45 Years

Slow-paced, beautifully moving, heartbreakingly sad. Outstanding performances from Tom Courtenay and particularly Charlotte Rampling make this one of my favourite films of the year. Difficult to decide whether this or Phoenix has the best final scene of 2015, but either way, hurray for great roles for women. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qXAnjA9tAnQ

The Wolfpack

This is for me the best type of documentary, where there is no voice-over trying to explain or manipulate the story, and where the director has taken the sensible decision not to insert themselves into the film at all, leaving the exposition to the subjects themselves.And yet there were a number of occasions where I needed the … Continue reading The Wolfpack

Captain America – or should that be Captain Manchester?

I've know about this location for, well, ages, but because it's in the town in which I live and is virtually on the doorstep, I didn't think any more of it until I started to put together my 'on location' posts. There's a part of Manchester city centre known as the Northern Quarter, and it … Continue reading Captain America – or should that be Captain Manchester?

La Isla Mínima – Marshlands

Gorgeous, vertiginous overhead shots and wide landscapes are the visual hallmark of this Spanish detective story. With Spain still not sure of itself in a post-Franco democracy, two detectives not sure of each other's backgrounds, and everyone seeming to have a hidden agenda, the many layers mostly fall in to place by the end, although … Continue reading La Isla Mínima – Marshlands