Directed by Award Winning documentary film maker, Harold Crook’s, the subject matter of The Price We Pay is big-business tax avoidance.
Covering both the history and present day reality, Google and Starbucks are just two of the corporations featured in harbouring profits in offshore havens.
I’m looking forward to two things. First, learning more about the real effects of the practice and second, watching the legal and financial representatives of large corporations feel the heat when their apparently immoral practices are brought to question.
Directed by Nahla Al Fahad, Mazen al Khayrat and Ovidio Salazar, The Tainted Veil is an exploration of the History of the hijab (traditional muslim head scarf), it’s meaning and place in modern society today.
In a debate featuring various guests and extraordinary stories, I’m hoping that The Tainted Veil will leave all who watch it better informed and with greater understanding.
Release Date (s): December 17th 2015 (US), June 15th 2015 (UK)
The music and cinematography in Youth are the first things you’ll notice. Then comes the the dialogue and highly accomplished acting talent in the shape of Michael Caine, Harvey Keitel, Jane Fonda, Rachel Weisz and Paul Dano.
Youth reminds me of part of the reason why film is such a great love of mine. How through film, all the different forms of artistic expression can come together and be enjoyed, all in one place and in a whole new way.
As I would advise anyone before viewing a movie, watch only when you’re in the right mood for a particular genre of film. I fear that should you not be in the mood for the drama/ non-action/ non-thriller that Youth is, you may judge it unfairly.
Youth is the type of film that will likely leave you with plenty to think about; from what constitutes a good friendship, the cost of becoming one of the best in your field, to the things in life that drive us and the unexpected outcomes of the friendships / relationships in our lives.
There is so much to take in that by the end you’ll get the feeling that another viewing needs to happen soon if not immediately. The film is two hours long so immediately is probably not the best way to go.
Youth is wise and smart. It is funny in parts, though not a comedy. It’s also officially my favourite favourite Michael Caine film.
I loved this movie but embarrassingly, I knew very little of accomplished Italian writer / director Paolo Sorrentino’s work. I’ve since reviewed his filmography and The Great Beauty (2013) is now on my watch list.
Time for me to think about when best to visit Switzerland, for the visual feast that is Youth definitely has me sold.
Child 44 is a Stalin-era Soviet Union crime thriller directed by Daniel Espinosa.
Based on Tom Rob Smith’s best-selling book of the same name; Tom Hardy, Gary Oldman, Noomi Rapace, Vincent Cassel and Joel Kinnaman are the stars.
My main motivation for watching the movie isn’t reading the book because I haven’t, but the intriguing story, particularly Hardy’s role as a determined investigator of a series of gruesome child murders. Murders that are taking place during a time when the powers that be refuse to admit that murder is even a real thing.
I wanted Child 44 to be as thrilling as the trailer hinted, however, I did find myself wishing for a quicker pace, a shorter film, less distracting accents and an overall better / more thrilling execution.
All the lacking elements aside, Hardy’s performance is good and one of my favourite things about the film. The other is the ending and the tension filled scene on the moving train.
You may be compelled to watch Child 44 because you’ve read the book and/ or you’re a Tom Hardy fan who wants to see how he was able to deliver a notable physical and emotional performance, in spite of the questionable Russian accents. To that I say, follow your curiosity. I did and I have no regrets, I just simply wish that the general result had been better.
Halloween is close and so it’s time for something scary and dark…
Directed by Jason Krawczyk, He Never Died is a drama/ horror/ comedy, which means that laughing soon after a hearty scream is probable. Just as well since I’m always more likely to watch a scary movie if comedy is also a factor. There’s really no other way I’d have been convinced to see the rather brilliant American Psyco (2000), and more recently The Voices (2014).
Henry Rollins, Steve Ogg, Booboo Stewart and Chantal Craig are the stars of what looks like a refreshingly different story.