The feature film debut of writer-director Ryan Coogler and showcase for a commanding performance by Michael B. Jordan, Fruitvale Station is the story of a true tragedy that befell Oscar Grant at the hands of over zealous cops in 2009. Shot on the fly in verite style, the film's brief run time outlines Grant's final day and the events which conspired to bring about his demise.
An utterly compelling, heart-rendering experience - one of last year's very best films.
The brainchild of British cult moviemaking duo Christian James (director) and Dan Palmer (writer, actor), Stalled follows on the heels of feature debut Freak Out. The spare, almost-genius concept is that of a janitor trapped in an toilet cubicle as a zombie outbreak takes hold of the office building where he works. Given that 90% of the film's 84 minute running time occupies such a confined space it's to its maker's credit that Stalled manages to constantly entertain and surprise.
Clearly a case of innovation winning over budget constraints. Stalled is great.
Not an F1 fan, nor am I a lover of sports in general but this film is great. The two central performances are both effortless in their greatness and the actors play off each other well. Morgan's script is great and Howard keeps the whole thing buzzing along at a tremendous pace.
I am really surprised by how much I liked this film.
Wow! Now here's a film that lets the viewer think for a change. A brilliant piece of writing and a cracking ensemble headed-up by a terrifically fearless performance from James McAvoy.
Given that it's based on a book by Irvine Welsh there are bound to be comparisons to Danny Boyle's adaptation of Trainspotting but rest assured, Filth holds its own.