Archive for the ‘politics’ Category

Meryl Streep (Margaret Thatcher), Jim Broadbent (Denis Thatcher), Alexandra Roach (Young Margaret Thatcher). Screenplay by Abi Morgan. Directed by Phillida Lloyd. Rating: 12A. Running time: 105 minutes. When will our obsession with biopics end? They are churned out yearly and inevitably produce shoo-ins for Best Actor or Actress. Apparently it is now harder, and more […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


Eva Green (Isabelle), Michael Pitt (Matthew), Louis Garrel (Theo). Screenplay by Gilbert Adair. Directed by Bernardo Bertolucci. Rating: 18. Running time: 115 minutes. The Dreamers is Bertolucci’s long, delicious love letter to love itself, Paris, youth, sex, the spirit of ’68, Hendrix and Dylan, Keaton and Chaplin, cinephilia and Godard and the New Wave that inspired […]