Posts Tagged ‘revolutionary road’

Jodie Foster (Penelope), Kate Winslet (Nancy), Christoph Waltz (Alan), John C. Reilly (Michael). Screenplay by Yasmina Reza. Directed by Roman Polanski. Running time: 80 minutes. I seldom howl in cinemas nowadays when the best humour on offer is The Hangover Part 10, but that has all changed with Carnage: a crisp, well-cut Polanski piece shedding light through satire […]


Marcello Mastroianni (Giovanni Pontano), Jeanne Moreau (Lidia), Monica Vitti (Valentina). Screenplay by Michelangelo Antonioni et al. Directed by Michelangelo Antonioni. Rating: 12. Running time: 115 minutes. Excruciatingly sluggish to the extent that it threatens to rival a Bergman film for reaching new heights on the boringometer, Antonioni’s La Notte is seemingly content to hobble along at a pace that will test even […]


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 […]


Blue Valentine

20Aug11

I don’t think I have witnessed an onscreen relationship as convincing, intense and devastating as Michelle Williams and Ryan Gosling’s in Blue Valentine, ever. I’m sure there is better somewhere. To try and claim history was made last year would be fantastically naive. Even I don’t get that swept up in the moment. But when I […]


Nicole Kidman (Becca), Aaron Eckhart (Howie), Dianne Wiest (Nat). Screenplay by David Lindsay-Abaire. Directed by John Cameron Mitchell. Rating: 12A. Running time: 91 minutes. When you make a film about the disintegration of a relationship and release it before Blue Valentine has even left the cinemas, and Revolutionary Road from a few years back is still […]


Ryan Gosling (Dean), Michelle Williams (Cindy). Screenplay by Cami Delavigne, Joey Curtis and Derek Cianfrance. Directed by Derek Cianfrance. Running time: 120 minutes. If you saw Revolutionary Road two years ago, you should have been as awestruck as I was by the quality of acting and hard hitting story of a marriage going wrong due to […]


So this is my first blog post that’s not a review, but it’s also the first time since I started running this thing that the Fall of a year has approached. That means it’s Oscar season. Because of the Academy’s short memory, it seems all studios make sure their films are released in the three […]