This was a film that I did not want to go and see. I knew it was long, violent and difficult. But I had to. I have read so much about it and such contrasting and extreme reviews that I went (alone) to watch it this afternoon. Its…. Brilliant – It lasts over two and a half hours but for me it did not feel … Continue reading The Silence – A Review
This is an album that is very bleak, if you listen to it against a backdrop of materialistic, atheistic secularism. There really is nothing. No hope, no hallelujah. But if you see this album in the light of the incarnation, life, teaching, death, resurrection and return of the Name above all names, then the darkness only serves to magnify the Light. Continue reading Light out of Darkness: A Review of Leonard Cohen’s ‘You Want It Darker’
I havn’t heard a great deal about this film – nor seen many adverts. But thanks to the DCA we got to see it. All I can say is that it is one of the most stunning and intense films I have ever seen. Directed by Sean Ellis it tells the story of the assassination of Reinhard Heydrich in Prague in 1942. I love … Continue reading Anthropoid – Film of the Year!
I thought the first Bourne movie was excellent, the second even better and the third not quite as good, but nonetheless worth seeing again. So I was genuinely excited about seeing what the new one would bring. Especially as it has Tommy Lee Jones playing his usual grizzled character. The film has its good points – well shot, fairly dramatic and Matt Damon’s body … Continue reading Jason Bourne – Bourne Masterchef?
Personally I am not a big fan of the ‘Christian music’ scene and even less of Christian concerts. I’m not saying that there is de facto anything wrong with them – I’m just not keen – unless you count Bach as Christian music…! However there are some great Christian musicians out there who are using their gifts for the glory of God (not least in … Continue reading We Shall All Be Changed – The New Scottish – A Review
“That’s really sweet”, they said,” You’re taking your daughter to the ballet. They were wrong. She was taking me. Why do people think that men won’t like ballet?! EJ gave me a lovely birthday present last night – after a tiring few days at the Free Church General Assembly we went to the Festival Theatre in Edinburgh to see Scottish Ballet’s new production … Continue reading Swan Lake – Beauty and Brilliance
This is a stunning film – albeit with weaknesses. It examines the morality of modern warfare, in particular people sitting in rooms in London or the US and pushing buttons to kill people in Africa. One thing I will say about the film is that it is intense from beginning to end and as such time just flies by – I could … Continue reading Eye in the Sky – A Review
My film reviews are like bus’s – you wait ages for one, and then two come along at once. But I could not wait to write this one. We went to see ‘Remember’ last night at our usual venue, Dundee Contemporary Arts…the small cinema two was virtually empty..but the handful of us who saw this remarkable film were stunned. It has possibly the most stunning … Continue reading Remember – a Review
It’s been a while since my last film review. To be honest I could have written two reviews about this – both of which would have been true. The first would have talked about how boring and dull this film is. But the second, ie. this one, reflects a more considered approach and some interesting insights from my wife – who helped me to … Continue reading Time out of Mind – A Review