How many times has John Carney made a charming, heartfelt and downright lovable movie about the spark between two people inspiring the recording of an album? Once. Because while Begin Again has everything Carney's debut had, and more - same basic plot, but with big-name stars, platinum-selling musicians, and a substantially bigger budget - it also has considerably less of what made Once such a charming little gem of a film.
The will they/won't they love story between a busker…
This fascinating documentary has such a compelling narrative that its dramatic structure rivals that of many a fictional “true crime” story. Tension builds, disturbing questions are raised and our captivating Imposter, Frédéric Bourdin, is framed to look straight into the camera, almost directly addressing us, and making us complicit in his act.
It’s staggering what people will believe when they really want a lie to be the truth, but in a way, for much of the film, the audience is…
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
We need to talk about We Need to Talk About Kevin. Why? Because, along with Black Swan, it was the best movie I saw in 2011.
I was half-way through the brilliant novel when the film was released in the UK, and the more I read, the more impressed I was with Lynne Ramsay’s adaptation. Though she elected not to reprise the format of Eva Khatchadourian’s letters to her husband, Ramsay opted for a non-linear narrative; a disruptive technique which…