Posts Tagged ‘london’

I know I rarely do posts that aren’t reviews, but there are three big biopics coming up this year, each concerning a hugely important woman, and that felt worthy of a break from tradition. This looks to me like 2011 will be a good year for actresses, and about time too. I can think of […]


Sally Hawkins (Poppy), Eddie Marsan (Scott). Screenplay by Mike Leigh. Directed by Mike Leigh. Rating: 15. Running time: 118 minutes. Happy-Go-Lucky is an odd title for a film that’s quite pleasant, but also annoying and disturbing in equal measure. I never quite believed that Mike Leigh would be capable of making the feel good film this […]


Jon Finch (Richard Blaney), Barry Foster (Robert Rusk), Alec McCowen (Chief Inspector Oxford). Screenplay by Anthony Shaffer. Directed by Alfred Hitchcock. Rating: 18. Running time: 116 minutes. So this is how Hitchcock films would feel if censorship had never existed and he’d got his way all along. Frenzy is a very odd experience to say […]


Naomi Watts (Sally Channing), Anthony Hopkins (Alfie Shebritch), Antonio Banderas (Greg), Josh Brolin (Roy Channing), Freida Pinto (Dia), Gemma Jones (Helena Shebritch), Pauline Collins (Cristal). Screenplay by Woody Allen. Directed by Woody Allen. Rating: 12A. Running time: 96 minutes. Woody Allen may be a nihilist, but it seems that he has judged himself to have […]


Ruth Sheen (Shirley), Lesley Manville (Laetitia Boothe-Brain), Philip Davis (Cyril), Philip Jackson (Martin Burke). Screenplay by Mike Leigh. Directed by Mike Leigh. Rating: 15. Running time: 112 minutes. Class consciousness at its clearest, High Hopes carves out a caricature of a country which Thatcherism was making more real by the day. The focus is on […]


Stanley Holloway (Arthur Pemberton), Paul Dupuis (Duke of Burgundy), John Slater (Frank Huggins). Screenplay by T. E. B. Clarke. Directed by Henry Cornelius. Rating: U. Running time: 84 minutes. Ealing comedy about an area of London that secedes from Great Britain, Passport to Pimlico sounds like a barrel of laughs but turns out to be […]


Alec Guinness (Professor Marcus), Herbert Lom (Mr. Harvey), Peter Sellers (Mr. Robinson), Danny Green (Mr. Lawson / One-round), Cecil Parker (Major Courtney), Katie Johnson (Mrs. Wilberforce). Screenplay by William Rose. Directed by Alexander Mackendrick. Rating: U. Running time: 91 minutes. Classic black comedy and now an exemplary, infamous piece of British cinema, The Ladykillers gives […]