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The Book Thief was reviewed by Brian Matthews 5 years 6 months ago
My opening film at 2014’s Glasgow Film Festival was the Downton Abbey director Brian Percival's The Book Thief (2013). Adapted by Michael Petroni from a best selling novel by Australian author...
12 Years a Slave was reviewed by Brian Matthews 5 years 6 months ago
“There is no sin: I can do what I like with my property” says cotton plantation owner Edwin Epps when whipping a female slave, the same slave he rapes on a regular basis. This one episode really sums...
The Lone Ranger was reviewed by Brian Matthews 5 years 6 months ago
Sometimes it pays to ignore the critics. A case in point is the latest movie from the ‘Pirate’ partnership of producer Jerry Bruckheimer, director Gore Verbinski and of course Johnny Depp. If I had...
Eden was reviewed by Brian Matthews 5 years 6 months ago
This is the second film recently that Movie Ramble has seen on the way women are treated, both are based on true stories! The Frozen Ground (2013) showed them as defenceless fodder for a serial...
The Epic Of Everest was reviewed by Brian Matthews 5 years 6 months ago
Playing to a full house at the Robert Burns Centre Film Theatre Film Club was a documentary that was originally shoot in 1924. The filming of The Epic of Everest was the responsibility of mountaineer...
Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom was reviewed by Brian Matthews 5 years 6 months ago
I’ve always been fascinated by films that show people who are prepared to fight for what they believe in and are never afraid to make sacrifices, even if it leads to imprisonment or even death. Films...
The Liability was reviewed by Brian Matthews 5 years 6 months ago
This rather enjoyable Tarantinoesque low budget punchy British comedy thriller started life some 15 years ago as a screenwriting project for film critic John Wrathall something he shelved for many...
Magnolia was reviewed by Brian Matthews 5 years 6 months ago
A timely revisit to a film I have not seen for many years, timely because of the sudden and surprising death of one of modern cinema’s best actors. The film is the 1996 American satirical drama...
Blue Is The Warmest Color was reviewed by Brian Matthews 5 years 6 months ago
Quintessentially this weeks Film Club screening at the Robert Burns Centre Film Theatre was a meaningful love story between two people who find one another and fall in and out of love, sounds pretty...
Deadfall was reviewed by Brian Matthews 5 years 6 months ago
This is a movie where Australian actor Eric Bana really nails the part of the homicidal maniac, Addison, a killer who lets nothing or no one stand in his way after a botched escape following a...
Foxfire was reviewed by Brian Matthews 5 years 6 months ago
Laurent Cantet has been called the French Ken Loach mainly because of his naturalistic interpretation of a story and his use of unknown actors and actresses. His main claim to fame was the Cannes...
Ascenseur pour l'echafaud (Elevator to the Gallows) (Lift to the Scaffold) (Frantic) was reviewed by Brian Matthews 5 years 6 months ago
A very welcome rerelease. Lift to the Scaffold 1958. Normally what transpires is you watch a movie, fall in love with its music and then you purchase the soundtrack album. Recently it worked in the...
Suspended Alibi was reviewed by Brian Matthews 5 years 6 months ago
A man comes down a staircase of a large double fronted house, gun in hand, he quietly opens the door ahead of him and is immediately shoot by a young boy in a full Red Indian headdress. There’s a...
The Frozen Ground was reviewed by Brian Matthews 5 years 6 months ago
‘Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves’ this quote from Matthew chapter 10 verse 16 opens Scott Walker’s (not the singer dummy!) debut directorial feature film outing The Frozen...
The Railway Man was reviewed by Brian Matthews 5 years 6 months ago
The consequences of war, or should I say the consequences of politicians sending young boys to war, is clearly portrayed in the former Royal Signals officer Eric Lomax’s autobiography published in...

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