Film Review: In the Heart of the Sea (2015)

"The story of the Essex is the story of two men," we are told early in Ron Howard's latest film, the maritime adventure yarn, In the Heart of the Sea. It is a disingenuous statement however. While the film does grapple with important themes and contains a thrilling moment or two, it lacks well-written characters - male or female.…Read more Film Review: In the Heart of the Sea (2015)

Film Review: The Wind That Shakes the Barley (2006)

Thematically complex, emotionally powerful and brutally un-romanticized, Ken Loach‘s The Wind That Shakes the Barely is a towering portrait of the Irish War of Independence and is one of the prolific director’s best films. While hardly objective in its treatment of history (all of the British figures are defined only by their anonymity or their…Read more Film Review: The Wind That Shakes the Barley (2006)