Al Pacino and Oscar Wilde may seem like uneasy bedfellows, but as he makes clear in this long-gestating double feature, Pacino has been obsessed by Wilde’s transgressive stage play since seeing Steven Berkhoff’s slow-mo version of Salomé in London in 1988. These two films are a record of where that obsession took Pacino.
This is the film which caused some controversy over the fact that director Zach Braff, who also co-wrote the screenplay with his brother Adam, raised a substantial portion of the budget via a crowd funding Kickstarter campaign. More of that later. But first the film itself, which is a neat little comedy about life, love, family and death. God gets in there somewhere as well. And it’s delightfully Jewish.
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'.
Taking us through a fictional 24 hours in the life of musician singer, writer, actor, author and general talent botherer Nick Cave, 20,000 Days on Earth gives us a generous, but carefully scripted and presented, insight into the man, his methods and his magic. And art and life and truth and stuff.
Dir. Lasse Hallström, India/United Arab Emirates/US, 2014, 122 mins Cast: Helen Mirren, Om Puri, Manish Dayal, Charlotte Le Bon Review by Carol Allen As a producer Stephen Spielberg recognises a story that will engage an audience on all levels and this one has it all. It is a heart-warming tale with an uplifting message; is cross cultural for those who […]
The Double is a beautifully off beat and yet darkly claustrophobic Orwellian nightmare, channelling some of the more abstract elements of Brazil, Hudsucker Proxy and 1984. In the script, also written by Ayoade and Avi Korine, Big Brother has been replaced by the overbearing and sloganeering presence of The Colonel (James Fox). Head of a dour data processing company, full of semi-industrial brown and orange infrastructure and outmoded 70s computer technology.
Four old friends reunite for a walking holiday that takes them 192 miles from St Bee’s in Cumbria to Robin Hood Bay in North Yorkshire. Spurred on by his wife’s accusation that the trip is just “an excuse for a massive piss up”, self-appointed leader Gordon (Lumsden – Sightseers) attempts to march his not-so-merry men who include a stonemason harbouring a secret
Dir. Matt Reeves, US, 2014, 130 mins Cast: Gary Oldman, Keri Russell, Andy Serkis, Jason Clarke, Toby Kebbell Review by Dan Collacott 2011 saw the release of Rupert Wyatt’s hugely acclaimed monkey reboot, Rise of the Planet of the Apes. Three years on and Matt Reeves (Cloverfield) has taken over director duties for the sequel. Ten years […]
Dir. Peter Greenaway, UK/Netherlands/France/Croatia, 2012, 128 mins, in English and Dutch with subtitles Cast: Ramsey Nasr, F. Murray Abraham, Anne Louise Hassing, Halina Reijn, Kate Moran Review by Colin Dibben Tense, erotic, smart, luxuriant – with this hi-concept thriller, Peter Greenaway dishes up the perfect mix of sex, intrigue and art history. It is 1590: […]
Expecting is a candid comic drama, which centres on John and Lizzie’s inability to conceive a child and the reckless best friend Andie (played by the brilliant Michelle Monaghan), who’s accidentally impregnated during a one-night stand. So what’s their solution? Yes, you got it. Andie decides to give her baby away to her BFF, but first, Lizzie must convince her disgruntled realtor husband of the arrangement.