British Films, Recent Movies, Reviews

Free Fire (2017)

Guns, gangs and free-for-all action in a Reservoir Dogs style setting: this is a bloodthirsty action-comedy. Just the way I like it. Set in 1970s Boston, Ben Wheatley’s Free Fire is about a gun deal gone horribly wrong. Irish mobsters, Chris (Cillian Murphy) and Frank (Michael Smiley) lead their pack of goons to an abandoned warehouse, to […]

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British Films, Reviews

Hector (2015), directed by Jake Gavin

This festive-themed road movie, Hector has the spirit of Ken Loach hanging over it. It’s a social realist drama with Peter Mullan at the centre. He plays the titular Hector, a homeless man from Glasgow, seeking to reconnect with his family. I stumbled across this low budget British film on Netflix and I thoroughly enjoyed the warmth […]

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British Films, Recent Movies, Reviews

T2 Trainspotting (2017)

In T2 Trainspotting, Renton (McGregor) and the gang are back wreaking havoc in Edinburgh once again, twenty years on from their 1996 drug-fuelled adventure. This sequel is everything I could have hoped for – it’s funny, entertaining, visually sharp and it’s a joy finding out what these characters, now middle-aged, have been up to… Renton: Heading […]

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British Films, Recent Movies, Reviews

I, Daniel Blake (2016)

One of the many things I have great respect for is people who tell it like it is. This is precisely what Ken Loach does with I, Daniel Blake. It’s a film that left me with a knot in my stomach, as it dawned on me that Loach’s portrayal of a poverty-stricken Britain couldn’t be closer […]

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British Films, Reviews

Boy A (2008)

Can you blame a man for a crime he committed as a child? This is one of the questions melodrama, Boy A – adapted from Johnathan Tigwell’s novel – explores in abundance. The film tells the story of a rehabilitated juvenile killer (Garfield), the newspapers once called “Boy A”. After spending fourteen years in prison, he attempts […]

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British Films, Reviews

Filth (2013)

It’s a filthy job getting to the top, especially for corrupt Edinburgh cop, Bruce Robertson (James McAvoy), who’s determined to secure a promotion to detective inspector. Drug-abusing and hard-drinking, he’s willing to do whatever means necessary to get what he wants. I’m always a sucker for any film starring James McAvoy. In comedy-drama Filth, adapted from […]

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British Films, Reviews

Sightseers (2012): Killer Road Trip Movie 

Why are British directors so good at making gritty and brutally comical films? That’s what we get in Ben Wheatley’s Sightseers. It’s a horror-comedy about a couple, Chris (Steve Oram) and Tina (Alice Lowe), who go on a cross-country road trip, and unleash their homicidal rage on anyone who rubs them up the wrong way. […]

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British Films, Cult Classics, Reviews

Trainspotting (1996)

Over twenty years on and Trainspotting is still a timeless classic. Seriously, how can anyone not like it? Little compares to the glorious adventures of heroin addict Renton (Ewen McGreggor), and his five friends: Spud (Ewen Bremmer), Sick Boy (Johnny Lee Miller), Begbie (Robert Carlyle) and Tommy (Kevin McKidd). They are Scottish youths living in Edinburgh, deeply immersed […]

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British Films, Reviews

Four Lions (2010)

Who would have thought a film about jihad terrorists would be funny? Four Lions is a fearlessly brilliant political satire. It follows the mishaps of a group of British extremist Muslim men, who aspire to be suicide bombers. The film presents the terrorists not as sinister enemies to be feared, but as clumsy and idiotic, completely […]

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British Films, Reviews

Eden Lake (2008)

An ordinary middle-class couple, Jenny (Kelly Reilly) and Steve (Michael Fassbender) enjoy the sunshine on a camping trip by a remote lake, but their harmony is soon disrupted by a gang of delinquent teenagers. What begins as a relaxing holiday, drastically shifts into something far more horrifying than Jenny and Steve could have ever imagined. […]

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