• Film Review – Unbroken

    Biopics are often a tricky affair, because filmmakers are challenged to hit a very delicate balance when choosing which parts of their subject’s lives to cover. For some, it pays to focus on just one pivotal event (as in Lincoln) or up to a certain point in their achievements (Elizabeth), while...
  • Anti-Advent Calendar #13

    Christmas. The time to be surrounded by others, especially the eager and effervescent youth. Well, unless it turns out like day thirteen on our Anti-Advent Calendar… Want to be disturbed and further frightened by any form of contact with the youth of today? If so, Eden Lake is the film for...
  • Trailer Watch – Unbroken

    Angelina Jolie-directed Unbroken is set during World War Two. This biographical picture tells the story of Louis Zamperini (1917-2014), an Olympic runner who survived a plane crash, then endured two and a half years in a Japanese prisoner-of-war camp. Zamperini is played by upcoming star Jack O’Connell (who recently appeared in...
  • Review – ’71

    First time director Yann Demange, (who does not yet even have a Wikipedia page), has achieved something with this film. This something is sustaining cinematic substance within simplicity. Set in Belfast in 1971, during the height of the violence during The Troubles (1968-98), a British soldier becomes separated from his...