TIME OF HER LIFE

0.25 out of 10

REVIEW COMING SOON

Release date: 5th May 2008 (DVD premiere)

Director: Steven M Smith (Red Army Hooligans / Haunted 5 / Huanted 4 / Haunted 3 / Haunted 2 / The Howling (2017) / The Dollmaker / Borstal /   Invasion Earth / I Am Hooligan / Essex Boys – Law of Survival / Hooligans At War / Haunted (2013))

Cast: Laura Penneycard, Geoff Shaw, Colin Bower, Rob Pheby, David Farrington, Jeremy Hill, Dominic Fowler, Nicola Freeman-Wright, Paul Agar and Steven M Smith

Writer: Steven M Smith

Trailer: TIME OF HER LIFE

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A THOUSAND KISSES DEEP

3 out of 10

REVIEW COMING SOON

Release date: 15th June 2012 (DVD premiere)

Director: Dana Lustig

Cast: Jodie Whittaker, Dougray Scott, Emilia Fox, David Warner, Eloise Barnes, Charlotte Lucas, Julian Rivett, Stuart Martin, with Allan Corduner and Jonathan Slinger

Writer: Alex Kustanovich & Vadim Moldovan

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WHAT HAVE I SEEN THAT ACTOR IN BEFORE?

  • Jodie Whittaker: Dr Who (TV), Journeyman, Adult Life Skills, Broadchurch (TV), Get Santa, Hello Carter, Black Sea, Ashes, Spike IslandGood Vibrations, Attack The Block, One Day, The Kid (2010), St. Trinians, Venus
  • Dougray Scott: London Town, The Rezort, Snatch (TV), Fear The Walking Dead (TV), Taken 3, Tiger House, The Last Passenger, Dr Who (TV), Death Race 3, My Week With Marilyn, Love’s Kitchen, United, New Town Killers, Hitman, Desperate Housewives
  • Emilia Fox: Mum’s List, The Carer, Silent Witness (TV), Trap For Cinderella, Suspension of Disbelief, Merlin (TV), Dorian Gray, Flashbacks of a Fool, Cashback, Keeping Mum, Life and Death of Peter Sellers, The Pianist, Randall & Hopkirk Deceased (TV), Pride and Prejudice (TV)
  • David Warner: Mary Poppins Returns, Ripper Street (TV), Wallander (TV), Penny Dreadful, Black Death, Dr Who (TV), The League Of Gentlemen’s Apocalypse, Ladies In Lavender, Planet Of The Apes (2001), Scream 2, Titanic, Money Talks, The Leading Man, In The Mouth Of Madness, Star Trek 6 – The Undiscovered Country, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2, Twin Peaks (TV), Star Trek 5 – The Final Frontier, Tron, The Omen (1976), Time Bandits, Little Malcolm, Straw Dogs (1971)
  • Charlotte Lucas: Broadchurch (TV), Bad Girls (TV), Eastenders (TV)
  • Julian Rivett: Outpost
  • Stuart Martin: Jamestown (TV), Slow West, Babylon (TV)
  • Allan Corduner: Florence Foster Jenkins, Homeland (TV), Woman In Gold, The Sweeney, Burke and Hare, We’ll Take Manhattan, The Waiting Room, Defiance, Me Without You, The Imposters, Topsy Turvy
  • Jonathan Slinger: Bait (2015), Still

TRESPASS AGAINST US

5 out of 10

Release date: 3rd March 2017

Director: Adam Smith (Litte Dorrit (TV))

cast: Michael Fassbender, Brendan Gleeson, Lyndsey Marshal, Rory Kinnear, Georgie Smith, Killian Scott, Barry Keoghan, Gerard Kearns, Tony Way, Kingsley Ben-Adir, Alan Williams, Anna Calder-Marshall, Ezra Khan, Anastasia Hille, Billy Cook with Peter Wight, Mark Lewis Jones and Sean Harris

Writer: Alistair Siddons

Trailer: TRESPASS AGAINST US

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Imagine Tom Cruise playing a shopkeeper, or Jack Nicholson playing a supermarket security guard…. Well maybe you can, but here’s my point. Ever seen a film where a low-key film is overbalanced by high-profile movie stars? Trespass Against Us is such a film. With lower paid character actors in the main roles this may have worked better, but with the presence Irish superstar actors Michael Fassbender (300) and Brendan Gleeson (HAMPSTEAD), our expectations are indeed higher, yet it fails to live up to them. Both the actors are fine, but not once are we convinced that we’re seeing flesh and blood characters. There’s not a single authentic moment in this whole drama and that’s sadly down to the star quality of the actors.

The story of three generations of travellers in the English countryside, Colby (GLEESON) is a feared gypsy king, who has no fear for the law, and views anything to do the ‘establishment / gorgies’ with suspiscion, especially schools and the police. As a result, he never sent his son Chad, (FASSBENDER) to school, and brought him up to be a career criminal like himself. Chad had married a non-traveller, Kelly (LYNDSEY MARSHAL – THE FORGOTTEN) and now has young children. The 7-year old Tyson (GEORGIE SMITH) is falling under the grandfather’s influence and it causes tension and fights in the family causing Chad to want to breakaway and give his children the life choices he was denied. Meanwhile, the police are hot on the family’s heels for a string of crimes Colby and his family, and gang have committed in the area.

Chad’s character is either complex or incoherently written. As a moral compass, the needle is bent. He’s all for trying to influence his son away from the life his grandfather wants for everybody, but he all too quickly reverts to brutality himself. He humiliates the camp’s mentally disabled lunatic Worzel (SEAN HARRIS – THE GOOB) by tipping emulsion paint all over him, and he kills a police dog beloved of his arch-enemy.  Yet, he’s a good father that will stop at nothing to spoil or protect his family from harm. Fassbender, plays the role too broadly here – he has often shown himself to be great and exciting actor, and he has no problem in the main with accents (here he’s got a West Country brogue) except for in the X-Men. This role isn’t a good fit for him though, as the conflicts that him seem to roll away, when the script and plot say otherwise. It’s almost like he’s bored, or above the material. Brendan Gleeson is similarly out of touch in a role that requires gravity and worthiness. The film convey’s no sense of history between the characters and sadly, this well made, potentially interesting story comes across like an expensive game of make-believe for fantastic actors, slumming it to kill time and fill a hole in their schedule until they are required for the next Prometheus sequel.

Shame as it’s nice to see these big guys take on smaller interesting projects, only this time, the actors have forgotten what it’s like to be an ‘ordinary’ guy.

5 out of 10 – Miscast, kind of cliched and out of touch with the real world. This needed to be gritty and gripping. When in fact, it’s just standard and makes do.

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TIN

3 out of 10

Release date: 17th April 2015

Director: Bill Scott

Cast: Jenny Agutter, Helen Bendell, Ben Dyson, Dean Nolan, Stuart Boother, Jason Squibb, Benjamin Luxon and Dudley Sutton

Writer: Bill Scott

Trailer: TIN

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An unusual import from Kernow this ‘ere film Tin. Whilst it’s not the am-dram shocker you might expect to see like Draw On Sweet Night, this is a flawed but noble effort to deliver something a bit different. Definitely a film about Cornwall, for Cornish folk, made in the main by a Cornish theatre group, Tin tells the story of the tin mine Wheal Fortune and what happens when the owners try to swindle the bank out of some money. The scam backfires when the shares are unwittingly bought back by a meddling do-gooder.  Elsewhere, a young girl Nell (HELEN BLENDELL) decides whether her heart belongs with a local clergy man (JASON SQUIBB – POLDARK) or a travelling actor (STUART BOOTHER – DEAD OF THE NITE). Her master is the captain of the mine, (BEN DYSON – BROWN WILLY) a deluded god-fearing man who was privvy to the swindle and fears that he may burn in hell. Many of the scenes scuttle past without muster, and some are long musical pieces that demonstrate how well the cast can sing a Cornish choral-ditty. However, few of the scenes catch fire, and the cast are vastly uneven. Some are seasoned pros like Dudley Sutton (ORLANDO) or Jenny Agutter (WALKABOUT) where as others are first-timers and stumble at some of the easiest hurdles.

The cost-cutting device of using green-screen for some of the scenes, with projections of old photographs of the old streets and mines of the 19th century. Some of the scenes are set on real cliffs and beaches though, or on physical indoor sets. An outdoor privee features in many scenes… hmmm.

Cluttered, muddled yet fairly unique, it’s a tough ask to get anybody who lives outside of Cornwall to sit and watch this. Whilst it’s not flat or boring, it’s just messy and incoherent to impediment of a committed cast that could have made this interesting subject fly. Instead it’s permanently grounded and fairly confusing.

3 out of 10 – A bold attempt to shine a light on a forgotten period in Cornish history is marred by fussy production values, incoherent plot and erratic performances.

WHAT HAVE I SEEN THAT ACTOR IN BEFORE?

  • Jenny Agutter: Call The Midwife (TV), Queen of the Desert, Captain America 2, Avenger’s Assemble, Outside Bet, Burke and Hare, Glorious 39, Blue Juice,  Child’s Play 2, Dark Man,  An American Werewolf In London, Equus, The Eagle Has Landed, Logan’s Run (1976),  Walkabout, The Railway Children
  • Ben Dyson: Brown Willy
  • Dean Nolan: Weekend Retreat
  • Stuart Boother: Dead of the Nite
  • Jason Squibb: Poldark (TV)
  • Dudley Sutton: Fall of An Empire, Weekend Retreat, Cockneys Vs. ZombiesOutside Bet, The Shouting Men, Lovejoy (TV), Dean Spanley, Eastenders (TV), The Football Factory, The Tichborne Claimant, Incognito (1997), Orlando, Edward II, The Rainbow, The Devils, The London Connection, The Pink Panther Strikes Again, The Leather Boys

T2 – TRAINSPOTTING

4.5 out of 10

REVIEW COMING SOON

Release date: 27th January 2017

Director: Danny Boyle (Steve Jobs / Babylon (TV) (2014) / Trance127 Hours / Slumdog Millionnaire / Sunshine (2007) / Millions / 28 Days Later / The Beach / A Life Less Ordinary / Trainspotting / Shallow Grave)

Cast: Ewan McGregor, Ewen Bremner, Jonny Lee Miller, Kelly MacDonald and Robert Carlyle with Anjela Nedyalkova, Irvine Welsh, Pauline Turner, Scot Greenan, Gordon Kennedy with James Cosmo and Shirley Henderson

Writer: John Hodge / Irvine Welsh

Trailer: T2 – TRAINSPOTTING

WHAT HAVE I SEEN THAT ACTOR IN BEFORE?

  • Ewan McGregor: Beauty and the Beast (2017), American Pastoral (dir), Our Kind of Traitor, Jane Got a Gun, Fargo (TV), Miles Ahead, Son of a Gun, Mortdecai, August-Osage County, Jack The Giant Slayer, The Impossible, Salmon Fishing In The Yemen, Haywire, Beginners, Perfect Sense, Jackboots On Whitehall (voice), Nanny McPhee, The Ghost, Amelia, The Men Who Stare At Goats, Angels & Demons, I Love You Phillip Morris, Incediary, Cassandra’s Dream, Miss Potter, Scenes Of a Sexual Nature, Alex Rider -Storm Breaker, Stay, The Island (2005), Star Wars III – The Revenge Of The Sith, Valiant (voice), Robots (voice), Big Fish, Down With Love, Star Wars II – Attack Of The Clones, Black Hawk Down, Moulin Rouge, Nora, Eye Of The Beholder, Rogue Trader, Star Wars – The Phantom Menace, Little Voice, Velvet Goldmine, A Life Less Ordinary, Serpent’s Kiss, Nightwatch, Brassed Off, Emma (1996), The Pillow Book, Trainspotting, Blue Juice, Shallow Grave, Being Human, Lipstick On Your Collar (TV)
  • Ewen Bremner: Wonder Woman, Banished (TV), Get Santa, Exodus – Gods and Kings, Snowpiercer,  Jack The Giant Slayer, Great Expectations (2012), Perfect Sense, Faintheart, Fool’s Gold, Hallam Foe, Death At a Funeral (2007), Match Point, Alien Vs. Predator, Around The World In 80 Days, Welcome To The Jungle, 16 Years Of Alcohol, Black Hawk Down, Pearl Harbour, Snatch, Julien Donkey Boy, The Acid House, Mojo, Trainspotting, Judge Dredd (1995), Naked, As You Like It (1992)
  • Jonny Lee Miller: Elementary (TV),  Byzantium, Dark Shadows, The Flying Scotsman, Aeon Flux, Melinda and Melinda, Mindhunters, Dracula 2001, Love Honour & Obey, Mansfield Park, Plunkett & Macleane, Afterglow, Regeneration, Trainspotting, Hackers
  • Kelly MacDonald: Special Correspondents, Swallows and Amazons (2016), Boardwalk Empire (TV), The Decoy Bride, Anna Karenina (2012), Brave (voice), Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows – part 2, Choke,  No Country For Old Men, Nanny McPhee, A Cock and Bull Story, Finding Neverland, Intermission, Gosford Park, Some Voices, House!, The Loss Of Sexual Innocence, Elizabeth I, Stella Does Tricks, Trainspotting
    Robert Carlyle:
    The Legend of Barney Thompson, 24 (TV), The Tournament, Summer, 28 Weeks Later, Flood, Eragon, The Mighty Celt, Black & White (2002), Once Upon a Time In The Midlands, The 51st State,  There’s Only One Jimmy Grimble, The Beach, Angela’s Ashes. James Bond – The World Is Not Enough, Ravenous, Plunkett & Macleane, Face, The Full Monty, Trainspotting, Go Now, Priest (1995), Riff-Raff, Silent Scream
  • Irvine Welsh: Trainspotting
  • Pauline Turner: Young Adam, Martin Chuzzlewit (TV)
  • Scot Greenan: Macbeth (2015)
  • Gordon Kennedy: Tank 432, The Borderlands, Robin Hood (TV), With Or Without You, Just Like a Woman
  • James Cosmo: The Ten Bells, London Heist, Tomorrow (2017), Monochrome, Wonder Woman, Whiskey Galore (2017), Eliminators, Ben Hur (2016), Dark Signal, Project 12 – The Bunker, Breakdown (2016), The Legend of Barney Thompson, Estranged, The Christmas Candle, We Still Kill The Old Way, Citadel, Hammer Of The Gods, Get Lucky, Game Of Thrones (TV), Outcast, Donkeys, Half Light, The Chronicles Of Narnia – The Lion The Witch & The Wardrobe, Troy, The Four Feathers (2002), Once Upon a Time In The Midlands, The Match, Babe 2 (voice), Emma (1996), Trainspotting, Braveheart, Stormy Monday, Highlander
  • Shirley Henderson: On The Road – Wolf Alice, Urban Hymn, Bridget Jones 3, Tale of Tales,  Set Fire To The Stars, In Secret, Filth, The Look Of Love, EverydayAnna Karenina (2012), Meek’s Cutoff, Life During Wartime, Wild Child, Miss Pettigrew Lives For a Day, Marie Antoinette, Harry Potter and The Goblet Of Fire, A Cock And Bull Story, Bridget Jones 2,  Yes, Intermission, Wilbur Wants To Kill Himself, Harry Potter and The Chamber Of Secrets, Once Upon a Time In The Midlands, 24 Hour Party People, Bridget Jones’ Diary, The Claim (2000), Wonderland (2000), Topsy Turvy, Trainspotting, Rob Roy

TRADERS

6.5 out of 10

Irish film production

Release date: 29th July 2016

Director: Racheal Moriarty & Peter Murphy

Cast: Killian Scott, John Bradley, Nika McGuigan, Peter O’Meara, Aoibhinn McGinnity, Olwen Fouere, David Murray, Caoilfhionn Dunne, David McSavage, Donal O’Farrell, Donal O’Healai, Tomas O’Sulleabhain with Tom Davis and Barry Keoghan

Writer: Racheal Moriarty & Peter Murphy

Trailer: TRADERS

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TIGER RAID

5.5 out of 10

Irish film production

REVIEW COMING SOON

Release Date: 7th October 2016 (DVD Premiere)

Director: Simon Dixon

Cast: Brian Gleeson, Damien Molony, Sofia Boutella and Rory Fleck-Byrne

Writer: Simon Dixon, Mick Donnellan, Gareth Coulam Evans

Trailer: TIGER RAID

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