Archive for the ‘america’ Category

Dustin Hoffman (Bernstein), Robert Redford (Woodward). Screenplay by William Goldman. Directed by Alan J. Pakula. Rating: 15. Running time: 130 minutes. All the President’s Men has a handful of lines which will pierce the mildest of political hearts. It’s enough that the film is about arguably the greatest – indisputably the most famous – instance of […]


Ryan Gosling (Stephen Meyers), George Clooney (Mike Morris), Philip Seymour Hoffman (Paul Zara), Marisa Tomei (Ida Horowicz), Evan Rachel Wood (Molly Stearns), Paul Giamatti (Duffy). Screenplay by George Clooney et al. Directed by George Clooney. Rating: 15. Running time: 101 minutes. I promised myself I wouldn’t use this oh so obvious word, but I’m finding […]


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 […]


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 […]


Kate Winslet (April Wheeler), Leonardo DiCaprio (Frank Wheeler), Michael Shannon (John Givings), Kathy Bates (Mrs. Givings). Screenplay by Justin Haythe. Directed by Sam Mendes. Rating: 15. Running time: 119 minutes. If you approach Revolutionary Road in the wrong mood it could go down very badly indeed. First there’s the romantic atmosphere, involving you naively suggesting to […]


Directed by Michael Moore. Rating: 12. Running time: 127 minutes. It may not be novel to highlight the flaws of our world, especially when your subject is the age-old problems stemming from the commodification of everything from land to humans. But as I argued in the case of Fahrenheit 9/11, that a film’s material is […]


Directed by Michael Moore. Rating: 15. Running time: 122 minutes. I’m not sure this will be as much a film review as a miniature political outburst, but perhaps that’s inevitable when you make a documentary about 9/11 as controversial as this. Moore won the Palme d’Or at Cannes, it is true, and that’s no mean […]