Mr Turner

Timothy Spall, Dorothy Atkinson, Paul Jesson, Marion Bailey Dir. Mike Leigh If you’re going to make a film about the life of JMW Turner you’re under pressure to get the cinematography right. (How else will you do justice to the art of the subject.) In this respect Ken Loach’s Mr Turner delivers. And it’s not … More Mr Turner

Why I Listen to Trance

At the risk of tempting fate I’m going to predict something: I’ll be struck by lightning before my brain falls to bits. Why? Because of euphoric trance. And before you start shouting ‘it’s uplifting trance, moron’ I couldn’t care less what you call it. I’m sticking with euphoric because uplifting trance sounds like a geological … More Why I Listen to Trance

Troll Hunter (2010)

Otto Jespersen, Hans Morten Hansen, Johanna Morck, Tomas Alf Larsen Dir. Andre Ovredal Are you one of those people who finds it hard to believe in the weirder things in life? Things such as werewolves, vampires, ghouls . . . trolls? If the film Troll Hunter doesn’t convince you once and for all that such … More Troll Hunter (2010)

Raven Rants – guide to the British general election

With only days to go Toten Herzen’s number one fangirl Raven (real name [REDACTED]) gives you a guide to the British general election. I hate my life. And a lot of it is because of politicians meddling and scheming and turning everything upside down. But give them credit, every five years they let us decide … More Raven Rants – guide to the British general election

Supporting Valencia

You might not be interested in football (and let’s just pause here to remind our non-European friends it is football, not soccer), but Spanish side Valencia have in recent years transcended the sport to such a degree even die-hard football haters would sit up and take notice. Settled on Spain’s Mediterranean coast, Valencia Club de … More Supporting Valencia

Partners In Crime

Andre Dussollier, Catherine Frot Dir. Pascal Thomas Dussollier is a rare kind of actor; one comfortable and effective in both serious and comedy roles. Daniel Auteuil and Fabrice Luchini are two who come instantly to mind, but there are others. I first came across the mad side of Dussollier in the film Tanguy, where in … More Partners In Crime

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013)

Jennifer Lawrence, Donald Sutherland, Woody Harrelson, Stanley Tucci, Josh Hutcherson Dir. Francis Lawrence When I heard the news that the second novel in the Hunger Games series was being filmed I groaned inwardly. Don’t get me wrong, the first film was good, surprisingly good, but the idea that you could take Jennifer Lawrence and associated … More The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013)