With any film that’s based on something by Irvine Welsh, the expectations are inevitably for it to live up to the standard of Trainspotting, and with a cast consisting of the likes of James McAvoy, Jamie Bell, Jim Broadbent and Eddie Marsan, even more so. While the Danny Boyle film may have set the bar too high when it comes to Irvine Welsh adaptations, Jon S. Baird’s adaptation of Filth is in no way a failure.
Starring: Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal, Paul Dano, Terrence Howard, Viola Davis, Maria Bello, Melissa Leo
Directed by: Denis Villeneuve
Child kidnapping is not a new subject in cinema, and so it isn’t enough for a film to just be about that, and so Prisoners works well in trying to tell a deeper story, showing the effect missing children has on people’s humanity, not only of the parents’.
Directed by: Ron Howard
Many reviews for Rush will begin with, or at least include, the critic declaring a lack of interest or much knowledge in the area of Formula 1 racing. I wish I could be different, but I can’t. I sort of see the appeal, but have never gotten into it. Thankfully, Ron Howard’s latest doesn’t require or assume the audience to have knowledge of or an interest in the sport, just a desire to be entertained.
I know a few people who refuse to watch Bollywood movies, but will happily watch an Aamir Khan film, and so his next, Dhoom 3, will no doubt be one of the biggest films of the year, if not all time, in India. Especially since we’ve been kind of deprived of good films in mainstream Hindi films this year.
Today the full programme for the 57th BFI London Film Festival was announced, which runs in the city from 9th to 20th October, mainly in Leicester Square and the BFI’s home on Southbank, but also featuring screenings all over London.
The Sunday was our last, and also busiest day at the Fringe, managing to see six shows: one play, three more improvs shows, a musical, and a film screening.
Saturday at the Fringe proved to be a slightly calmer day. Joined by another friend, we did less running around, but saw some much more serious material.
The Fringe Festival in Edinburgh has always been something I’ve wanted to attend, and this year I finally got to go. I was literally only there for the final three days, so I didn’t have much time, and many things had already ended, so I didn’t see everything I might have wanted to, but I still managed to pack a lot in, sometimes running (not literally) from one side of the town centre to the other, with only 10 minutes between shows.
Directed by: Richard Curtis
What is with Richard Curtis and English guy/American girl stories? Four Weddings And A Funeral, Notting Hill, that one character in Love Actually obsessed with Americans, and now his latest About Time. I’ve been waiting for him to come back to the romantic comedies that I know and like him for, and I feel like I’ve been waiting for a while. It would seem the wait was worth it.
Directed by: Milan Luthria
Director Milan Luthria returns to the gang-world of Mumbai, with a completely new cast, and a change of era. This time the ruler of the city is Shoaib, previously played by Emraan Hashmi, but now replaced by a bigger name, Akshay Kumar. Shoaib spends a lot of his time hiding out in Oman, but when one of his own men plot to kill him, he returns to his city to deal with the matter himself. He has a chance encounter with Jasmine (Sonakshi Sinha), and falls in love, however he’s not the only one with feelings for the wannabe actress. One of his own, Aslam (Imran Khan), becomes his rival over affections of Jasmine.