El Ángel

El Ángel Argentina (2018) Dir. Luis Ortega “You need your stars, even killers have prestige” The Manics may have been trying to appear enigmatic with this lyric but it does have a sliver of truth to it, except “prestige” should be replaced with notoriety. The last thing we want is anyone being influenced by a … Continue reading El Ángel

Leto

Leto Russia (2018) Dir. Kirill Serebrennikov It’s a long way to the top if you want to rock and roll, unless you are living in Communist Russia in the 1980s in which case, it is a very long way to the top but only if the Party approves of your lyrics first. After all, it’s … Continue reading Leto

Bohemian Rhapsody

Bohemian Rhapsody (Cert 12A) US/UK (2018) Dir. Bryan Singer Is this the real life? Is this just fantasy? No, it’s a movie About Freddie Mercury  Well, somebody had to! I am a massive Queen fan, have been ever since my Dad bought me the Flash Gordon soundtrack (on cassette!) when I was a kid and … Continue reading Bohemian Rhapsody

I, Tonya

I, Tonya US (2017) Dir. Craig Gillespie Figure skater Tonya Harding will live in infamy for the incident on January 6th 1994 when her main rival Nancy Kerrigan was attacked and left with an injured knee, for which Harding was found complicit. The truth behind it, to this day, is still as clear as mud … Continue reading I, Tonya

Black Venus

Black Venus (Cert 15) 1 Disc Blu-ray (Distributor: Arrow Academy) Running Time: 165 minutes approx. I’m wondering if Abdellatif Kechiche is capable of making a film of reasonable length. Looking at his resume, only one runs under two hours and that is only by a few minutes. In between 2007’s 150-minute Couscous and 2013’s 3-hour … Continue reading Black Venus

Battle For Sevastopol (Bitva za Sevastopol)

Battle For Sevastopol (Bitva za Sevastopol) Russia/Ukraine (2015) Dir. Sergey Mokritskiy It’s seems almost unthinkable that Russia and the Ukraine could co-operate on anything in light of recent situations, which makes this biopic of the famed World War II Russian sniper Lyudmila Pavlichenko something of a miracle. Ironically, give the theme of war, the film … Continue reading Battle For Sevastopol (Bitva za Sevastopol)

The Imitation Game

The Imitation Game UK (2014) Dir. Morten Tyldum One of the top contenders at this year’s Oscars, The Imitation Game takes us back to World War II in order to tell the tale of Alan Turing, the man who built the machine which cracked the German’s “Enigma” code. While the source material is said to … Continue reading The Imitation Game

Camille Claudel 1915

Camille Claudel 1915 France (2013) Dir. Bruno Dumont Another overlooked figure from the French art world comes to my attention via a superbly made biopic, this time 19th century sculptor Camille Claudel, essayed here in an emotionally draining tour de force turn by the inestimable Juliette Binoche. Camille’s work was overshadowed by her affair with … Continue reading Camille Claudel 1915

Violette

Violette France (2013) Dir. Martin Provost Biopics can be a tricky to get right as facts can easily be distorted or diluted during the transition from personal account to dramatisation. There is also the viewer’s knowledge of the subject to consider, determining how much background information is to be included or excised. I have to … Continue reading Violette