Philomena.

I hadn’t read any reviews of Philomena before I went into the screening. I was looking forward to seeing the film but wasn’t particularly desperate to fit it into my week. Luckily, I made time to see it on Saturday evening. I say luckily because it’s turned out to be one of the greatest releases of this … Continue reading

Rescue Dawn.

Werner Herzog’s Little Dieter Needs to Fly is quite possibly my favourite documentary. Venturing into the Vietnamese jungle, Herzog accompanies the war veteran Dieter Dengler who we witness re-living, physically and geographically, his experiences of torture, cruelty and imprisonment at the hands of the Vietcong. The film focuses on Dengler’s reactions to his memories and … Continue reading

Behind the Candelabra.

Being only two decades old, there was something about Michael Douglas’ performance in Behind the Candelabra that I was never going to fully understand. Archive footage of documentaries and performances are the only experience and knowledge I have of the real Liberace. Steven Soderbergh’s latest release was turned down by movie studios in America as nobody seemed to want … Continue reading

Chaplin.

After watching, and thoroughly enjoying, The Kid, I felt it was an appropriate time to watch Richard Attenborough’s Chaplin. This biographical film displays the life of Charlie Chaplin from his difficult childhood, his rise to success to his personal struggles with his work and his women. The film has a rather clichéd format as we join an elderly Charlie … Continue reading