Publicity still from the classic supernatural chiller ‘The haunting’
My 10 for November
This month’s selection ranges from drama and documentaries to musicals and horror, from Sweden and Canada to Thialand and China. The themes range from war (thin red line/City of life and death), ecology (Walkabout), politics (The U.S vs John Lennon) to werewoves (Gingersnaps). Enjoy
Next month besides posting my 10 for the month i’l be posting by personal pick of the year’s best movies.
Book of the month– ‘Asian Horror’ by Andy Richards (Kamera Books)
'Sunshine on Lieth' poster
Sunshine on Lieth (U.K) (2013) (Musical/drama)
The film begins with Davy and Ally, a couple of soldiers back from a tour of duty, returning to civilian life back in their hometown, Edinburgh. Ally renews his relationship with Davy’s sister Liz, while Davy links up with her mate, Yvonne. Also at the centre of the drama are Liz’s parents, Jean and Rab who’s relationship is under threat following a revelation from the past.
The film, adapted from the stage musical, benefits from warm, engaging performances from its cast especially Jane Horrocks and Peter Mullan and by a, at turns, moving and rousing, soundtrack by the Proclaimers. The Scottish setting is also a welcome change. The film does however have some flaws including a cliche ridden plot, resulting in a slightly contrived feel. The film however is a refreshing change from the usual fare at the multiplex. Proclaimers fans will enjoy the selection of tracks from the Anthemic ‘Letter to America’ to lesser known numbers. And it could be argued that for fans and non fans alike, the movie’s show stopping finale, a energetic (‘500 miles’)outside Edinburgh’s Art Gallery is worth the enterance fee alone. Undemanding, but warm and uplifting. The singing’s pretty good too - just the thing to help get in a xmas mood. If you live in the U.K this should be at a cinema near you as we speak.
At a cinema near you…now (In the U.K anyway) - more ‘Sunshine on Lieth’ (See November)
Sunshine on Lieth (See November)