The Lonely Wife (Charulata)

    Released in 1964, Satyajit Ray’s, arguably of one of India’s most influential filmmakers, tale of longing and loneliness is widely regarded as one of his finest films. Set in the  confines of late nineteenth century, Ray takes a look back through India’s history to the time the country is seeking its independence from … Continue reading

The Place Beyond The Pines

Plot: Fairground stunt rider Luke (Ryan Gosling), after discovering he has a young son becomes determined to provide for him. He begins robbing banks as a means of providing for his newly discovered family leading him into the path of up and coming officer (Bradley Cooper).   Review: With Ryan Gosling’s recent announcement that he … Continue reading

Rust and Bone

Judging from Jaques Audiard’s previous films, A Prophet and  The Beat My Heart Skipped, it would be unwise to go into Rust and Bone expecting lighter fare.  Ali (Matthias Schoenaerts), a bullish street fighter moves himself and his son from Belgium into his estranged sister’s garage in France hoping to make something of himself as a street … Continue reading

Anna Karenina

Plo­t Stuck in a safe but passionless marriage, Anna Karenina (Keira Knightly) longs for something more when she encounters the dashing Count Vronsky (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) and after succumbing to her desires must deal with the consequences of her affair amidst the unforgiving society of imperial Russia. Review Reuniting with Pride and Prejudice director Joe Wright, … Continue reading

Goodbye First Love (Un Amour De Jeunesse)

Goodbye First Love is a tender tale of two adolescents and their experience of the euphoric highs and crushing lows of first love. The intensity of teenage love is something very few will ever truly forget and Mia Hansen-løve’s film paints a fascinating picture in this story of love and loss.  Opening with two teenagers … Continue reading

Friends With Kids

Jennifer Westfeldt is clearly a woman intrigued with the dynamic of dysfunctional relationships. After writing and starring in Kissing Jessica Stein, a charming and offbeat comedy about a woman reduced to dating another woman after her male options prove less than satisfactory. Revolving around a similar high concept, Friends with Kids follows two besties (Westfeldt … Continue reading

Rock Of Ages

    Following the success of the Broadway musical it was almost inevitable that we would be seeing a film adaptation at some point. What was perhaps not so predictable was the casting of Tom Cruise as the volatile rock god Stacee Jaxx, who as it turns out is quite a skilled singer. Being a … Continue reading

Prometheus

    Just one day into its official UK release and Ridley Scott’s long awaited return to Sci-fi with a prequel to one of the defining films of not only his career but to the genre as a whole, is already provoking a variety of mixed reactions. Firstly let’s address the Xenomorph in the room … Continue reading

Young Adult

There’s one (at least) in every school, that girl, miss popular but who in fact everyone hated. Young Adult explores the story of one such woman who never managed to grow out of that petulant teenage phase. The story follows Mavis (Charlize Theron), who in her late 30’s, is perfectly suited as a writer (or ghost-writer) of teen … Continue reading