Whenever Jim Jarmusch gets behind the camera to direct a film, he does it with a rare and curious kind of style which has penned its own distinctive signature in independent film for over 30 years. With a fruitful melting-pot of work under his belt, there is no other film that embodies his spirt more-so than 1986 jailbreak cult classic 'Down by Law'.
Formerly a detective with the NYPD, now a recovering alcoholic haunted by regrets, Matt Scudder (Liam Neeson) has a lot to make up for. When a series of kidnappings targeting the city's worst drug criminals escalates to grisly murder, the circuit's ruthless leader convinces Scudder to find the culprits and bring them to bloody justice.
Dir. Daniel Schechter, US, 2013, 99 mins Cast: Jennifer Aniston, John Hawkes, Tim Robbins, Yasiin Bey, Isla Fisher, Will Forte, Mark Boone Junior Review by Colin Dibben There’s something strangely lifeless about this comedy crime caper – a pretty straightforward account of Elmore Leonard’s novel ‘The Switch’. Two amateurish career criminals, Ordell (Bey aka Mos […]
Consumed as the 1867 novel, Therese Raquin by Emile Zola, and then on the Parisian boardwalks in 1873, this story of all consumptive passion would have been an intimately gripping tale of unravelling deceit, complemented by the readers imagination or the confines of the stage.
The film is based on JB Priestley’s 1945 play of the same name and this shows in the opening scenes of the slightly stagey central Birley family of Brumley enjoying a dinner celebrating the engagement of the daughter of the house to a nice chap from a good family who has bought her the large ring she wanted. Then our inspector calls.
Inspired by real events that took place in the eighties, Julien Leclercq’s drug thriller, The Informant sets off to promise all the nail-biting tension a film of this genre can offer. Co-produced by Adrian Politowski and written by award-winning Abdel Raouf Dafri , the film is based on Marc Fievet’s autobiographical novel.
Plastic is a heist comedy that ends up being surprisingly violent. But the winning moves in the film are geographical: from some drab Thames Valley HE college to Miami and back to the tonier parts of London; focusing on the way the different environments affect the well-drawn characters.
Violent Saturday is one of those slightly fascistic Eisenhower Years films that gets under your skin, for the simple reason that it is so damn good looking. This hi-def restoration really puts the CinemaScope effect back into the film – making a tawdry crime melodrama look like something much more potent.
In 2011 a Welsh director took the unusual step of taking a foreign language martial arts blend action film into mainstream cinema. That incredible film in question was The Raid : Redemption. Now Gareth Evans brings back the fighting discipline pencak silat and the Indonesian setting of Jakarta for the sequel.
It’s only a year since compelling, gritty Nordic Noir hit Easy Money beached up on our shores, but the sequel – set three years after events in the first movie – is here already. It’s an even more lugubrious affair, but the signature intertwining stories, radical inter-cutting between story strands, multi-cultural characters and down beat tone are all very much in evidence.