Archive for October, 2011

Sean Penn (Cheyenne), Frances McDormand (Jane). Screenplay by Umberto Contarello and Paolo Sorrentino. Directed by Paolo Sorrentino. Running time: 118 minutes. In The Times today there’s a piece on Johnny Depp’s new film in which he plays Hunter S. Thompson, and the only thing to take from an otherwise normal, uninspiring interview was the revelation that […]

Stathis Giallelis (Stavros Topouzoglou). Screenplay by Elia Kazan. Directed by Elia Kazan. Running time: 174 minutes. Kazan’s most personal and also his longest film, America, America is as epic as you’d expect. It comes with one of those all too human ‘Kazanian’ characters leading the way for us through this mad Eastern European landscape, as he acts out […]

Directed by Werner Herzog. Rating: 15. Running time: 120 minutes. Let the dread of that heavy title take hold of you. At least it will act as mild preparation for what you’ll be taken through by this documentary. I’ve heard it said that Herzog here has given us a modern day In Cold Blood. That […]

Greta Gerwig (Rose), Olly Alexander. Screenplay by Alison Bagnall. Directed by Alison Bagnall. Running time: 90 minutes. Look, wannabe indie directors: making a decent non-blockbuster doesn’t involve simply assigning yourself a small budget and filming two people doing fuck all. If you observe how many smaller films nowadays seem to think this, you might be […]

I’ll be popping down to the capital three times over the next week to catch some early screenings of forthcoming films, showing as part of the London Film Festival. Lots to choose from, and I really wanted to see The Ides of March, Shame and the like as soon as possible, but it’s hard to justify […]

Owen Wilson (Gil), Rachel McAdams (Inez), Michael Seen (Paul), Carla Bruni (Guide), Kathy Bates (Gertrude Stein), Marion Cotillard (Adriana), Adrien Brody (Salvador Dali). Screenplay by Woody Allen. Directed by Woody Allen. Rating: 12. Running time: 94 minutes. Ever noticed how since Manhattan, Woody Allen seems to feel obliged to begin his films with dull scene […]

Tom Hanks (Forrest Gump), Robin Wright (Jenny), Gary Sinise (Lieutenant Dan), Sally Field (Mrs. Gump). Screenplay by Eric Roth. Directed by Robert Zemeckis. Rating: 12. Running time: 142 minutes. For anyone who has seen Drive yet, or Never Let Me Go or An Education for that matter, you will know about that Carey Mulligan look: the puppy […]

I went to see Drive on Thursday, arriving at the Odeon on George Street in Oxford excited and ready, only to be told in a ‘just so you know’ way that the screening I had selected would be subtitled. Puzzled, I asked why. The staff informed me that they had to show a few subtitled screenings […]

I know I said a lot about The Tree of Life back in July when I first saw it, but given what a mess my reaction turned out to be, duly reflected in the structure and substance of my ‘review,’ I hope you’ll forgive me for returning to it here after a second viewing, if only […]

Directed by Andrew Rossi. Rating: U. Running time: 92 minutes. The newspaper industry has been dying for a long time now, and everybody knows it. Everybody, apparently, except some members of the industry itself. Whilst the reasons behind the demise are undoubtedly diverse and intricate, a predominant cause is evidently the web, and here the […]