FANNY LYE DELIVER’D

If there was a word that could describe what makes director Thomas Clay’s Fanny Lye Deliver’d work on so many levels, unpredictable would come to mind. It is a fair description of a drama available to see on Curzon Home Cinema guided by its small but convincing ensemble of actors representing several generations of actors, …

A RAINY DAY IN NEW YORK

Woody Allen has been the subject of debate since the Me Too movement awakened allegations of sexual molestation of his daughter, with stars declaring regret working for him and Amazon Studios reneging on a four-film deal with him leading to a court case. One of those films that was part of the deal, A Rainy …

EMA

Pablo Larrain is one of the more interesting directors working in world cinema today with the likes of El Club and Neruda aiding his reputation and contributing to a hot streak of modern Chilean cinema. Here, his talent continues to shine with Ema, his third collaboration with Gael Garcia Bernal that is mainly guided by …

CAPONE

There is no doubt Tom Hardy is one of the most influential and talented British actors of his generation. But he is also one of those actors who is very much hit-and-miss as it seems for every good film he makes (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Warrior, Locke, The Revenant) there is a dud (This Means …

CALM WITH HORSES

The theme of loyalty is the driving force of Calm with Horses, a directorial debut within the crime thriller genre set in rural Ireland that sees the pairing of Cosmo Jarvis and Barry Keoghan. Here Jarvis portrays an ex-boxer nicknamed Arm who works as a violent enforcer for a tough drug-dealing family operating in the …

VIVARIUM

The phrase ‘be careful what you wish for’ is a cliched statement often seen in cinema and no more so than in Vivarium, a co-production of Ireland, Belgium and Denmark led by Imogen Poots and Jesse Eisenberg. Beginning with an unusual sequence involving cuckoos, we are introduced to schoolteacher Gemma and her husband Tom. Both …

THE OCCUPANT

Only a short time after the release of the wonderful Parasite, the idea of home infiltration returns courtesy of Netflix with this Spanish thriller The Occupant (Hogar), a study of struggle, deceit, blackmail and ruthlessness.  For a year, Javier Munoz (Javier Gutierrez) has been struggling to find work since he left his advertising executive position …

GLASGOW FILM FESTIVAL 2020: DEERSKIN

Jean Dujardin and a deerskin jacket form an unusual partnership in this surreal French comedy horror, approriately namedDeerskin, which sees him team up with actress of the moment Adele Haenel. Georges appears to be having some kind of mid-life crisis, hence his purchase of around seven thousand euros for a deerskin jacket. With the seller …

GLASGOW FILM FESTIVAL 2020: ECHO

Iceland is the setting for a distinctive piece by Icelandic director Runar Runarsson called Echo, a collection of shots that bring to mind the work of fellow Scandinavian director Roy Andersson. Comprised of 56 takes, this focuses on short events happening in the lives of a bunch of Iceland citizens as Christmas approaches. a series …

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