An often explored topic on British screens is the cultural divide between the upper and the lower classes, the economic hardship it creates and the negativity that emerges out of desperation for those in need. Based on the Oscar Wilde story of the same name, “The Selfish Giant” produces an impassioned and sophisticated insight into such struggle.
England’s unlikely television hero Paul Potts shocked the nation after winning “Britain’s Got Talent” in 2007, overcoming his unconventional appearance and stage fright to claim the lucrative prize and David Frankel’s unusual decision to cinematise his story leaves me with a feeling of hesitancy.
One always wonders whether the members of the Hollywood “Frat Pack” will ever break out of their formulaic brand of barely palatable yet highly profitable American comedy and the question regarding this latest release: Is Vince Vaughn’s ‘Delivery Man’ something different?
Richard Curtis, the man behind hit British rom-coms such as Love Actually, Notting Hill, and Bridget Jones’s Diary, delivers what would seem a complex film about time travel on the exterior but is actually a thoughtful and warm-hearted romance. MIGHT CONTAIN SPOILERS.
A plethora of Hollywood talent is in abundance in Villeneuve’s latest production and yet it’s only Academy Award nomination was for lesser category ‘Cinematography’. This is a definite snub for a crime mystery executed in masterful proportions.
Predominantly the purpose of a documentary is to influence or persuade and having seen “The Act of Killing”, I now feel privileged through circumstance not to have been born into the corrupt mess that is Indonesia. This exquisite and intelligent portrayal of “robbers with ties” institution: the ‘Pancasila Youth’ army was the only true shock at this year’s Oscars, implausibly beaten by “20 Feet from Stardom”.
On the surface Zachary Heinzerling’s documentary follows the lives of a Japanese couple settled in New York but a study of a relationship based on artistic passion and talent is also present.