Film

Review: Cheap Thrills

By Brigit Grant, June 6, 2014

One of the great advantages of being a film critic is that you get to see movies before they have been discussed, analysed, mauled and often buried by the experts (aka the other critics). The joy of having first dibs means few preconceived ideas and, on rare occasions, one might even be clueless about the content. That was the case when I settled down to watch E L Katz's movie.

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Review: Omar

By Brigit Grant, June 2, 2014

I like to think it's important to see things from both sides of the fence - or in the case of Hany Abu-Assad's Omar, the wall, as it is the towering rampart surrounding the occupied West Bank that dominates this tale about love and loyalty.

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Review: Venus in Fur

By Brigit Grant, June 2, 2014

Having auditioned many unsuitable actresses for his play Venus in Fur - an adaptation of the Leopold von Sacher-Masoch erotic classic - director Tom (Polanski-lookalike Mathieu Amalric) is on his way home when the brash and vulgar Vanda (Polanski's gorgeous wife Emmanuelle Seigner) arrives late.

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Woody Allen and a gigolo worth paying for

By Brigit Grant, May 22, 2014

In my favourite recurring dream, I get a call from casting director Juliet Taylor asking me to be in Woody Allen’s next untitled feature. Naturally, I accept without even bothering to inquire about the role as I would happily play “woman at bus stop” if it meant spending time with my hero.

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Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return

By Brigit Grant, May 16, 2014

Growing up in the glow of a famous relative has its plusses and minuses. For Roger Baum, the great-grandson of Wizard of Oz creator L Frank Baum, there was the joy of being part of the legacy, but also the constant niggling in his own head (and nagging from friends) that he should write a book that picks up the story.

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Sleepless nights over getting my insomnia film made

By Nadaav Soudry, April 27, 2014

Fifteen years ago I was a student at Leeds University. My parents got me a place in Hillel House, a religious hall of residence on the university campus. It was there that I had an experience that was to inspire me to write a film.

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Review: Noah

By Brigit Grant, April 7, 2014

Having made a huge impact with his small film The Wrestler and the bigger Black Swan, Hollywood has now seen fit to give Darren Aronofsky $125 million to make a biblical epic that owes more to the Transformers franchise than it does to Cecil B DeMille's Ten Commandments.

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Review: The Past

By Brigit Grant, March 31, 2014

Don't ask me why, but it's much easier to tolerate monotony in a foreign-language film. Of course, this is not what any writer/director wants to hear, least of all The Past's Asghar Farhadi, who won an Oscar for A Separation in 2011.

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Review: Yves Saint Laurent

By Brigit Grant, March 26, 2014

As there are only about 400 women worldwide who can easily afford to purchase haute couture, few of us will ever know the thrill of wearing it.

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Johansson is just scarily out of this world

By Brigit Grant, March 13, 2014

As far as most Jewish men are concerned, Scarlett Johansson is the perfect woman. Full-mouthed, curvy, petite and with a voice seductive enough to sell chocolate to calorie-counters, Johansson is also of the faith and fiercely protective of Israeli company SodaStream. Could it get any better?

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