Posts Tagged ‘sean penn’

Sean Penn (Cheyenne), Frances McDormand (Jane). Screenplay by Umberto Contarello and Paolo Sorrentino. Directed by Paolo Sorrentino. Running time: 118 minutes. In The Times today there’s a piece on Johnny Depp’s new film in which he plays Hunter S. Thompson, and the only thing to take from an otherwise normal, uninspiring interview was the revelation that […]


I’ll be popping down to the capital three times over the next week to catch some early screenings of forthcoming films, showing as part of the London Film Festival. Lots to choose from, and I really wanted to see The Ides of March, Shame and the like as soon as possible, but it’s hard to justify […]


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 […]


Brad Pitt (Mr. O’Brien), Jessica Chastain (Mrs O’Brien), Sean Penn (Jack). Screenplay by Terrence Malick. Directed by Terrence Malick. Rating: 12. Running time: 139 minutes. I must confess: I had planned on not writing this review. I saw The Tree of Life two days ago and left the cinema electrocuted, carrying away an array of contradictory […]


Daniel Day Lewis (Daniel Plainview). Screenplay by Paul Thomas Anderson. Directed by Paul Thomas Anderson. Rating: 12A. Running time: 158 minutes. If there’s one thing There Will Be Blood puts beyond any doubt, it’s that Daniel Day Lewis is today’s Marlon Brando. He may sit comfortably amongst a handful of actors any of which could fairly claim […]


I’ll try to keep this short, because I planned to make both predictions and prescriptions (that is, guessing who will win but also saying who should in fact bloody win) nearer to the time when I have had the chance to see both True Grit and The Fighter. Until then, however, I couldn’t resist making […]


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 […]