68th Cannes Film Festival: The Sea Of Trees

The Sea Of Trees

Leon Nicholson’s coverage of Cannes Film Festival continues with a look at The Sea Of Trees starring Matthew McConaughey, Naomi Watts and Ken Watanabe. A movie with the combined talents of Gus Van Sant, Matthew McConaughey, Naomi Watts and Ken Watanabe sounds exciting – it’s a film that should get the Pavlovs’ dogs of the critic world salivating – but does it? So is The... Read More

68th Cannes Film Festival: Inside Out

Inside Out

Leon Nicholson’s coverage of Cannes Film Festival continues with Pixar’s latest offering Inside Out with the voice talents of Amy Poehler, Bill Hader and Lewis Black. Pixar has followed up Monsters’ University with Inside Out, another animated offering that is bound to be a sure fire hit. Will the quality of Inside Out ensure that the Box Office will adopted it as its darling... Read More

68th Cannes Film Festival: The Lobster

The Lobster

Leon Nicholson’s coverage of Cannes Film Festival continues with a look at the quirky comedy The Lobster starring Colin Farrell, Rachel Weisz and Olivia Colman. Despite being one of those actors that regularly finds himself in big Hollywood productions, Colin Farrell is not afraid to try something out of the box. In his best role to date, the superb In Bruges had lower production... Read More

Film Documentary – The Passion of Rugby: The Ground We Won

The Ground We Won is an excellent new documentary that focuses on the lives of a typical local community in New Zealand. The characters are simple folk, but have two real obsessions in life. These are farming and agriculture, and of course rugby union. The two directors, Christopher Pryor and Miriam Smith, lived out in the rural town of Reporoa for a year as they aimed for a niche... Read More

68th Cannes Film Festival: Il Racconto dei Racconti (Tale Of Tales)

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Leon Nicholson’s coverage of 68th Cannes Film Festival continues with a look at Il Racconto dei Racconti (Tale Of Tales) starring Salma Hayek, Toby Jones and Vincent Cassell. As the film viewing public have come to expect, fantasy movies based on fairy-tales usually go down the dark, bleak path aimed towards adults rather than the clean child friendly offerings. Just because a... Read More

68th Cannes Film Festival: Mad Max: Fury Road

Mad Max

Leon Nicholson takes a look at Mad Max: Fury Road starring Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron and Nicholas Hoult. Just when you thought the Mad Max universe could not get any more insane, up crops George Miller who ups the ante and gives us a movie that Michael Bay could only ever dream of making. Let’s think about Miller for one moment. He directed and wrote the previous Mad Max movies,... Read More

68th Cannes Film Festival: La Tête Haute (Standing Tall)

Standing Tall

Leon Nicholson takes a look at Standing Tall – the opening movie of the 68th Cannes Film Festival. Standing Tall is a slightly odd choice to open up the world’s premier film festival but with this being a French movie with France’s first lady (in the form of Catherine Deneuve) as one of the leads then this should not really come as any surprise. Standing Tall is also a... Read More

Race Relations: A Time To Kill

A Time To Kill

The Race Relations feature continues with Dawn Dabell looking at A Time To Kill starring Matthew McConaughey, Samuel L. Jackson and Kevin Spacey. Once again, Race Relations looks at a film adapted from a novel, in this instance the 1989 novel from top crime author John Grisham – A Time To Kill. Other Grisham books had been successfully adapted for the big screen – The Firm... Read More

68th Cannes Film Festival: The Ups And Downs of Cannes

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Do you want to know how to enjoy Cannes Film Festival? Leon Nicholson tongue-in-cheek look sheds some light on the goings on, and what is needed to survive the festival. So, as I type this on my brand new computer (bought in time for this year’s festival as my old one begins to enter its final days), I cannot help feeling like I am a seasoned pro. Of course I’m not –... Read More

This Is Not A Woman’s Picture: SS Experiment Love Camp (1976)

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This Is Not A Woman’s Picture continues with Dawn Dabell looking at  SS Experiment Love Camp starring Patrizia Melega and Giorgio Cerioni. This month we take our first outing into the depraved world of “Nazisploitation”, which was a popular sub-genre among some film fans. Similar to the ‘women-in-prison’ cycle, these films up the levels of sex and violence. The sub-genre... Read More