The Childhood Of A Leader

2015 – UK, France, Hungary Director: Brady Corbet Starring: Robert Pattinson, Stacy Martin, Liam Cunningham Words: R. Topham On paper, the origin story of a fictitious fascist leader loosely inspired by Mussolini sounds very straight-to-DVD, and, as a (kind of) adaptation of Jean-Paul Sartre’s story of the same name, there was a real danger it…

Mustang

2016 (UK) Director: Deniz Gamze Ergüven Starring: Günes Sensoy, Doga Zeynep Doguslu, Tugba Sunguroglu Words: R. Topham “It’s like everything changed in the blink of an eye. One minute we were fine, then everything turned to shit.” A multi-award winning, Oscar nominated tale of five orphaned sisters from a small village in suburban Turkey, Mustang…

Net Picks: Marvel’s Daredevil

Net Picks is your weekly digest of some of the best movies and TV shows currently doing the rounds on streaming sites such as Netflix, MUBI, Amazon Prime, Curzon Home Cinema and On Demand services such as Freeview and Sky Movies. 2015- Present Creator: Drew Goddard Starring: Charlie Cox, Vincent D’Onofrio, Deborah Ann Woll, Elden…

Dheepan

2015/ France Director: Jacques Audiard Starring: Jesuthasan Antonythasan, Kalieaswari Srinivasan, Claudine Vinasithamby Words: R. Topham An insightful, touching and surreal journey, the film follows the eponymous hero, real name Sivadhasan, and his pretend family, ‘wife’ Yalini and nine year old ‘daughter’ Illayas, on their journey to security after they flee from the civil war in Tamil,…

Victoria

2015/ Germany Director: Sebastian Schipper Starring: Laia Costa, Frederik Lau, Franz Rogowski Words: J. Wood Victoria is the most unexpected of success stories and, at less than a third of the way through the year stands as a very strong contender for Best Film of 2016.  The film starts out steeped in mundanity, the titular…

Anomalisa

Anomalisa – 2016 (UK) Starring: David Thewlis, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Tom Noonan Director: Charlie Kaufman & Duke Johnson Words: J. Wood Michael Stone is a middle aged man depressed with the emptiness of his life.  Arriving in Cincinnati to give a speech about Customer Services in a faceless hotel you quickly notice that Michael sees…

Bone Tomahawk

2015/ USA, UK Director: S. Craig Zahler Starring: Kurt Russell, Richard Jenkins, Patrick Wilson, Matthew Fox, Lili Simmons, David Arquette, Evan Jonigkeit Words: N. Scatcherd Bone Tomahawk is a strange film; a ‘cannibal horror Western’ (and as genre mash-ups go, that combination certainly grabs the attention) that feels like a cross between The Searchers and…

The Assassin

2015/ Taiwan, China, Hong Kong, France Director: Hsiao-Hsien Hou Starring: Qi Shu, Chen Chang, Satoshi Tsumabuki Words: B. Halford In the 9th century, the states of what would become China are in a state of conflict, with violence being commonplace. In the province of Hubei, Nie Yinniang (Shu) is a proficient assassin who kills noblemen with her…

Youth

2015/ Italy, UK, France, Switzerland Director: Paolo Sorrentino Starring: Michael Caine, Harvey Keitel, Rachel Weisz Words: R. Topham Imagine if Wes Anderson made an As Good As It Gets style drama, and you’ll picture something similar to Youth. It is up there with the most emotionally reflective films about the depths of the life you’ll ever see….

The Big Short

2015 – USA Director – Adam McKay Adapted from the book – ‘The Big Short’ by Michael Lewis Starring: Christian Bale, Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, Brad Pitt Words: J. Wood The financial crash of 2008 has provided material for a number of interesting films over the past few years and this is another, telling the…