Howdy doody folks! I'm back from the US of A!! Rested (sort of) and ready to attack the film reviewing once more. Of course it's a game of catch-up, with those films I'm reviewing here having possibly already been seen by your good selves. But I should get back on track in a short while, I hope!Director: Jonathan Teplitzky
Length: 105 min
|© Transmission - Brian Cox gives his all as |
the legendary Winston Churchill
3.5 - recommended!
Director: Terry George
Length: 134 min
© entertainment One - a disturbing piece of history
reminding us that the world never seems to learn
3.5 - recommended!
Director: Benedict Andrews
Length: 94 min
|© Madman - victim confronts abuser in this |
morally ambiguous story
2.5 - maybe!
A couple of golden oldies!
Watching films on a plane is not an ideal way to do it, but I revisited a couple of superb films from years gone by.
If you get the chance to catch 'em, don't hesitate.
Crazy Heart (2009)
Jeff Bridges plays washed-up alcoholic country and western singer Bad Blake. His life is turned around when a young journalist (Maggie Gyllenhaal) comes to interview him. This is emotionally affecting stuff at its max. Bridges does all his own musical work, as does Colin Farrell in his smaller role. It's the sort of film that cuts to the heart of the human experience - love, loss, redemption, lost chances - all the great movie ingredients - plus a truckload of great music and a cute kid!
Michael Mann's film is a gripping ride from go to whoa. With top acting from Al Pacino as a driven cop, and Robert de Niro as the driven crim he relentlessly pursues, Heat is no ordinary cops 'n' robbers film. The character development and emphasis on the private lives and self-destructive emotions of both characters is an essential element to making this a stand-out film. All the support cast are superb, and this is a must-see for lovers of the genre.