Film review: The good lord offers little salvation in the horrific Saint Maud

Movie "Saint Maud"

Rose Glass delivers a blistering debut horror that sees a young nurse struggle to cope with isolation, temptation and salvation.

Psalm 31:23

Love the Lord, all you his saints! The Lord preserves the faithful.

The philosophy and morality of the Bible are so interwoven into our society, that it seems we’ve chosen the parts we’re ok with, and discarded the rest. It’s easy to forget then the sheer brutality contained within a book that was written and amended thousands of years ago, guided by the voices of evermore contradictory men who twisted (or upheld) the supposed word of God. In Saint Maud that viciousness is brought to life when a private nurse attempts to “save” the soul of her patient, an enigmatic former dancer whose body has been taken over by cancer. One of God’s cruellest tricks. Continue reading

Movies to See this summer

Fanny Lye Deliver'd
Maxine Peake and Charles Dance in Fanny Lye Deliver’d

theartsdesk recommends the movies to see

There are films to meet every taste in theartsdesk’s guide to the best movies currently on release. In our considered opinion, any of the titles below is well worth your attention.

7500 ★★★★ Debut thriller will have you avoiding airports for good

A White, White Day ★★★★ Gripping Icelandic portrait of grief, love and vengeance

Days of the Bagnold Summer ★★★★ A wry suburban drama from debut director Simon Bird

Fanny Lye Deliver’d ★★★★ Blistering English civil war western starring Maxine Peake

Joan of Arc ★★★★ Part two of Bruno Dumont’s musical biopic ranges from scathing to compassionate

Krabi, 2562 ★★★★ Documentary and fiction combine in an unusual guided tour

On the Record ★★★★ #MeToo turns its lens to the music industry, gives the mic to women of colour

The Dead and the Others ★★★★ Dreamlike journey set in indigenous Brazilian community

The King of Staten Island ★★★★ Judd Apatow’s best work in a decade

The Vast of Night ★★★★★ Teenage sleuths track visitors from afar in an impeccable low-budget indie

Old British Films, Boring? Pshaw!

The passage of time tends to make old films more interesting, such as these seven films of the late ’40s and ’50s from British directors John Boulting, Carol Reed, David Lean, Anthony Kimmins, Charles Frend, Guy Hamilton, and Leslie Norman.

Boring British Movies

Growing up as a callow nascent film buff, lost in the candy store of VHS tapes and TV Guide, I gathered that British films were mostly dull old things. With a few exceptions, they were talky sub-Hollywood productions, at best well-acted but lacking oomph and pizzazz and élan and je ne sais quoi. I partly got this impression from English critics, and some of the tatty VHS and TV prints I saw reinforced this idea.

As the years passed, I had to note more and more exceptions until the old canard became festooned with mental asterisks and parentheses. Today, with so many classic British films that haven’t circulated in the US finally hitting Region 1 in sparkling restorations on Blu-ray, I’m officially concluding that the spotty dismissal of British cinema is what deserves to be dismissed.

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The 50 greatest Welsh films of all time

It may only be small, but Wales has always punched above its weight in Hollywood . So here’s our list of the 50 best Welsh films through the ages – some you may have forgotten, some you may never have heard of and others you’ve watched more times than you can remember.

The titles on the list were either shot here, set here, written and/or directed by a Welsh person or starred a famous Welsh actor.
Source WALES ONLINE: The 50 greatest Welsh films of all time – Wales Online

Mike Leigh’s historic drama Peterloo to premiere in the same place the 1819 massacre took place 

Maxine Peake (above) stars as one of the 80,000 Northerners who gathered in August 1819

Maxine Peake, the star of Mike Leigh’s new historical drama Peterloo, addressed a Manchester crowd gathered to pay tribute to the film’s bloody political battle.

Peake, 44, made an impassioned speech to crowds gathered to commemorate the massacre which occurred on the same date and in the same place, 199 years ago.The English actress, who stars as Nellie in the film, called the massacre ‘an outrage of which humanity recoils with horror and which is a foul stain upon our national character [ . . . ]

'How inspired and generous of the Festival to screen Peterloo in Manchester, where it all happened! I'm truly delighted!' Mike Leigh, who is a native of Salford, said
Director Mike Leigh

Source: Mike Leigh’s historic drama Peterloo to premiere in the same place the 1819 massacre took place | Daily Mail Online