Spuds – Assembly Roxy

Written & Directed by Andy McGregor Musical Direction by Gavin Whitworth ★★★★★ Overcoming loss is a painful and elaborate process. For some, it can take years to recover from the impact, and the ripples of shock never fade. Often a form of comfort is found at the bottom of a bottle or something less savoury. … Continue reading Spuds – Assembly Roxy

Here Are The Young Men – Review

https://youtu.be/yj5DP6rqyN4 Directed by Eion Macken Ireland USA/ 2020/96 mins ★★ Unable to separate itself from the distinctly obvious inspirations of Danny Boyle’s Trainspotting, Here Are The Young Men lowers the age of the principal cast and centres on three lads finishing school and emerging into the cruel and waiting world. The transgression of youth is a staple of cinematic … Continue reading Here Are The Young Men – Review

Crisis – Review

https://youtu.be/36ACqc0OHGQ Written & Directed by Nicholas Jarecki Canada, Belgium/ 2021/ 118 mins ★★★ The shrapnel of drug abuse and the institutional capitalism surrounding pharmaceuticals has a far-reaching and profoundly dangerous reach. Loosely teasing the strings of genuine incidents with a fictional “non-addictive” painkiller, Nicholas Jarecki‘s Crisis ticks the boxes of respectable casting in Gary Oldman and Evangeline Lily and comes with an … Continue reading Crisis – Review

Mama Weed – French Film Festival

https://youtu.be/VxJ64hB0G_I Directed by Jean-Paul Salomé France / 2020 / 104 mins ★★★ Drugs are a colossal issue in the city of Paris. Harmless but woefully inept, Chief Phillipe seems to fall at every hurdle whenever he comes close to capturing his target. And without his underpaid, undervalued translator, the police are simply playing catch-up with … Continue reading Mama Weed – French Film Festival

Ice Poison – Taiwanese Film Festival

https://youtu.be/hN6gA9obKxw Written & Directed by Midi Z Taiwan / 2014 / 95 mins ★★ Burmese director Midi Z latest film is a socially conscious remark on the two options facing the poor – both of which risk your life. One is to risk breaking your body with labour, amidst endless hours working for a pittance. The other … Continue reading Ice Poison – Taiwanese Film Festival