7 items from 2015
When YouTube was created I’m sure the plan wasn’t for people to watch bite sized amounts of comedy picking up the best skits from television shows from all over the world, but this is one way that I tend to watch the funniest comedians, and it was the first time I’ve really seen any of Dave Chappelle’s work. With the release of Chappelle’s Show: The Series Collection this week, this is my chance to see his comedy as it was meant to be seen on television.
One thing that is obvious from the first season of the show is that Chappelle’s Show: The Series Collection coming from Comedy Central was a move from a more liberal HBO to a stricter form of television. Though slightly more tamer of a channel this isn’t to say that Chappelle would not push the limits of what he could get away with. »
- Phil Wheat
Director: Claudio Fah
Directed by Claudio Fah, Northmen is an entertaining and action-fuelled adventure. From the offset you are absorbed with edge of your seat action, with Fah’s direction perfectly illustrating the tortuous natural landscapes and brutality of human warfare.
The action sequences are detailed and don’t disguise the brutal nature of the scene. Of course if you are nauseated by the sight of blood, then this may not be the film for you. The cast fully embrace the sword play and it’s their dedication that keeps the action engrossing. Ryan Kwanten plays the kind Christian monk who’s a talented swordsman; he’s an action man to watch out for.
- Ciham Messouki
Director: Yann Demange.
Running Time: 99 minutes.
Set in the chaotic world of Northern Ireland during the peak of the conflicts between Protestants and Catholics, ‘71 is the very definition of heart in your throat intense. The entire film is a single continuous story about a British soldier (O’Connell), who gets left behind during the search of Catholic homes. From there he is hunted like an animal as he must traverse the dangerous streets of Belfast with the hope of returning to his barracks.
The lone survivor in hostile territory is a tale that has been used many times before, but rarely has it been done so effectively. Demange gives us one of the best British action thrillers of all time as he carefully crafts a film which confidently and respectfully treads »
- Luke Ryan Baldock
Chicago – Sectarian violence and terrorism were the norm in the days of the late 1960s and early ‘70s in Northern Ireland. Often mistook for a religious clash between Catholics and Protestants in the region, the conflict was actually about keeping the industrial region either part of Britain or part of Ireland. The extreme nature of the conflict is tensely played out in “’71,” the year when it all boiled over.
The area devolved so quickly that British troops had to be called in – further escalating tensions – and the story of “’71” focuses on one such soldier, stuck in the war zone. The film doesn’t take any sides, preferring to emphasize the dishonor of the clash between the enemies, and the “double agents” who caused more harm by taking advantage of the need for infiltration and subterfuge. The story also takes a personal turn, and that is where it’s a bit weak, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
Stars: Jack O’Connell, Sam Reid, Sean Harris, Paul Anderson, Richard Dormer, Charlie Murphy, Valene Kane, Martin McCann, Sam Hazeldine, Killian Scott, David Wilmot, Barry Keoghan | Written by Gregory Burke | Directed by Yann Demange
As a fan of history I always find myself interested in films like ’71 which look at the complicated issues surrounding Ireland. Touching on these subjects though there is a certain level of tact required, especially with the fact that the British Government and their actions don’t exactly show them as being squeaky clean. ’71 takes things to human level, thankfully free of any bias that could work its way into such work and is able to focus on the tale of a lost soldier.
When Gary Hook (Jack O’Connell) is accidentally abandoned by his unit on the streets of Belfast he soon finds himself lost in a labyrinth of streets where each encounter could be fatal. »
- Paul Metcalf
The explosive ‘71 will be available on DVD, Blu-Ray and VOD from 9th March 2015, following the Est release on 2nd March, and we’ve got three to giveaway on DVD!
Jack O’Connell plays Gary Hook, a young British soldier accidentally abandoned by his unit following a riot on the streets of Belfast. Unable to tell friend from foe, and increasingly wary of his own comrades, the raw recruit must survive the night alone and find his way to safety through a disorientating, alien and deadly landscape.
Jack O’Connell (Starred Up) leads a superb cast including Sean Harris (Macbeth, Deliver us from Evil), Killian Scott (Calvary), Richard Dormer (Game of Thrones), Paul Anderson (Peaky Blinders), Martin McCann and Charlie Murphy . ’71 is the film feature directorial debut of Yann Demange and is based on a screen play by acclaimed writer Gregory Burke (Black Watch). An ultra-limited edition Blu-ray steelbook will also »
- Dan Bullock
‘’71 Roadside Attractions Reviewed by Harvey Karten for Shockya Grade: B+ Director: Yann Demange Screenwriter: Gregory Burke Cast: Jack O’Connell, Lewis Paul Anderson, Richard Dormer, Sean Harris, Martin McCann, Charles Q. Murphy Screened at: Review 1, NYC, 2/18/14 Opens: February 27, 2015 Telling teenagers today even in Northern Ireland about The Troubles will result in a blank stare. Happily enough, a peace was signed between the Irish Republican Army and Britain after talks with then Prime Minister Tony Blair. The Ira finally disarmed in 2001 though some sporadic fighting might still exist. Still Catholics and Protestants can walk outside in Belfast and Londonderry without fear of being killed, though Northern [ Read More ]
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- Harvey Karten
7 items from 2015
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