Review: The Choir

By Brigit Grant, July 9, 2015

Watching François Girard's The Choir is a lot like eating nouvelle cuisine in the 1980s.


Review: Amy

By Brigit Grant, July 2, 2015

I only met Amy Winehouse once, in 2005, and fittingly it was in a pub in Camden Town, two years after the release of her critically acclaimed debut album, Frank. She was just a Jewish girl from Southgate with huge expressive eyes, a wicked sense of humour and a need to perform. That is the Amy I recognised in the early part of Asif Kapadia's much-lauded documentary.


Review: She's Funny That Way

By Brigit Grant, June 25, 2015

It's been so long since Peter Bogdanovich made a memorable movie, you'd be forgiven for thinking he had passed on. Or moved to Miami Beach. Earlier this month, his demise was even reported on Facebook which was a nasty hoax as the Jewish director who made the unforgettable The Last Picture Show is very much alive.


Listening to the terrible silence of men involved in the Indonesian genocide

By Stephen Applebaum, June 25, 2015

I first met Jewish-American film-maker Joshua Oppenheimer at the Berlin Film Festival following a screening of his documentary about the 1965-1966 anti-communist purge in Indonesia, The Act of Killing. The setting was apt because whereas Germany has confronted its descent into barbarism, in Indonesia it had become almost taboo to talk about the genocide that claimed a million lives.


Reviews: Entourage and Accidental Love

June 18, 2015

Two films open today that interested me, but if the name Ari Gold means anything to you I suggest you only see one of them. Transferring the hit US HBO series Entourage to the big screen was always going to be a leap of faith.


Review: Jurassic World 3D

By Brigit Grant, June 11, 2015

Thanks to Steven Spielberg, I have known for 22 years precisely what to do if I ever saw a dilophosaurus - (run fast) or a brachiosaurus (offer it a leafy branch). With his seminal Jurassic Park, Spielberg provided us with enough info about genetics and dinosaurs to bluff our way through a date with a paleontologist and simultaneously experience what CGI could really do for a movie.


Review: Man Up

By Brigit Grant, May 28, 2015

In the age of social networking blind dates have surely bitten the dust. It is now possible to find out almost everything about an individual ahead of meeting them, which takes all the mystery out of a clandestine rendezvous. But what if you inadvertently wound up on someone else's blind date?


Review: We Are Many

By Brigit Grant, May 21, 2015

Everyone remembers where they were when the Twin Towers fell on September 11, 2001, but for 30 million people around the world February 15 2003 remains just as significant.


Review: Clouds of Sils Maria

By Brigit Grant, May 14, 2015

The cast and plot of Clouds of Sils Maria immediately grabbed my attention - even though the title did not. Like the movies Rancid Aluminium and To Wong Foo, Thanks For Everything, Julie Newmar, the names offer insufficient clues about the storyline and, as the latter didn't fit across any cinema marquees, most assumed it was an Ang Lee doc about a Chinese restaurant. Needless to say it wasn't.


Review: Phoenix

By Brigit Grant, May 9, 2015

Many years ago while working on a newspaper story in Germany, I attended a Friday-night service at a synagogue in Munich. The elderly rabbi was a Holocaust survivor who had returned to the city of his birth after Dachau camp was liberated and I kept looking at him and wondering why?