Film review: ‘PAIN AND GLORY’ by Nick Gardener from ‘Built For Speed’

For nearly 40 years, Spanish director Pedro Almodóvar’s films have intrigued, infuriated and delighted audiences. His provocative but highly personalised subject matter, idiosyncratic style, striking images and ability to draw searing performances from his cast have made his films the arthouse equivalent of event cinema. His latest film, Pain And Glory, the third in a semi-autobiographical trilogy, features most of

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Film review: ZOOLANDER NO.2, from ‘Built For Speed’

The original Zoolander was a genuinely funny, inventive comedy that affectionately mocked the bizarre world of high fashion. With its endearingly silly humour, excellent use of music and its unusually striking pop-art visual style, the film melted audience cynicism and ensconced itself in that list of repeat watch DVD’s. It greatest triumph, though, was to create indelible characters who have

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Film review: THE COUNSELOR, from Built For Speed

Some films look amazing on paper but suck on the big screen.  The Counselor is one such film.  Helmed by one of Hollywood’s most artistically inspired directors in Ridley Scott, scripted by one of the most acclaimed authors of the last 50 years in Cormac McCarthy and featuring a dream team cast of Michael Fassbender, Penelope Cruz, Javier Bardem, Cameron

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Film review: TO ROME WITH LOVE, from Built For Speed

After the wonderful nostalgic fantasy Midnight in Paris, Woody Allen’s European tour hits a major pothole with the uninspired To Rome with love.  This frothy, feather-light film features mostly unsympathetic characters in the midst of mild romantic dilemmas that are rarely interesting or funny. The film has four main story threads all of which examine the strange corrupting lure of

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