Marty

Marty US (1955) Dir. Delbert Mann What is it with Italian mothers and their sons? They want them to get married and have a family of their own but don’t want them to have a life of their own. I suppose this isn’t exclusive to Italian families but for the sake of the titular singleton … Continue reading Marty

Green Book

Green Book US (2018) Dir. Peter Farrelly When Moonlight won the Best Film Oscar in 2017 following the now infamous mix up with La La Land, it seemed Hollywood was either finally embracing diversity in cinema after being called out for ignoring it, or it was being politically safe for the same reason. Two years … Continue reading Green Book

The Favourite

The Favourite (Cert 15) 1 Disc DVD/Blu-ray (Distributor: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment) Running Time: 120 minutes approx. If you’re going to do a modern update of All About Eve then you might as well set it in 18th century England if that makes sense. If it does, you’ve clearly seen the previous films from … Continue reading The Favourite

The Salesman (Forushande)

The Salesman (Forushande) Iran (2016) Dir. Asghar Farhadi For the better part of this millennium, Asghar Farhadi has been the most prominent figure in Iranian cinema on the international stage, with two Oscars and numerous other awards to his credit. Subtly holding a mirror up to modern Iranian society The Salesman sees Farhadi in a … Continue reading The Salesman (Forushande)

Spotlight

Spotlight US (2015) Dir. Tom McCarthy They say God moves in mysterious ways when a certain sticky situation is either avoided or resolved in a timely manner but sometimes even the Almighty is unable to save the more pernicious members of his flock. Then again perhaps even He would turn his back on the villains … Continue reading Spotlight

The Last Command

The Last Command (Cert PG) 1 Disc Blu-ray/1 Disc DVD Dual Format (Distributor: Eureka) Running Time: 88 minutes approx. It is ironic that the 2016 Oscars were overshadowed by accusations of racism and lack of diversity, yet the very first Oscars held back in the racially insensitive days of 1929 displayed anything but. Case in … Continue reading The Last Command

In A Better World (Hævnen)

In A Better World (Hævnen) Denmark (2010) Dir. Susanne Bier Anton (Mikael Persbrandt) is a Swedish doctor who commutes between the Sudan where he works in a refugee camp and Denmark, where his marriage to Marianne (Trine Dyrholm) is crumbing. Their eldest son, 12-year-old Elias (Markus Rygaard)isbeing bullied at school but gets a helping hand … Continue reading In A Better World (Hævnen)