This Article about Dundee was in the Scotsman on Friday. Scotland is one of the most beautiful countries in the world but sometimes we Scots can do ourselves down by being a wee bit parochial. I had some American friends who flew into Edinburgh airport, on their way to stay with me in Dundee. To their amazement at the tourist counter they were asked: “What do you … Continue reading The sun is shining full tilt on ambitious Dundee
This is Oliver Hirschbiegel’s version of the life of Georg Elser and his failed attempt (by 13 minutes) to kill Hitler before the Second World War began. Given that Hirschbiegel made the brilliant ‘Downfall’, I was expecting this to be good and my expectations were met. I loved everything about this film, the cinematography, the story telling, the acting….brilliant. It also left me … Continue reading 13 Minutes – a short review of a brilliant film.
We take a risk with the DCA – usually the films are good, occasionally brilliant, and infrequently, bad. Last week we went to see this film It should have everything going for it. Good actors, an interesting theme (how to cope with an extreme ADHD teenager) and a director ,Xavier Dolan, with a superb reputation. And it is French. I hated it. In fact its one … Continue reading Mommy – A HopeLess Film
I knew nothing about this film when I went to see it with Annabel last Friday. Only the fact that it was on at the DCA (Dundee Contemporary Arts) and that the director was Jean-Pierre Jeunet (Amelie) was reason enough for us to go at our usual Friday 6pm time. Right from the beginning I loved it. The 3D was fabulous – proving to me … Continue reading The Young and Prodigious TS Spivet – A Review
This is a review of Philomena that I wrote for the Solas website – Philomena – A Tale of Two Worlds. I went with some trepidation to see Philomena at the DCA. Mainly because I knew the story and had read the gleeful and gloating reviews from my atheist friends who like to take any opportunity to stick the boot into the Church. And Philomena … Continue reading Philomena – a Tale of Two Worlds