Sports show humanity at our best and worst. On the one hand, they provide an insight into what people can achieve with perseverance and dedication, and on the other, they show how competition can drive us to behave unconscionably (look ...Read More »
Eddie the Eagle: The important thing is not to win, but to take part
There’s no denying this film is trying to recapture the feel-good glory of Cool Runnings – the events it ‘depicts’ (in the loosest of terms, there’s much of the film that is invented or altered for dramatic reasons) even happened ...Read More »
The Big Short: We live in an era of fraud in America
Here’s something of an irony. The Big Short is a film about how a large structure comes crashing down because its constituent parts turn out to be worthless. The Big Short is also a film in which the structure succeeds ...Read More »
Spotlight: They knew and they let it happen
Spotlight is another of the major awards contenders this year, having won acclamation from critic organisations and festivals around the globe. It is one of the more conventional outings in the already formally conservative Best Picture category, but I am ...Read More »
Legend: Do You Think We Look Alike?
The Kray Twins have been committed to screen once again. The notorious East End gangsters who courted the world of glitz and glamour in the 60s whilst running their criminal outfit The Firm are often seen as ripe TV and ...Read More »
Foxcatcher: Coach is the father. Coach is a mentor.
Foxcatcher is a film with a lot of pedigree. Director Bennett Miller has ample chops with Capote and Moneyball under his belt; Mark Ruffalo is a redoubtable casting choice; and since Magic Mike, Channing Tatum has been setting himself up ...Read More »