Saturday, 5 April 2014

Lucy (2014)

Director: Luc Besson

Principal Cast: Scarlett Johansson, Morgan Freeman

I love Luc Besson's films. They are quite silly at times but so enjoyable. Leon: The Professional and The Fifth Element being two of my favourites.

In this Sci fi a woman accidentally caught in drug trafficking transforms into a 'super' human after the drugs that have been planted inside her leak and allow her too use over 80% of her brain capacity. Silly but good.

Palo Alto (2013)

Director: Gia Coppola

Cast: Emma Roberts, James Franco, Val Kilmer

Based on the short stories of James Franco this is a dark drama about a group of teens.

Ida (2013)

Director: Pawel Pawlikowski

Cast: Agata Kuleska, Agata Trzebuchowska

In this Polish drama, Anna, a noviciate nun in 1960s Poland is on the verge of taking her vows when she discovers a dark family secret dating back to the years of Nazi Occupation.

The Drop (2014)

Director: Michaël R Roskam

Principal Cast: Tom Hardy, Noomi Rapace, James Gandolfini

Bob (Tom Hardy) finds himself at the centre of a robbery gone wrong. This is the last film appearance of James Gandolfini.

Hateship Loveship (2013)

Director: Liza Johnson

Cast: Kristen Wiig, Guy Pearce, Hailee Stansfield, Nick Nolte

A teenage girl orchestrates a romance between her nanny and her addict father.

Blue Ruin (2013)

Director: Jeremy Saulnier

Cast: Macon Blair, Amy Hargreaves

An outsider's quiet life is turned upside down when he returns to his childhood home to carry out vengeance.

The Signal (2014)

Director: William Eubank

Cast: Sarah Clarke, Laurence Fishburne

In this Sci-fi a group of college students lured to the middle of the desert by a hacker.

Tom at the Farm (2013)

Directed: Xavier Dolan

Cast: Xavier Dolan, Pierre-Yves Cardinal

In this French thriller a grieving man meets his lover's family who were not aware of their son's sexual orientation.

Wake in Fright (1971)

It is the 40th Anniversary of the Australian classic Wake in Fright which is being re-released in UK.

In Wake in Fright, John Grant, a teacher arrives in the rough Australian outback mining town planning to stay overnight before starting his holiday…

Directed: Ted Kotcheff

Cast: Donald Pleasance, Gary Bond, Jack Thompson

The Past (2013)

Directed: Asghar Farhadi

Cast: Bérénice Bejo, Tahar Rahim, Ali Mosaffa

This French film is about an Iranian man who deserts his French wife and her two children to return to his homeland. Four years later he returns after his wife seeks a divorce and has in the meantime begun a new relationship.

Finding Vivian Maier (2013)

Last year I discovered a book that contained photographs taken by Vivian Maier a nanny in the US. The photographs are stunning, but what made this intriguing was that the photos she had taken were never developed during her lifetime. She liked taking photos but never developed them.

Finding Vivian is a documentary on the nanny whose cache of 100,000 photographs earned her a posthumous reputation as one of the most accomplished street photographers. I can't wait to see this.

Directed by John Maloof and Charlie Siskel.

The Trip to Italy (2014)

Director: Michael Winterbottom

Cast: Rob Brydon, Steve Coogan

I don't usually add trailers for TV shows but I really loved the first Trip series with Rob Brydon and Steve Coogan around the UK. This time they do a road trip around Italy. Here's a clip of what to expect…

The latest X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014) trailer

A few months ago I posted a teaser for the latest instalment in the X-Men franchise. Here is the latest official trailer…