And the 2014 Winners are…

This year the Cannes Film Festival winners were announced tonight, Saturday…making it easier for everyone to travel back to their home countries for an early start on Monday! In the past the winners were always announced on Sunday night…meaning some had already left the Festival, or that they had to lounge next to the beautiful […]

Jimmy’s Hall Not Quite a Dance and a Thrill

Just two years ago Ken Loach was in Cannes (as he so often, thankfully, is) with a wonderful gift of a film called “The Angel’s Share”. So it was with great anticipation that I walked into the theatre to watch “Jimmy’s Hall”. But it’s just not the same. And nor, I suppose, should it be. Loach […]

Mommy

Xavier Dolan writes and directs Mommy this foreign film with sub titles. At 25 years old, writer/director Xavier Dolan has already made his 5th feature film with his newest movie Mommy, a story about a working class mother struggling to raise her violent, ADHD son. Starring Anne Dorval, Antoine Olivier Pilon and Suzanne Clement, the […]

Lost River Gets a Little Lost

I so wanted to love Ryan Gosling’s directorial debut ‘Lost River’…but it gets a little lost along the way. The cinematography is incredible, soaked in colours that are so Ryan Gosling you can almost sense his presence in every frame. But, almost disappointingly, he never appears. The film is definitely watchable. But somehow disappointing, and […]

The Search

The Search is directed by Michael Hazanavicius and depicts the horror and inhuman violence in the second Chechen War in 1999. This is a remake of Fred Zinnemann’s 1948 wartime melodrama. The movie takes us through the story of four lives that are somehow connected and brought together by a twist of fate. It’s strangely […]

Maps to the Stars…and to Fame, Family and a Powerful Film

Fans of movie stars can become dangerously obsessed. But when those fans are family…the obsession can become even more lethal. ‘Maps to the Stars’ is brilliantly and savagely executed. It’s raw and sophisticated. At times almost pornographic. Julianne Moore is insanely awesome in the role of an actress who is past her prime and desperate to cling […]

Timbaktu

I went to see this movie because it was in competition but I had no idea what this movie was about – no idea of the story, where it came from what it was about until now that I’ve seen it. And I still don’t really have a clear idea exactly what I saw. There […]

Catching Foxcatcher

‘Foxcatcher’ has to be one of my favourite movies so far in this Festival, thanks mainly to the surprise of seeing the usually comedic Steve Carell portray John du Pont, a man who lacks any humour. I knew beforehand that Carell was in the movie, but didn’t recognise him when he first appeared on the […]

Hmmm, If Only Eleanor Rigby Had Disappeared

Not Happy. I’ve just come out of ‘The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby’…and I really can’t even spoil the end for you, because I have no idea what it was meant to mean. Oh this is the kind of movie that’s so frustrating. It could have been so good. The beginning was so beautiful. It could […]

Saint Laurent

This is a YSL bio pic and Pierre Niney starres as the legendary fashion designer who goes from a teenager designing dresses in his house in Algeria to becoming the creative director of Dior and branching out to starting his own multi million dollar label. Along the way he falls in love with his business […]