Dancing Out of China

Submitted by Robert Alstead on Thu, 05/06/2010 - 09:47

One of the trickiest aspects of creating drama from a celebrated artist's life is finding an actor who can convey both the emotional life and the talent of that artist. It takes an accomplished actor to provide a convincing face to that artist and an excellent artist to convey the talent.

Ravishing animation in so-so Celtic quest story

Submitted by Robert Alstead on Tue, 04/06/2010 - 17:04

The Book of Kells is one of the oldest Celtic manuscripts dating back to the times when Norsemen terrorised communities along European shores raping and pillaging wherever they went.

The manuscript itself is revered for its intricate and beautifully hand-drawn illustrations, but is surrounded by mystery. The Secret of Kells, drawn in appropriately flowing, exquisite colours, tells the story of how the book survived the marauding invaders that ransacked Kells.

Artful working class Brit flick

Submitted by Robert Alstead on Tue, 03/16/2010 - 23:38

Fish Tank is one of those gritty working class, Brit flicks that makes few concessions to the demands of commercial cinema. Set in the grimy hinterlands of contemporary underclass England, it's a rite of passage drama about a bored and stroppy teenager Mia whose transition into adulthood begins when her mum brings a new man home to their grungy, high-rise flat.

It's Hurt Locker's Night At the Oscars

Submitted by Robert Alstead on Sun, 03/07/2010 - 23:32

The Hurt Locker was expected to fare well at the Oscars, but even the team behind the Afghanistan-set feature looked like they never dreamed of doing quite as well as this. In the end, they took six Oscars, including the big two - Best Picture and Best Director, for Kathryn Bigelow (as I predicted in my Oscars preview).Amazingly, this was the first time a woman has ever won a Best Director award. The Hurt Locker also won Best Sound Editing, Best Sound Mixing, Best Film Editing, and Best Original Screenplay.