August 23, 2011
Film Review

Review: Beginners (Ewan McGregor; Melanie Laurent; Christopher Plummer; Mike Mills)

In a remarkable case of art imitating life, graphic artist-turned-filmmaker Mike Mills ( Thumbsucker) returns to feature films with a personal ode to family, love and identity. Unabashedly autobiographical, Beginnersbumbles through the life of lovelorn graphic designer Oliver (Ewan McGregor), whose burgeoning relationship with a delightfully offbeat French actress (Melanie Laurent) forces him to come to grips with his father’s recent death; a passing made more complex by the fact that Hal (Christopher Plummer) waited for his wife…This article is available online for Limelight subscribers. LOG IN now or SUBSCRIBE to gain access and you could win the Limelight Recording of the Year five-CD collection.

August 8, 2011
Film Review

Review: The Illusionist (Sylvain Chomet)

French animator Sylvain Chomet won a lot of fans with his resolutely charming The Triplets of Bellevilleeight years ago. His follow up is based on an unproduced, late 1950s script by the master French comedian and filmmaker Jacques Tati ( Monsieur Hulot’s Holiday; Jour de Fete). An aging French conjuror, finding himself out of step in the raucous new rock‘n’roll era, travels to the UK – initially London – in search of an audience. In a coastal Scotland village he…This article is available online for Limelight subscribers. LOG IN now or SUBSCRIBE to gain access and you could win the Limelight Recording of the Year five-CD collection.

August 4, 2011
Film Review

Review: Jane Eyre (Mia Wasikowska, Michael Fassbender, Judi Dench)

How to make  Jane Eyre fresh again? Charlotte Bronte’s 1847 classic is one of the best-loved English novels, thanks in part to countless TV adaptations and films, most notably in 1943 with Joan Fontaine and Orson Welles. That’s not even counting the subsequent novels (and their film adaptations) it has wholly or partly inspired, from authors such as Daphne du Maurier, Iris Murdoch and Jean Rhys. One way forward might be through inspired casting, a second through screenwriting that recognises… This article is available online for Limelight subscribers. LOG IN now or SUBSCRIBE to gain access and you could win the Limelight Recording of the Year five-CD collection.

July 12, 2011
Film Review

Review: The Trip (Michael Winterbottom, Steve Coogan, Rob Brydon)

The cult comedy duo of director Michael Winterbottom and actor Steve Coogan ( 24 Hour Party People) – along with their lovable third wheel Rob Brydon – must have decided they needed a holiday. Regrouping after 2005’s side-splitting Tristram Shandy: A Cock and Bull Story,the trio have hit the road for a gastronomical tour of England’s picturesque Lake District. Playing semi-fictionalised versions of themselves in this mostly improvised comedy, Coogan and Brydon are work colleagues who pair up rather awkwardly after Coogan’s…This article is available online for Limelight subscribers. LOG IN now or SUBSCRIBE to gain access and you could win the Limelight Recording of the Year five-CD collection.

July 12, 2011
Film Review

Review: Pina (Wim Wenders, Pina Bausch, Tanztheater Wuppertal)

In contrast to Hollywood’s fondness for ugly 3D cash-ins, Wim Wenders has approached the new medium as a chance to rethink cinema’s possibilities; using it to more effectively capture the pure physicality of dance, that most visceral of art…This article is available online for Limelight subscribers. LOG IN now or SUBSCRIBE to gain access and you could win the Limelight Recording of the Year five-CD collection.

July 12, 2011
Film Review

Review: Tree of Life (Terrence Malick, Brad Pitt, Sean Penn)

Languid, reverent shots of nature shimmering at magic hour – Terrence Malick is back. The auteur behind the impressionistic odes Badlands, Days of Heaven, The Thin Red Lineand The New Worldhas finally released his impatiently anticipated fifth film…This article is available online for Limelight subscribers. LOG IN now or SUBSCRIBE to gain access and you could win the Limelight Recording of the Year five-CD collection.

June 21, 2011
Film Review

Review: Sleeping Beauty (Julia Leigh, Emily Browning)

It’s easy to see why Julia Leigh’s Sleeping Beautywas invited into the Cannes film festival’s prestigious official competition, a rare honour for a directorial debut. Understatedly strange, erotic, quietly surrealistic and slightly disturbing, it’s a striking film that immediately marks out…This article is available online for Limelight subscribers. LOG IN now or SUBSCRIBE to gain access and you could win the Limelight Recording of the Year five-CD collection.

June 21, 2011
Film Review

Review: Oranges and Sunshine (Jim Loach, Hugo Weaving, Emily Watson)

Based on the heart-rending history of forced child migration and the English social worker who committed her life to uncovering the truth, Oranges & Sunshineis a compassionate and deeply moving account of this controversial period in British and Australian history. Directed by…This article is available online for Limelight subscribers. LOG IN now or SUBSCRIBE to gain access and you could win the Limelight Recording of the Year five-CD collection.

May 19, 2011
Film Review

Review: Mad Bastards (Brendan Fletcher, Dean Daley-Jones, Lucas Yeeda)

There’s a scene near the start of this Aboriginal drama when a muscly indigenous man gets into a vicious bar-room fight. For a moment it looks as if director and co-writer Brendan Fletcher’s debut feature is going to turn into an Australian answer…This article is available online for Limelight subscribers. LOG IN now or SUBSCRIBE to gain access and you could win the Limelight Recording of the Year five-CD collection.

April 27, 2011
Film Review

Review: The Tempest (Helen Mirren, Russell Brand, Ben Wishaw)

Shakespeare’s final play has inspired several films, including the science-fiction Forbidden Planet, Paul Mazursky’s contemporary Tempest, and versions by Peter Greenaway ( Prospero’s Books) and Derek Jarman. Now comes a new version from Amercian director Julie Taymor, known for her visually…This article is available online for Limelight subscribers. LOG IN now or SUBSCRIBE to gain access and you could win the Limelight Recording of the Year five-CD collection.

April 8, 2011
Film Review

Review: Never Let Me Go (Keira Knightley, Carey Mulligan, Mark Romenek)

Based on a novel by Japanese-born British author Kazuo Ishiguro, Never Let Me Gois an intelligent science fiction story that steadfastly refuses to obey genre rules and instead plays out as the high- toned literary adaptation it is. The film is set in an alternate version of England during the 1970s through to the 1990s, a country in which most major diseases have been banished via a social mechanism that only gradually becomes clear. Carey Mulligan and Keira Knightley…This article is available online for Limelight subscribers. LOG IN now or SUBSCRIBE to gain access and you could win the Limelight Recording of the Year five-CD collection.