Posts in "Film"

Slow West


Directed by John Maclean Starring Kodi Smit-McPhee, Michael Fassbender and Ben Mendelsohn In UK Cinemas June 26th, 2015 by Joanna Orland Musician turned director John Maclean strikes a chord with his masterful first feature film Slow West.  The Western is an ambitious genre to take on as a first full length film production, but Maclean (formerly […]

Love Is Strange

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Directed by Ira Sachs Starring John Lithgow, Alfred Molina and Marisa Tomei On DVD and On Demand June 15th, 2015 by Joanna Orland In the hands of lesser actors, the touching and grounded love and life story of Ben and George could potentially stray into the sappy and saccharine.  John Lithgow and Alfred Molina  give […]

The Burning (El Ardor)


Directed by Pablo Fendrik Starring Gael Garcia Bernal, Alice Braga, Claudio Tolcachir, Chico Diaz, Jorge Sesan & Lautaro Vilo In UK Cinemas June 19th, 2015 by Joanna Orland An homage to old westerns, this Argentinian film is in dire need of modernization. The spirit of Sergio Leone and his Spaghetti Western is very much alive […]

Suffragette to open 59th BFI London Film Festival


The 59th BFI London Film Festival will open with Suffragette, a film about the ordinary British women at the turn of the last century who risked everything in the fight for equality and the right to vote.  The film will hold its European premiere on Wednesday October 7th, at Odeon Leicester Square and will be […]

Spy Premiere

Melissa McCarthy at Spy movie premiere in London

Spy is an action comedy film written and directed by Paul Feig and starring Melissa McCarthy, Jason Statham, Rose Byrne, Miranda Hart, Bobby Cannavale, Allison Janney, and Jude Law. In Spy, Susan Cooper (McCarthy) is an unassuming CIA analyst who is in love with her partner Bradley Fine (Law).  When Fine disappears and agent Rick […]

MCM London Comic Con 2015

MCM London Comic Con

by Paul Foxcroft Navigating your way to Comic Con is easier than you might think. I planned a route from my house, but instead just followed a group of people in their early twenties who were dressed as videogame characters. It’s probably less efficient, but more colourful than my initial idea; but from now on, […]

68th Cannes Film Festival


by Joanna Orland Cannes Film Festival (Festival de Cannes) is not only the most famous of film festivals, but it is also considered to be the most prestigious in the world.  From my extensive experience, I am fairly certain that it is also one of the largest. Boasting a fine selection of films in various […]

Cannes Film Festival: Competition Winners Announced

Cannes by day.

  Palme d’Or Dheepan (dir Jacques Audiard)   Grand Prix Son of Saul (dir László Nemes)   Prix de la mise en scène (Best Director) Hou Hsiao-Hsien (The Assassin)   Prix d’interprétation féminine (Best Actress) Emmanuelle Bercot (Mon roi) and Rooney Mara (Carol)   Prix d’interprétation masculine (Best Actor) Vincent Lindon (Measure of a Man) […]

Cannes Film Festival: An Open Secret


Directed by Amy Berg by Joanna Orland Labeling An Open Secret as “the movie Hollywood doesn’t want you to see” is more than sensationalism, it is truth.  Having been rejected by various film festivals and struggling towards its imminent 20-cities release, the documentary by Oscar-nominated director Amy Berg is treading a fine line by taking […]

Cannes Film Festival: Inside Out


Directed by Peter Docter Starring Amy Poehler, Phyllis Smith, Bill Hader, Lewis Black, Mindy Kaling, Kaitlyn Dias, Diane Lane, Kyle MacLachlan and Richard Kind by Joanna Orland Never has sadness been so joyful. In Pixar’s latest film Inside Out, emotions rule the mind.  Joy, Sadness, Fear, Anger and Disgust live inside young Riley’s head.  Each […]