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Month: November 2014

The Drop – There’s enough to play with

The Drop (US/2014) UK Release by 20th Century Fox – 14th November 2014 Directed by Michaël R. Roskam Brief Synopsis: Everyone in the neighbourhood works together to make a living. The past can be haunting and the future must be sourced at any cost, law abiding or not. Bob Saginowski finds himself entangled right at the centre after a string of unfortunate events.  There is an assuring sense of dread, morbid humour and a fine American setting for a simmering thriller: the deep of Brooklyn. This weighted tale from Dennis Lehane… Read more The Drop – There’s enough to play with

Modris – It isn’t easy growing up, especially not in Latvia

  Modris (Latvia/2014) UK Release: 13th November at Leeds International Film Festival (UK Theatrical TBC) Directed by Juris Kursietis Brief Synopsis: Modris is a normal 17 year-old teenager looking for reason and adventure; he has a girlfriend and goes out with a few friends. However, things are not well in the home and Modris soon allows certain habits to take demanding effect. This is when he comes head to head with the Latvian justice system and things take a sudden turn for the worse. Modris is a character that many teenagers will be… Read more Modris – It isn’t easy growing up, especially not in Latvia

No One’s Child – Hello to the Magnitude and Absurdity of the Human Species

No One’s Child (Yugoslavia/2014) UK Release: 11th November 2014 at Leeds International Film Festival (UK Theatrical TBC) Directed by Vuk Rsumovic Brief Synopsis: A boy is found in the wild mountains of Bosnia and Herzegovina. He has no family and is put in a foster school to bear the brunts and wonders of human life.  Whilst No One’s Child may initially reflect on the struggles of a, quite literally, wild boy (soon after named Haris) to conform with society after a childhood with various unbeknownst wolf packs, it is precisely… Read more No One’s Child – Hello to the Magnitude and Absurdity of the Human Species

The Canal – Just a horror film

The Canal (US/Ireland/2014) UK Release: 14th November at Leeds International Film Festival (UK Theatrical TBC)  Directed by Ivan Kavanagh Brief Synopsis: David, a film archivist, begins to become unsettled as he receives a piece of film footage showcasing his house as the setting to a brutal murder and when, to make matters worse, he suspects his wife is being unfaithful.  A mildly interesting film with nods to filmmakers as distinct in method as David Cronenberg and Michael Powell. Ivan Kavanagh has clearly made a big effort to tap into what… Read more The Canal – Just a horror film

Nightcrawler – Jake Gyllenhaal surpasses Christian Bale

Nightcrawler (US/2014) UK Release by Entertainment One Directed by Dan Gilroy Brief Synopsis: A ruthless and determined man, desperate for work, breaks into crime journalism in the underbelly of Los Angeles and doesn’t take a moment to look back.  Jake Gyllenhaal creates a growing stream of electricity inside his ferocious mind games in what may just be the most interesting character portrait since Patrick Bateman in American Psycho. Lou Bloom (Gyllenhaal) discovers a career that indulges his reckless bravery and borderline behaviours. The role also allows for him to devise his own… Read more Nightcrawler – Jake Gyllenhaal surpasses Christian Bale