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Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri – Martin Mcdonagh ***

Tweet Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri – Martin McDonagh *** Some movies wear their pitch on their sleeves.  This movie is technically first class: writing, direction, cinematography, even the occasional evocative country music insert – all work well to create a sharp, black, ironic and at times scabrously funny film. However, McDonah, unlike his previous […]

Film Stars Don’t Die In Liverpool – Paul McGuigan ****

Tweet    Film stars Don’t Die In Liverpool – Paul McGuigan **** There is a brief scene late on in this film that lifts it above what had thus far been a simple touching and poignant if unlikely, age-gap romance between Oscar-winning Hollywood actress Gloria Grahame (Annette Bening) and young scouse actor Peter Turner (Jamie […]

Our Last Tango – German Kral

Tweet   LAST TANGO – GERMAN KRAL Love doesn’t make the world go round: desire does. Love is a state of being; desire a life force that sustains it. Transcending both is passion: love and desire conjoined to create a power that can both enhance and even threaten life itself. The extraordinary Maria Nieves Rego […]

The Revenant – Alejandro González Iñárritu

Tweet   The Revenant – Alejandro González Iñárritu Verisimilitude is not Art. The universal critical acclaim The Revenant is attracting, reflected by its 12 Oscar nominations is surpassed in absurdity only by the bewildering 10 nominations for Mad Max – Fury Road. That is beyond parody. The Revenant, if successful on the night will be […]

* 45 Years – Andrew Haig Patronising, Depressing Stereotypes

Tweet      45 Years – Andrew Haig  * (Beware – semi-spoiler alert) “I think it needs a new ballcock”.  If there is a film that can survive giving space to this deathless line – 45 Years isn’t it.  In one if their periodic moments of collective lunacy, UK critics have unanimously awarded 5 stars […]

DOMINION – Poem Sousse

Tweet   DOMINION It is time, in all conscience Human conscience Not to pray. In God’s name deny Next world promises Man-made lethal lies Of a Man-imagined paradise Heaven’s rivers in spate with hate run red with human blood Murderous metaphysics multiply Myriad-worded menus Without a scrap of food And blood for wine Sustain Man’s […]

Jurassic World – email to BBFC 26th June 2015

Tweet   Email to British Board of Film Censors – 26th June 2015 JURASSIC WORLD  –  Colin Trevorrow I have just watched a performance of this film in a crowded cinema at Cineworld Stevenage. I see around 3/4 movies a week and have written over 400 reviews at my blog www.zettelfilmreviews.co.uk and posted to the […]

Mr Turner – Mike Leigh Over-rated, over-praised

Tweet       Mr Turner – Mike Leigh Probably the most over-praised, over-rated film of the year. Despite a languidly and tediously long-drawn out 150 minutes, Mike Leigh manages virtually no insights, no illumination of Turner the artist or his Art. A clunking, almost unplayably self-conscious ‘literary’ script serves a misconceived effort to ‘recreate’ […]

Blue Is The Warmest Colour – Over-hyped, over-long and under-sexed

Tweet  Blue Is The Warmest Colour – Abdellatif Kechiche Filming fictional sex is very much like filming fictional sport. It doesn’t work – because it is a contradiction in spirit. Nothing planned and scripted can ever, by definition, capture the immediacy of the drama of sport in which the unpredictability of outcome is the very […]

The Place Behind The Pines – David Cianfrance. Tatty Tats and dumb drama

Tweet    The Place Behind The Pines – David Cianfrance The paradoxes of cool. If you think you are – you aren’t. If you try to be – you won’t be. Worst of all: if everyone tells you are and you believe them – you never could or will be. Cool is impossible to define: […]