Monday, 2 November 2015


Director: John Wells
Length: 101 mins

I love foodie films and while this one is no Babette's Feast or Big Night, it's a lot of fun, but definitely not something to see when you are hungry.  The shots of the gorgeous food, like paintings on a plate, are definitely something to drool over. 
Adam Jones (Bradley Cooper) leaves Paris where he was once a 2-star Michelin chef but wrecked his career with substance abuse. Setting up a new resto in a fancy hotel owned by his friend Tony (Daniel Bruhl), he is now aiming for 3 stars. But he is a total diva, driving his staff into the ground, throwing tantrums, and nothing is ever good enough. Can his new sous-chef Helene (Sienna Miller) change his dastardly ways and teach him the meaning of teamwork?  

Definitely worth a look!

For a full review from Bernard Hemingway (who didn't like it as much as I did):

The Dressmaker

Director: Jocelyn Moorhouse
Length: 105 mins

This hoot of a new Aussie film defies categorisation. It is part romance and part revenge tale, and all with a goodly dose of tongue-in-cheek Aussie humour and haute couture. After years abroad in the fashion centres of Europe, Tilly (Kate Winslett) rolls into her childhood country town, armed with Singer sewing machine and a determination to find out the truth about her implication as a child in the death of a schoolmate. She reconnects with her dotty mother (Judy Davis), falls for local footy star and town hunk Teddy (Liam Hemsworth), and single-handedly transforms the dress-style of the local townswomen. 
There is a poultice of iconic Aussie stars in this one, with Hugo Weaving a stand-out as a local cross-dressing policeman. At times too many characters to keep a track of, but all up a load of fun with fabulous cinematography. 
Definitely worth a look!

For my full review:

Black Mass

Director: Scott Cooper
Length: 122 mins

An almost unrecognisable Johnny Depp plays Boston criminal James "Whitey" Bulger, who became an informant for the FBI. As a gangster film it's well made, but is no Goodfellas. It includes excellent performances from Joel Edgerton as the FBI cop who gradually falls prey to corruption, along with Benedict Cumberbatch as Bulger's brother, who just happens to be a Senator. The story is in fact based on truth, but, like so many of these films,  it is laced with ultra-violence and the characters are thoroughly unpleasant. So, you probably need to be a fan of the genre to go to see it. 

Maybe worth a look!

For a full review from Bernard Hemingway:

BBC First British Film Festival

This gem of a festival has just started and is currently screening in most cities until around mid November. 
I managed to preview Brooklyn, starring Saiorse Ronan as a young Irish gal who emigrates to New York, leaving all she knows and loves behind. It was moving and glorious, and is highly recommended. Other films in the catalogue look simply splendid, so let's hope some come out on general release, but for an early look check out  
The festival also includes a retrospective of 10 iconic romance films such as The Go-Between and Ryan's Daughter, with each film selected to reflect a decade from 1900 to1990. All totally worth a revisit!

The Jewish International Film Festival is opening this Wednesday November 4th and I'm busily previewing some brilliant films. I'll report in when I'm done, but meantime visit for the total programming. 

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