Category Archives: Comedy

The Grand Budapest Hotel

Wes Anderson does it again! The Grand Budapest Hotelis as quirky as film as any, and stuffed full of wit and humour, all delivered by a fine ensemble cast of Anderson favourites (Bill Murray, Tilda Swinton, Owen Wilson, Bob Balaban, Jason Schwatrzman, with the addition of a hugely camp, as-you-have-never-seen-him-before Ralph Fiennes.  I had no idea he […]

Inside Llewyn Davis

The Coen Brothers are back in town but, alas, not on tip-top form. This is indisputably a clever film, artistically-speaking, with a great original, live, soundtrack, fine performances, and a show-stealing cat (well, five of them in fact). It has all the hallmarks of Coen movies with moody cinematography and an allegorical plot. It is […]

Her

The curse of cancer strikes! We arrived late as I had inadvertently booked the tickets for the day before, something I have never done even in this online era – maybe it was a message that it’s not a perfect world in Spike Jonze’s cyberspace. Thank you nice Everyman for giving us club seats all […]

Last Vegas

I did not like The Hangover, did not see Bucket List, so I was surprised by how much I enjoyed Last Vegas. 

This is story about the Flatbush Four, a gang of Brooklyn tear-aways, 50 years on, reunited to celebrate Billy’s impending Las Vegas nuptials to a plastic babe, 30 years his junior. For this is, as the four quip […]

Blue Jasmine

I admit I was taken by surprise when I saw Blue Jasmine.  The bush telegraph drums – yes, dear reader, I was in Africa with no wi-fi, internet or even phone –had extolled the virtues of the new Woody, so on return I rushed to see it, taking mother-in-law who needed cheering up.

Oh dear! Thinking it would […]

I Give it a Year

What is it with RomComs?  Every time I come away disappointed. I Give it a Year tempted me however, first, because it was an English film (dreams of a new Four Weddings) and, second, because it has some fine actors – Jane Asher, Minnie Driver and man-of-the moment Ralph Spall. But I should have been alerted by the […]

Sightseers

At last! An award-winning British film, this time the third by Ben Wheatley, who already has two low-budget black comedy/thrillers under his belt, Down Terraceand Kill List.British through and through, even the screenplay is written by its two co-stars Alice Lowe and Steve Oram. Their performances as a result are utterly convincing and give new meaning to […]

I Wish

Disappointed by Lincoln and thus eschewing Hollywood ‘ought to see’ currents like Tarantino, Bigelow and even Les Mis(never!) my eye chanced upon I Wish (thanks for the tip Peter Bradshaw).

Originally commissioned by a marketing company to celebrate the launch of the new Kyuushuu bullet trains, the film’s opening was timed to symbolise the regeneration of Japan following the devastating […]

Vicky Christina Barcelona

The talk on the street is that Woody Allen has lost his touch since coming to Europe – this is his fourth film shot over here, but that Vicky Cristina Barcelona shows signs of returning to form. The last Woody Allen film I saw was Melinda and Melinda (2004) and before that Mighty Aphrodite in […]