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[PASSNOTES] ‘LE WEEK-END’ TAKES A WARTS N’ ALL LOOK AT MODERN MARRIAGE

October 15th, 2013

Le Week-end (15) – Dir. Roger Michell – In cinemas 11th October Who’s in it? Jim Broadbent, Jeff Goldblum, Lindsay Duncan What’s it about? Anchored by an uncompromising script from art-house writer Hanif Kureishi (My Son the Fanactic) and measured, intense performances from drama veterans Jim Broadbent (Another Year) and Lindsay Duncan (About Time), Le […]

[PASSNOTES] ‘SUNSHINE ON LEITH’ A HEART WARMINGLY MUSICAL LOOK AT LIVING AND LOVING

October 6th, 2013

Sunshine on Leith Dir. Dexter Fletcher – 4th October QFT Belfast Who’s in it? George Mackay, Jason Flemyng, Peter Mullan, Jane Horricks What’s it about? After returning home to Edinburgh from Afghanistan, soldiers Davy and Ally struggle to adapt to life after active service and the ordinary nine to five responsibilities that go with it. […]

[FEATURE] GAME OF THRONES TO RETURN IN 2014!

October 3rd, 2013

Game of Thrones will return in 2014 Fans of Game of Thrones are dotted all around the world, and audiences can’t wait for the cast to return to our screens once more. The show will be returning in early 2014, filling the TV void for fans of the recently completed Breaking Bad and the soon-to-return […]

[PASSNOTES] THE WICKER MAN: ETHEREAL TONE AND ERRIE AESTHETIC GIVE IT A MELANCHOLY MENACE

September 27th, 2013

The Wicker Man: The Final Cut (1974) Dir. Robin Hardy – QFT Belfast 27th September Who’s in it? Christopher Lee, Edward Woodward, Britt Ekland What’s it about? With a respectable 89% on Rotten Tomatoes, The Wicker Man’s cult status among film fans is appropriate given its preoccupation with certain subtly sinister pagan practices on the […]

REMAKE VS ORIGINAL: ‘DAWN OF THE DEAD’ AND ‘TEXAS CHAINSAW MASACRE’

September 25th, 2013

Things that go bump in the night… There’s a persistent debate amongst movie-goers which just refuses to die, returning zombie-like again and again: is the remake better or worse than the original? Not many sit on the fence – you’re either a fan of the classics, or you love the blockbuster Hollywood effects of the […]

A FEW BAD MEN: HOLLYWOOD’S BEST BAD GUYS

September 20th, 2013

Whether it’s a film or a TV show, there’s nothing quite like a really great bad guy. It takes a truly talented actor to make a bad guy not only believable but relatable; all whilst making us hate them at the same time. Often while good guys are easy to get behind (well, they are […]

[PASSNOTES] ‘HAWKING’: AN INTIMATE PORTRAIT OF ONE OF THE WORLD’S MOST RECOGNISABLE AND LEAST KNOWN PERSONALITIES

September 20th, 2013

Hawking (2013) Dir. Stephen Finnegan – Out 20th Sept at Strand Cinema Belfast Who’s in it? Stephen Hawking What’s it about? Described by the man himself as a “personal journey through my life”, an intimate portrait of one of the world’s most well and least known personalities, Hawking sets out to tell the remarkable and […]

[PASSNOTES] ‘HEAVEN’S GATE’ DIVIDED OPINION BUT IT WEARS ITS CONSCIENCE ON ITS SLEEVE

September 9th, 2013

Heaven’s Gate (1980) Dir. Michael Cimino – Showing at QFT Belfast 6-8th Sept Who’s in it? Kris Kristofferson, Isabelle Huppert, Christopher Walken, John Hurt What’s it about? Oscar winning director Michael Cimino (The Deer Hunter) divided opinion with this ‘revisionist, post-Vietnam view of American imperialism’. Set among the sprawling horse and cattle country of Wyoming, […]

[PASSNOTES] ‘ODD MAN OUT’: CLASSIC NOIR FILMED RIGHT IN THE HEART OF BELFAST

August 30th, 2013

Odd Man Out (1947) Dir. Carol Reed – Aug 30th at The Albert Clock Who’s in it? James Mason, Fay Compton What’s it about? With the cobbled streets and crooked alleyways of Belfast as it’s setting, 1947’s Odd Man Out, directed by Black and White era auteur Carol Reed (The Third Man), has long been […]

[PASSNOTES] ‘SENSE AND SENSIBILITY’: HAPPINESS RELATIVE NOT TO GOOD FORTUNE BUT TO GOODNESS

August 23rd, 2013

Sense and Sensibility (1995) Dir. Ang Lee – Aug 23rd at Bangor Castle Walled Garden Who’s in it? Alan Rickman, Emma Thompson, Kate Winslet, Hugh Grant What’s it about? In another perfect example of his genre traversing dynamism and deft touch for funny, moving drama, Japanese maestro Ang Lee (Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, Life of […]

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