Movie Review – Annette

Annette US (2021) Dir. Leos Carax Ethel Merman’s signature song There’s No Business Like Show Business, originally from the musical Annie Get Your Gun and written by written by Irving Berlin, was designed to celebrate all that is good about being a performer. Considering the state many famous people end up mentally, physically or worse, … Continue reading Movie Review – Annette

Ishmael’s Ghosts

Ishmael’s Ghosts (Cert 15) 1 Disc Blu-ray/DVD / 2 Discs Ltd Ed. Blu-ray (Distributor: Arrow Academy) Running Time: Theatrical Cut - 113 minutes approx / Director’s Cut - 134 minutes approx. NB: This review is based on the Director’s Cut No giant white whales for this particular Ishmael to tackle but maybe the events of … Continue reading Ishmael’s Ghosts

From The Land Of The Moon

From The Land Of The Moon (Mal de pierres) France (2016) Dir. Nicole Garcia “Don’t know what I want but I know how to get it” A slightly glib summation of the central theme of this film, based on the 2006 novel of the same name by Italian writer Milena Agus, but the ambiguity of … Continue reading From The Land Of The Moon

It’s Only The End Of The World

It’s Only The End Of The World (Cert 15) 1 Disc (Distributor: Curzon Artificial Eye) Running Time: 99 minutes approx. What is it about families that they are usually the last people we tell big news to? Why do we fear their reactions the most? Is it out fault or theirs? Prodigious French-Canadian writer-director Xavier … Continue reading It’s Only The End Of The World

April And The Extraordinary World (Avril et le monde truqué)

April And The Extraordinary World (Avril et le monde truqué) France (2015) Dir. Christian Desmares & Franck Ekinci When one thinks of Steampunk in animation it will probably occur to most people to suggest that it is the province of Japanese anime, albeit with the settings being in Europe. Leave it to the French to … Continue reading April And The Extraordinary World (Avril et le monde truqué)

Two Days, One Night

Two Days, One Night (Cert 15) 1 Disc (Distributor: Artificial Eye) Running Time: 95 min approx When does self-preservation become selfishness? Why should doing something which will benefit you and your loved ones at the expense of someone else’s livelihood be such a moral quandary? When young mother Sandra (Marion Cotillard) is about to return … Continue reading Two Days, One Night

Rust And Bone

Rust And Bone (Cert 15) 1 Disc (Distributor: StudioCanal) Running time: 122 minutes approx. Wannabe kick boxer Ali (Matthias Schoenaerts) and his five year-old son, Sam (Armand Verdure) arrives in Antibes, southern France from Belgium with virtually nothing to their names. Ali gets a job as a bouncer at a night club where, on his … Continue reading Rust And Bone

The Dark Knight Rises

The Dark Knight Rises (Cert 12) 1 Disc (Distributor: Warner Brothers) Running Time: 158 minutes approx Late to the party as usual, I watch this film with an equal amount of anticipation and trepidation, such is the hype surrounding Christopher Nolan’s record breaking final film in his Batman trilogy. So often one hears how great … Continue reading The Dark Knight Rises