Archive for the ‘philosophy of life’ Category

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 […]


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 […]


Jean-Louis Trintignant (Marcello Clerici), Stefania Sandrelli (Giulia). Screenplay by Bernardo Bertolucci. Directed by Bernardo Bertolucci. Rating: 15. Running time: 107 minutes. Studying Plato recently as part of my philosophy degree, I was stunned to find a crucial commentator on the Republic claiming the best way to understand the allegory of the Cave is to watch Bernardo Bertolucci’s The Conformist. […]


Jim Broadbent (Tom), Lesley Manville (Mary), Ruth Sheen (Gerri). Screenplay by Mike Leigh. Directed by Mike Leigh. Rating: 12. Running time: 129 minutes. Made in Dagenham may have been hyped up as the British film of the year, but I can say wholeheartedly that it is Another Year that has made me proud to belong […]


Jean-Paul Belmondo (Ferdinand / Pierrot), Anna Karina (Marianne). Screenplay by Jean-Luc Godard. Directed by Jean-Luc Godard. Rating: 15. Running time: 110 minutes. A completely anarchic, impenetrable bugger of a film, Pierrot le Fou is bound to leave you as alienated and enraged as cinema can. It’s Godard at his most elusive. He’s made a film […]


George Clooney (Ryan Bingham), Vera Farmiga (Alex), Anna Kendrick (Natalie Keener), Jason Bateman (Craig Gregory). Screenplay by Sheldon Turner and Jason Reitman. Directed by Jason Reitman. Rating: 15. Running time: 108 minutes. It looked like it would be so dull, didn’t it? Seriously – George Clooney flying around sacking people for 2 hours non-stop. How […]


Takashi Shimura (Kenji Watanabe), Shinichi Himori (Kimura). Written by Hideo Oguni, Shinobu Hashimoto and Akira Kurosawa. Directed by Akira Kurosawa. Rating: 12. Running time: 140 minutes. Perhaps this is presumptuous, but after having seen only Rashômon and now Ikiru, I’m going to deduce the existence of what should probably be called the Kurosawian stare. It’s […]