Scott Cooper has made an impressive body of work as a director over the last decade, starting with Crazy Heart. His heart is clearly in the downbeat auteur-led films of the '70s, which can be a difficult direction for a director in today's climate of studio tentpole films. As a result, Hostiles was financed by independent investors, … Continue reading Blu-Ray Review – Hostiles
YOU'RE TEARING ME APART LEEDS! After the huge success of James Franco’s Oscar-nominated The Disaster Artist and two weeks of sell-out screenings in London at the start of the year; RAD Screenings are bringing Greg Sestero, the star of The Room and the writer of The Disaster Artist: My Life Inside The Room, to Leeds! … Continue reading Best F(r)iends & The Room – Plus Q&A with Greg Sestero at Hyde Park Picture House!
The Awful Truth was the first film to really show the world the persona Cary Grant carefully created for himself. It was a delicious mixture of debonair demeanour and a sense of never taking himself too seriously. However, like most performers Grant was a complicated individual with numerous neuroses, and rumours about his sexuality were constant … Continue reading Blu-Ray Review – The Awful Truth
Until now, The Touch had been one of the hardest to find of the films directed by Ingmar Bergman. I've always had an ambivalence towards his films, preferring those that have elements of surrealism in them like Persona or Hour of the Wolf over his dramatic chamber pieces. He also has always come off as an insufferable … Continue reading Blu-Ray Review – The Touch
La Chinoise is the first of Godard's flat-out Maoist diatribes against the bourgeoisie and "American imperialism," and it's undeniably his best and most watchable of these. At this point Godard was becoming increasingly insufferable as a human being and a filmmaker because he adopted this comical understanding of Maoism. This era is brilliantly depicted in the woefully underrated Redoubtable, which … Continue reading Blu-Ray Review – La Chinoise