette, Jack Reynor, Will Poulter Glassland moves at a glacial pace, but is never dull. The title hints at the fragility of each of the characters’ lives, and the environment which they occupy – they teeter on the edge throughout, always clinging to some semblance of a routine, or, failing that, escapist behaviours which numb them from their daily existence: alcohol, computer...

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Futuro Beach (12A)  Close-Up Film Review
Apr16

Futuro Beach (12A) Close-Up Film Review

Dir. Karim Aïnouz, Brail/Germany, 2014, 106 mins, in Portuguese and German with subtitles    Cast: Wagna Moura, Clemens Schick, Jesuita Barbosa  The multi-faceted Futuro Beach is a confident, contemporary male melodrama that builds an intimate portrait of three male characters. With the absence of any discernable villain-like personae, the characters represent different facets of masculinity, which are all textured, daring, imperfect...

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Gente de Bien (12A)  Close-Up Film Review
Apr16

Gente de Bien (12A) Close-Up Film Review

Dir. Franco Lolli, Columbia/France, 2014, 86 mins, in Spanish with subtitles  Cast: Brayan Santamarià, Carlos Fernando Perez, Alejandra Borrero, Santiago Martinez and Sofía Rivas Gente de Bien begins with a game of nutmeg being played high in the fields of Columbia, revealing the innocent of childhood in a land of immeasurable poverty. The latest feature from Cannes nominated director Franco Lolli, Gente de Bien, roughly translating...

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Maidan (E) Home Entertainment Review
Apr13

Maidan (E) Home Entertainment Review

  Dir. Sergei Loznitsa, Ukraine, 2014, 131 mins, in Ukrainian with subtitles Given the ongoing crisis in Ukraine, it’s well worth looking at how it all started, when Yanukovych’s government was brought down after riot police opened fire on citizens protesting in Kiev’s main square. That was just over one year ago. But it isn’t just hindsight that makes this film by Sergei Loznitsa (most famous over here for WW2 drama In the Fog but...

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Road to Paloma (15) Home Ents Review
Apr11

Road to Paloma (15) Home Ents Review

Dir. Jason Momoa, US, 2014, 91 mins Starring: Jason Momoa, Lisa Bonet, Robert Homer Mollohan, Chris Browning, Wes StudiJason Momoa has come a long way since starring in the not-so-good remake of Conan the Barbarian, and playing Dhothraki king Khal Drogo in Game of Thrones.  For a man who has cut his teeth in film by playing noble savages, his directorial debut, redemption/road movie, Road to Paloma, makes a compelling in-road into the...

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