Fascinating, if flawed, insight into the role of celebrity in a murder trial, based loosely on the Amanda Knox case. Like the director of this film-within-a-film, it never quite reaches the lofty ambitions it sets itself, but it makes an interesting point nonetheless. Three stars.
Heartbreaking true story of the early life of a young Vera Brittain, bringing the human costs of World War One into stark focus. Excellent starring performance from Alicia Vikander in her English-language debut. Four stars. Full review to follow.
So, here we are. The last day of The BFI London Film Festival 2014, and I find myself in the Odeon West End ready to watch three films in quick succession. Sad as it may be, I couldn’t think of a better way to spend a Sunday afternoon 🙂
So, another week of work is over, another weekend of cinema stretches out ahead and I’m back in the beautiful surroundings of the Curzon Mayfair. Even better, this time I seem to have unintentionally bagged one of the best seats in the house (RRP is apparently £18, according to the very nice usher standing nearby; … Continue reading
A paean to Paris apartments, with a liberal sprinkling of the ever-acerbic Maggie Smith. What more could you want?! Four stars. Full review to follow…
Although the plot is often even more ponderous than Reese Witherspoon’s aching feet, the empathy for the character is genuine, and the camera work stunning. Four stars. Full review to follow…
Another day, another film, another cinema. And this time, it’s one I’ve never been to before: Curzon Mayfair. I’d be the first to admit a new cinema is always an exciting experience, but when it’s as pretty as this, the film can’t help but be good 🙂
So, tonight I’m spending my night off from watching films at the LFF in Foyles bookshop, at an event about… movies! I think this is what might traditionally be termed a ‘busman’s holiday’… The event is being hosted by Little White Lies in honour of their new book, which celebrates what people love about movies. … Continue reading
Gael Garcia Bernal excels in this eye-opening drama with exquisite comic turns. Brings a harrowing story to life with sensitivity and style. Accomplished directorial debut from Jon Stewart. Five stars. Full review to follow.
Another day, another celebrity hangout, and today we’ve graduated to the big leagues – Odeon Leicester Square, with one of my all-time favourite actresses, Reese Witherspoon, in attendance. Life doesn’t get much better than this!! Disappointingly, the weather is almost as bad as yesterday, so photographic evidence is rather poor, but you can just about … Continue reading