Review: Moomins On The Riviera (2014)


Neatly timed to coincide with currently under way Cannes Film Festival, Moomins On The Riviera – based on Tove Jansson’s beloved creations – takes the eccentric hippo-like creatures on vacation for a sweetly soft fantasy. Swapping the idyllic familiarity of Moomin Valley for the South of France, the Moomins – save Moominpappa and Snorkmaiden, who are swept up by the attention put upon them – attempt to fit into the celebrity-obsession lifestyle, creating mayhem wherever they turn. Continue reading “Review: Moomins On The Riviera (2014)”

Review: Behind The Candelabra (2013)

Behind The Candelabra

Fresh from Cannes where it competed for the prestigious Palme d’Or and its subsequent airing on American cable network HBO, Behind The Candelabra is presented as Steven Soderbergh’s final feature film. It’s undoubtedly a triumphant note for the director to end on, and will surely be celebrated – alongside Magic Mike and Side Effects – for its boldness as much as its authenticity and the emotional resonance it provokes. Continue reading “Review: Behind The Candelabra (2013)”

Why I Must See The Paperboy

The Paperboy

The Paperboy hasn’t exactly had the best life, yet it’s become all the more appealing because of it. Adapted from Pete Dexter’s 1995 novel of the same name by director Lee Daniels and Dexter himself, The Paperboy centres on Wade Jansen (Matthew McConaughey), a reporter who returns to his Florida hometown in order to investigate a murder case involving death row inmate, Hillary Van Wetter (John Cusack). Continue reading “Why I Must See The Paperboy”

Review: Laurence Anyways (2012)

Laurence Anyways

Québécois wunderkind Xavier Dolan returns to the fold with Laurence Anyways, a weighty and sprawling three-hour opus that picked up the Queer Palm award at this year’s Cannes Film Festival. Illustrating a marked improvement in substance over the writer-director’s previous efforts, Laurence Anyways takes its viewers on an intense emotional voyage as Laurence (Melvil Poupaud), a teacher, makes the tough decision to – in the narrow-minded 90‘s – follow his heart and reveal Continue reading “Review: Laurence Anyways (2012)”

Interview: Ken Loach And Cast Talk The Angels’ Share

To mark the release of Ken Loach’s Scottish-based dramedy The Angels’ Share, I was invited to Deanston Distillery, located a few miles outside of Stirling where most of the films interiors were set, to meet Loach, writer Paul Laverty and cast members Paul Brannigan, Jasmin Riggins, William Ruane, Siobhan Reilly and Gary Maitland.

The picturesque distillery provided an excellent location to chat to the attendees in three separate sittings: first with Riggins, Ruane, Reilly and Maitland about Continue reading “Interview: Ken Loach And Cast Talk The Angels’ Share”

U.K. Trailer For Cosmopolis

A Dangerous Method, despite its solid cast – Michael Fassbender, Keira Knightley and Viggo Mortensen – and controversial subject material, failed to entice audiences in the way most David Cronenberg films usually do.

It’s a relief, then, that his latest film, the mysteriously titled Cosmopolis, seems to pack everything in – from extreme violence to obscure surrealism – that one Continue reading “U.K. Trailer For Cosmopolis”

Cameron Diaz And Benicio Del Toro Team For Agent: Century 21

Cameron Diaz (Knight & Day) and Benicio Del Toro (The Wolfman) have signed on to star in action-thriller Agent: Century 21, The Hollywood Reporter has discovered.

The film, which will be produced and financed by Exclusive Media, tells of a recent divorcee (Diaz) who agrees to take on an unpleasant task for her boss in a Continue reading “Cameron Diaz And Benicio Del Toro Team For Agent: Century 21”

Xavier Dolan To Adapt Michel Marc Bouchard’s Tom À La Ferme

Xavier Dolan, the multi-faceted Québécois filmmaker behind critical successes I Killed My Mother and Heartbeats, has announced details of his fourth directorial effort, Twitch has reported.

Dolan will co-write and direct an adaptation of Michel Marc Bouchard’s famous play Tom À La Ferme. Apparently, he saw a version of the play in Montreal last year and instantly fell in love, to the point where he approached Bouchard about Continue reading “Xavier Dolan To Adapt Michel Marc Bouchard’s Tom À La Ferme”

Isabelle Huppert Joins Dead Man Down

Isabelle Huppert (I Heart Huckabees) has landed a supporting role in Dead Man Down, Deadline has revealed.

Huppert, who will next be seen in two Cannes-bound films: Michael Haneke’s Amour (Love) and Hong Sang-Soo’s In Another Country, will star opposite Colin Farrell (Fright Night), Noomi Rapace (Babycall), Dominic Cooper (An Education) and Terrence Howard (Crash) in the crime-thriller.

The film, which is scheduled to shoot in May, centers on a crime lord’s right hand Continue reading “Isabelle Huppert Joins Dead Man Down”

New Wave Films Acquires Tabu & Caesar Must Die For U.K. Distribution

New Wave Films have acquired the U.K. distribution rights to Berlinale award-winners and critical hits Tabu and Caesar Must Die, reports CineUropa.

Written and directed by Miguel Gomes, Tabu, an enshrouded examination of a self-centred woman named Aurora, became the talk of the festival for its new-fangled narrative, sublime use of cinematography and terrific performances.

Tabu stars Teresa Madruga, Laura Soveral, Ana Moreira, Henrique Espirito Santo and Carloto Cotta. It’s Gomes’ third feature film, and has been adorned by Continue reading “New Wave Films Acquires Tabu & Caesar Must Die For U.K. Distribution”