Tag Archives: Peter Mullan

Mowgli

THE GREATEST JOURNEY IS FINDING WHERE YOU BELONG. A human boy is raised by a pack of Indian wolves in the jungle; he wants to be a full member of the pack, but his future is uncertain… A significantly darker version of Rudyard Kipling’s tale, primarily remembered thanks to two Disney movies. This one has … Continue reading Mowgli

Olive Kitteridge: Til Death Do Us Part

THERE’S NO SUCH THING AS A SIMPLE LIFE. Six years ago, Frances McDormand read “Olive Kitteridge” by Elizabeth Strout. This was at a time when the actress had watched The Wire (2002-2008) and realized how a sprawling story could be told in a television format. In McDormand’s mind, “Olive Kitteridge” could not be made as … Continue reading Olive Kitteridge: Til Death Do Us Part

Hercules

BEFORE HE WAS A LEGEND, HE WAS A MAN. After completing his twelve labors, Hercules (Dwayne Johnson) becomes the leader of a merry band of mercenaries and is hired by the King of Thrace (John Hurt) to defeat a warlord. A surprisingly entertaining action-adventure from Brett Ratner, released the same year as The Legend of … Continue reading Hercules

Top of the Lake

NO ORDINARY PLACE. NO ORDINARY CRIME. In a small New Zealand town, 11-year-old Tui (Jacqueline Joe) tries to drown herself but is saved; when the school nurse discovers that she’s pregnant, a Sydney Detective (Elisabeth Moss) is hired to investigate. This heavily lauded miniseries was compared to Twin Peaks, but it’s more like The Killing … Continue reading Top of the Lake

War Horse

SEPARATED BY WAR. TESTED BY BATTLE. BOUND BY FRIENDSHIP. Shortly before World War I, English teenager Albert Narracott (Jeremy Irvine) teaches a young horse, Joey, to plough his father’s fields, but circumstances constantly find new challenges – and companions – for the Thoroughbred. Only a filmmaker like Steven Spielberg could get away with this kind … Continue reading War Horse

Red Riding: In the Year of Our Lord 1983

West Yorkshire, 1983; as attorney John Piggott (Mark Addy) discovers that a prisoner was framed for the disappearance of a young girl, Detective Superintendent Maurice Jobson (David Morrissey) suffers pangs of conscience. The final entry in this superior crime trilogy reconnects with the first film and peels back the last layers of the mystery; we … Continue reading Red Riding: In the Year of Our Lord 1983

Red Riding: In the Year of Our Lord 1980

West Yorkshire, 1980; an outsider (Paddy Considine) is brought into the local police force in an attempt to inject fresh blood into the hunt for the Yorkshire Ripper, but he’s not welcomed with open arms. The middle part of this trilogy is the most “cinematic” of the films, delivered in widescreen by the innovative director … Continue reading Red Riding: In the Year of Our Lord 1980