REVIEW: NANNY CULTURE (2016)

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 Director/Writer: Paul James Driscoll | Producer(s): Alyazia Bint Nahyan, Mazen Alkhayrat | Cast/’contributors’: Julie C. Mcilvenny, the Mohammed Al Hammadi family

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REVIEW: AN ENTANGLEMENT

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Director: Dylan Sandford | Writer: Yancy Berns| Producer: | Cast: Shiri Appleby; Gary Wolf and Sean Bell

Short film. It’s perhaps one of the hardest formats in the film and TV industry – be it independent or with a mainstream studio backing – nothing can take away from the stronghold limitations that time vs content presents. Dylan Sanford’s An Entanglement, is a brilliant example of  the good that can come about when the above constraints are mastered impressively.

When a strange man (Sean Bell) approaches Violet (Shiri Appleby) in a conspicuously public place, he makes a shocking reveal: he has been hired by her seemingly loving husband, Rick (Gary Wolf) to murder her. But the man offers Violet an alternative: pay double the rate and the man will redirect the contract back on her plotting spouse. Presented with this information, will she choose self-preservation at the cost of everything she knows? And how can she truly trust this man? Where will this deadly liaison end?

It’s a thriller, with plenty of thrills and an injection of dark humour due to the absurd divisiveness between the characters in the story. Do married couples really get to a point of wanting to kill each other? Of course, but perhaps not since Ashley Judd’s thriller Double Jeopardy (1999) has this theme been explored.

The ‘funny’ comes through the matter-of-fact, droll open discussions between the hit-man and Violet, the jilted wife and, later on, the hit-man and Violet’s despicable husband, Rick. In one diner scene between Violet and the hit-man there’s a familiarity in the vibe conjured up  that harks back to Tarantino’s earlier films.  It’s a frank execution: a brutal character exposition on human psyche through talking between the mysterious hitman and his clients. Another subtly satirical exchange takes place in the couples marital home, with Rick who launches in to a number of peculiar questions, that even the hit-man thinks is odd.  

There are small moments of normality slotted in, such as Violet’s cold call to husband Rick in the car with a rug in the seat next to her; it’s a jarring but polarising window into the acute situation running parallel to her suburban life. This twisted and ultimately sad car crash of a relationship is somewhat oddly enjoyable to watch. 

find the official trailer here :  vimeo.com/145419528

 

 

 

AMAR AKBAR & TONY | 2015

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Director: Atul Malhotra | Cast: Rez Kempton, Sam Vincenti, Martin Delaney, Karen David, Laura Aikman with Meera Syal and Nina Wadia 

With over 1.4 million indian Punjabis in the UK, Indian cinema was always destined to thrive on British shores. But it’s been close to three decades that the British Indian-diaspora of filmmakers have taken hold of western audiences and gained consistent critical acclaim for being able to open its doors to film lovers from various backgrounds. Indian cinema in the UK, unlike other subcultures, has managed to successfully navigate the line between what it means to be British whilst staying authentically Indian.

Cinematic wonders such as East is East, Bend it Like Beckham, Anita and Me et al are to name a few – but it’s been close to a decade since the real big Brit-Indian flick took ahold of the nation’s audiences. Continue reading

RAINDANCE WATCH 2015 | DIGITAL DISSIDENTS

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Director:Cyril Tuschi | Writers:Georg Tschurtschenthaler
Cyril Tuschi | Contributors: Julian Assange, Edward Snowden, Thomas Drake, Daniel Ellsberg.

Whistleblower: a noun synonymous today with the likes Julian Assange, Edward Snowden and more recently, Jeremy Hammond. Activists, journalists, risk-takers – people like you and I, with genuine convictions to expose the underhand tactics of the organisations that, we’re told, are set up to protect our human rights, our privacy. Hijacked and spun continuously through media sensationalism, to explain away the altogether much sinister, complex and in a lot of cases incomprehensible violations, the whistleblower is no longer a faceless prerequisite to bringing about a cause, it’s a way of securing a fate as public enemy number one, on a global scale.

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MY OLD LADY.

My Old Lady.

National release: November 21st Rating:(12A)Run time: 107 mins

Director:Israel Horovitz Writer(s):Israel Horovitz Cast:Kevin Kline, Kristin Scott Thomas, Dominique Pinon and Maggie Smith

A down and out New-York writer inherits an apartment in Paris from his estranged and recently deceased father. Believing he’s found the answer to pull him out of his financial rut, he arrives in the fair city with the intentions to sell up and move out. There’s only one stipulation, Mathilde Girard, and old lady who is already residing there –  and by French real estate law, there’s nothing he can do about it. Continue reading