Why I Love… #59: Tokyo Story

Year: 1953 Director: Yasujiro Ozu Stars: Chishu Ryu (Shukishi Hirayama), Chieko Higashiyama (Tomi Hirayama), Setsuko Hara (Noriko Hirayama), Haruko Sugimura (Shige Kaneko), So Yamamura (Koichi Hirayama), Kuniko Miyake (Fumiko Hirayama) Genre: Drama I watched Tokyo Story, initially, as a box-ticking exercise. A perennial of all-time-greatest movie lists - including Sight And Sound's feted hit parade - and …

Review: Mister John

Directors: Joe Lawlor, Christine Molloy Stars: Aidan Gillen, Zoe Tay, Claire Keelan One of the great lies of film and television is that grief and bereavement are exciting, dramatic emotions, filled with intensity. They can be, sure, but more often than not they are profoundly numbing, confusing, overwhelming sensations, causing a complete disconnect from perceived …

Review: The Counsellor

Director: Ridley Scott Stars: Javier Bardem, Cameron Diaz, Michael Fassbender Full disclosure upfront: my favourite author is Cormac McCarthy. Suttree. Blood Meridian. All The Pretty Horses. The Crossing. There's four masterpieces right there. Give me time and I'll make cases for Outer Dark and The Road too. As an aspiring writer, his is the level of ability I measure …

Review: In Fear

Director: Jeremy Lovering Stars: Alice Englert, Iain De Caestecker, Allen Leech Oh good, another po-faced meagre-budgeted horror movie in which a small number of people get lost out in the sticks at night. Really? C'mon. Really? Are we still stuck on this? That was my sarcasm-spiked inner monologue upon seeing the trailer for In Fear stacked …

Review: Gravity

Director: Alfonso Cuarón Stars: Sandra Bullock, George Clooney, Ed Harris Bloody hell, this has a lot to live up to. I've been trying to avoid explicit details about Gravity, save for that mesmeric trailer. Nevertheless, the general hubbub of ecstatic praise has been hard to sidestep. And, aside from that feeble, attention-seeking article on the …