I've lived in Manchester since 1988, and Cornerhouse has been part of my life ever since. People I worked with at the time used to raise their eyebrows when I said I'd been there - "what, you mean with the dirty mac brigade!?" I hadn't realised that for people who had lived in Manchester longer … Continue reading Farewell, Cornerhouse
Do not go and see this film if you have a headache - it is VERY SHOUTY. Inside director Xavier Dolan's head must be a difficult place to be. What he manages to create with this film is challenging to watch, but full of outstanding performances from the three main actors. It's not without flaws … Continue reading Mommy
According to Peter Bradshaw of The Guardian, the film of Maxine Peake's turn as Hamlet is the film you should be watching this week. Not to show off or anything, but I've seen the original stage production of this at the Royal Exchange in Manchester, and I'm not so sure. I had no problem with … Continue reading Maxine Peake as Hamlet – recommended viewing?
What do we think? Are we looking forward to this?
Yesterday I posted about 10 films I'm definitely looking forward to seeing over the next few months. There was also a smaller number that I'm vaguely curious about, and these are they: John Wick - Can this Keanu action movie really be as good as I'm hearing? Force Majeure - Again, people have gushed about this … Continue reading 5 upcoming curiosities
There's usually a bit of a post-Oscar lull in March, and then things start to pick up again. A number of films have been on my radar for quite a while, and several of them are coming up soon. So here are my top 10 most anticipated films from now until the end of June (in order … Continue reading 10 most anticipated films of Spring 2015
Seen as part of the ¡Viva! Film Festival. I was bracing myself for yet another coming-of-age tale having read the description of this film, the only one in the ¡Viva! Weekender by a female director. But I was pleased to discover that my fears were unfounded. Yes, the film's two main protagonists are a couple … Continue reading María y el Araña – María and Spider
Seen as part of the ¡Viva! Film Festival. Love in the middle years which unfolds very slowly and gently in the rainy season in a town on the coast of Colombia. Lots of static camera means we're watching things happen very slowly, and while this fits the tone of the film (and reflects real life, … Continue reading Ruido Rosa – Pink Noise
Seen as part of the ¡Viva! Film Festival. Apparently set in 1999, just before the economic collapse in Ecuador, although this wasn't evident to me. The really interesting thing would have been to explore the race/class/money themes which are touched upon, but instead the film becomes a cliché coming-of-age story (oh how I hate that phrase) … Continue reading Feriado – Holiday
Seen as part of the ¡Viva! Film Festival. This film is also listed in some places as Los fenómenos. Director Alfonso Zarauza introduced this film to the audience, saying that the economic crisis in Spain has given rise to winners and losers. "This is a film about the losers", he concluded. Lola Dueñas plays single mum Neneta … Continue reading Os fenómenos – Aces