Film

Big-screen debut for Nightingale residents

June 6, 2008

Nightingale residents have made their big screen debuts in a new film starring Anne-Marie Duff, Ralf Little, Rupert Graves, Frank Finlay, Phyllida Law and Daisy Donovan.

The Waiting Room, released today, tells the story of two strangers who are brought together by an elderly man waiting for his wife on a station platform. A significant part of the movie was filmed at the Clapham care home and a number of residents appear as extras. They also had the opportunity to meet the stars.

How new Israeli directors are getting us hooked

By Anne Joseph, May 30, 2008

The best new films by young Israelis are about to be shown at two London events

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Should Woody Allen quit films

May 30, 2008

After the mauling given to his latest release, Cassandra’s Dream, we ask two critics if it is time for the once-great director to hang up his camera

Gerald Aaron - YES

Chutzpah, and extraordinary talent propelled the short, shortsighted redhead from Brooklyn from gag-writer to successful stand-up comedian, playwright, unlikely film star and on to Oscar-winning filmmaker and to legendary status in the movie world. 

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Sex And The City

By Gerald Aaron, May 30, 2008

It makes no pretension to art, but Sex and the City succeeds as a ‘well-honed, character driven, comedy chickflick’

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Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

By Gerald Aaron, May 23, 2008

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At 65, Harrison Ford has earned his right to sit back and take things easy. Instead (and surely not because he has made a mess of his pension plans), he is back again as Indiana Jones, wielding his whip once more.

Director Steven Spielberg and creator/executive producer George Lucas are back too with a snappy screenplay that pitches Our Hero into the Cold War in 1957 and has him battling Soviet agents led by Cate Blanchett’s dangerous Irina Spalko. 

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Cassandra's Dream

By Gerald Aaron, May 23, 2008

 

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Charlie Bartlett

By Gerald Aaron, May 16, 2008

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An entertaining variation on the teenage coming-of-age movie. Seventeen-year-old rich kid Charlie Bartlett (Anton Yelchin) achieves his dream of popularity by dealing out prescription drugs to his schoolmates. Since he is not obviously an admirable character, it is to Yelchin’s credit, allied with Jon Poll’s deft direction, that Charlie emerges as eminently likeable.

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Heartbeat Detector

By Gerald Aaron, May 16, 2008

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It is necessary to concentrate to follow Nicolas Klotz’s intriguing drama since the director slowly builds his complex story without resorting to cliché. But the effort is worth it. This is a riveting narrative which, scripted from Francois Emmanuel’s book, La Question Humaine, draws parallels between the profit-driven inhumanities of contemporary corporate life and the brutalities of the Holocaust.

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Terror's Advocate

By Gerald Aaron, May 16, 2008

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The subject of Barbet Schroeder’s unsettling film is a cinema staple — the smug, limelight-seeking “star” lawyer. What makes Terror’s Advocate so chilling is that its “star” — French lawyer Jacques Vergès — is a real-life attorney notorious for his infamous clients.

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The Nazis of big business

By Nick Johnstone, May 16, 2008

A new French film finds disturbing parallels between multi-national companies and the Holocaust

Having grown up in a French- Jewish family scarred by the Holocaust, filmmaker Nicolas Klotz had long wanted to find a way to tackle the subject through cinema.

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