Saturday, November 23, 2013

The Wee Man

Director: Ray Burdis

Starring: Martin Compston, Denis Lawson, Daniel Kerr, Patrick Bergin, (Stephen McCole, John Hannah

Set in Glasgow in the 70s and 80s the movie is based on the memoirs of Glasgow gangland figure, Paul Ferris. Young tear away Paul Ferris (played as a child by Daniel Kerr: then adult, Martin Compston) grows up street wise the housing schemes of outer Glasgow where he is tormented by local bullies. Frustrated by the endless harassment including the killing of his pet dog, the older Ferris eventually retaliates. The joy he experiences gives him a rush like no other, and he soon embarks on a life of violent crime. Local crime boss, Arthur “The Godfather” Thompson (Patrick Bergin) likes the look of the young thug and takes him into his firm but this also provokes the displeasure of Thompson’s inadequate son, ‘Fat Boy’ (Stephen McCole). Rival mobster, the sinister, Tam McGrawn (John Hannah), capitalizes on the tension by turning them both against each other. Ferris needs to make sense of it all before it all descends in chaos. Stark viewing in places it tells a story of how even a good lad can go feral when in the company of bad people.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Kill Your Darlings

Director: John Krokidas

Starring: Ben Foster, Daniel Radcliff, Dane DeHaan, Elizabeth Olsen, Jennifer Jason Leigh, David Cross, Jack Huston

A coming of age story about three freshmen at Columbia University, during the 1940s. They just happen to be Allen Ginsberg (Daniel Radcliff), Jack Kerouac (Jack Huston), and William S. Burroughs (Ben Foster), and their peripheral involvement in a murder of a friend, stabbed by his lover and dumped his body in the Hudson River. Ginsberg forges a friendship with fellow poet, classmate and bon vivant, Lucien Carr (Dane DeHaan). Together, the four begin to explore the creation of a new creative movement, to be called the New Vision, which will rejuvenate American literature. Meantime the older David Kammerer (Michael C. Hall) is romantically attached to Lucien and considers Ginsberg and Kerouac serious rivals. The younger men seem to have taken his ideas and when his body is left floating in the river many questions remain. Intriguing movie, this brims with hipster New York attitude of the period, with overall good performances from the cast. Pure art house.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

On my way (Elle s'en va)

Director: Emmanuelle Bercot

Starring: Catherine Deneuve ,Camille, Nemo Schiffman, Gerard Garouste, Paul Hamy

Charming movie set in picturesque French countryside. Down on her luck Bettie (Catherine Deneuve) is an ageing beauty who discovers her estranged lover has been unfaithful with a much younger woman. Facing financial ruin and humiliation she decides to run away. This is a road movie in which Bettie and her troublesome grandson Charly (Nemo Schiffman) eventually travel across rural France. The odd couple inevitably bond as we discover a string of characters and just how interesting this older woman is . A stunning performance by Catherine Deneuve.

On My Way Theatrical Trailer from Umbrella Entertainment on Vimeo.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

How I Live Now

Director: Kevin Macdonald

Starring: Saoirse Ronan, Tom Holland, Anna Chancellor, George MacKay, Corey Johnson, Sophie Ellis, Harley Bird, Sabrina Dickens, Natasha Jonas, Gavin Sims

Adapted from the YA (Young Adult) novel How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff the plot concerns a spiky teenager called Daisy (Saoirse Ronan) who is sent by her widowed father to live with her aunt in England. There the snooty New Yorker falls for her fun loving step cousin, Edmond (George Mackay) and all in the garden seems lovely. Then just as things are doing well a nuclear war escalates and London is destroyed leaving the teenagers separated but determined to survive post-apocalyptic Britain. The coming of age love story is similar to The Road and Red Dawn but there is some decent acting and the movie is bound to have appeal to the young. Not a patch on Lord of the Flies, however.