Brigit Grant

Review: Mia Madre

By Brigit Grant, September 24, 2015

It feels like only yesterday that I was watching writer, director and actor Nanni Moretti zip around Italy on his moped in his delightfully witty and whimsical travelogue, Dear Diary.


Review: Bill

By Brigit Grant, September 17, 2015

I can't say I've given a lot of thought to Shakespeare's "lost years". Mulling over ideas for the 37 plays and 154 sonnets that he would compose in the "claimed" years would almost certainly have taken up more than a few weekends, yet that crucial period between obscurity in Stratford-upon- Avon and fame in London remains a mystery. Until now.


Review: 45 Years

By Brigit Grant, August 27, 2015

In the week leading up to her 45th wedding anniversary, Kate (Charlotte Rampling) is as busy as any hostess organising a party would be. Granted any Jewish hostess would be confused (hysterical) at the fact she has left confirming the function room, menu and buying her dress until a few days before. But smoked salmon starters and matching accessories are not an issue for Kate.


Review: Absolutely Anything

By Brigit Grant, August 20, 2015

I'm a bit slow with this review as Absolutely Anything opened last week. But August is the silly season and this is a film that truly fits the bill as it is spectacularly silly, a tad saucy and yet suitable for the whole family to giggle at together.


Review: The Gift

By Brigit Grant, August 6, 2015

I was rather hoping the press notes for The Gift would contain an embargo preventing reviewers from revealing the twist in the tale. A lot of critics have a laissez-faire attitude to spoilers and the extended trailers in cinemas give away far more than they should, which deprives audiences of experiencing movies as they happen.


Review: Iris

By Brigit Grant, July 30, 2015

The name Iris Apfel won't mean a lot to you unless you sit in the front row during Fashion Week, but once you set eyes on her in the late Albert Maysles' documentary, you'll be reluctant to let her go.

Like the late, great Joan Rivers, Iris is another fabulous New York Jewess with no filter, though it is couture not comedy that occupies the life of this eccentric 89-year-old who rose to fame in


Review: Southpaw

By Brigit Grant, July 23, 2015

Super-pumped and six-packed Jewish actor Jake Gyllenhaal sweats testosterone in Antoine Fuqua's Southpaw and could probably floor heavyweight Wladimir Klitschko with all the training he did to play boxer Billy "The Great" Hope. The rule of thumb (or fist) for boxing movies is to build a tale of triumph over tragedy around a likeable, but not infallible fighter and the template works.


Review: Best of Enemies

By Brigit Grant, July 23, 2015

Best of Enemies presents the war of words that took place between liberal author and social commentator Gore Vidal and right-wing zealot and talk show host, Bill Buckley in 1968.


Review: Ruth and Alex

By Brigit Grant, July 16, 2015

Films about elderly people moving house because they can't handle the stairs don't come along very often. It's a tough concept to pitch to a studio executive. But silver surfers searching for an apartment with a lift clearly rang true for somebody as it is the story of Ruth & Alex - and I know a lot of people who will really enjoy it.


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.


It’s good news for us when things go bad

By Brigit Grant, June 16, 2015

Nothing pleases Dan Patterson more than an MP scandal. An Independence referendum is guaranteed to put a spring in his step, and if someone important does something shocking and no one dies, Dan will be doing cartwheels.


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?


Amy would've liked my rebellious roles

By Brigit Grant, April 30, 2015

Passover 2015 will not be remembered as a good one for jewellers in Hatton Garden. While they were off celebrating the festival, which coincided with Easter, thieves drilled their way into the street's main vault and stole £60 million worth of goods from 72 safe deposit boxes. It was the stuff of cinema and left the traders reeling.


Review: Far from the Madding Crowd

By Brigit Grant, April 30, 2015

It wasn't until I saw Julie Christie in John Schlesinger's film of Far From The Madding Crowd, a decade after it was made in 1967, that I knew who I wanted to look like when I grew up.