Critically acclaimed documentary Rom Boys: 40 Years of Rad coming to Romford Film Festival this June
Director: Lisa Barros D’Sa, Glenn Leyburn
Writer: Owen McCafferty (Screenplay)
Starring: Lesley Manville, Liam Neeson, Esh Alladi, Melanie Clark Pullen, Matthew Sharpe, Geraldine McAlinden
Plot: An extraordinary look at the lives of a middle-aged couple in the midst of the wife’s breast cancer diagnosis.
Tagline – Love doesn’t give up.
Runtime: 1 Hour 32 Minutes
There may be spoilers in the rest of the review
Story: Ordinary Love starts as we meet Joan (Manville) and Tom (Neeson) a retired couple that go about their everyday routine, until one day Joan discovers a lump on her breast, Tom remains strong as Joan goes through the procedure that will to investigate the lump, learning she has breast cancer.
As Joan starts her treatment, Tom does all he can to help, being there for every appointment and every session, making she Joan has the support she needs through the treatment.
Thoughts on Ordinary Love
Characters – Joan is the one that discovers she has a lump and must go through the cancer treatment, she is filled with the fears that come with it, hoping and fighting to make sure she can beat it. To is the supportive husband that is looking to remaining strong through ever moment, showing his frustrating of the hospital, while alone he is broken inside. The pair give us a realistic look at how the treatment can put a strain through even one of the strongest relationships between two people that love each other.
Performances – Lesley Manville and Liam Neeson are both incredible in this role, to give us such a natural couple image on screen, going through such a tragic event.
Story – The story here follows a retired couple that have a simple life which gets changed by when one get diagnosed with cancer and we see how the pair look to fight through this horrible disease. This is a raw story that shows how a couple will work together through one of the worst events of their lives, how it will bring a strain on their relationship, change things, but the love will always be there between them.
Romance – The romance side of the film shows just how much the couple love each other, despite what they have been through and how much they must work together through the treatments.
Settings – The film gives us an everyday setting to show us how the lives of the couple are simple and even the treatment can be an everyday routine to keep.
Scene of the Movie – Tom confined in their daughter’s grave.
Final Thoughts – Ordinary Love is one of the most realistic looks at love through the most difficult times, with stellar performances from Lesley Manville and Liam Neeson.
Writer: Per Fly, Daniel Pyne (Screenplay) Michael Soussan (Book)
Starring: Theo James, Ben Kingsley, Belcim Bilgin, Jacqueline Bisset, Peshang Rad, Daniela Lavender, Rachel Wilson
Plot: A young program coordinator at the United Nations stumbles upon a conspiracy involving Iraq’s oil reserves.
Tagline – If You Dig Too Deep, You May Not Like What Comes Up
Runtime: 1 Hour 48 Minutes
There may be spoilers in the rest of the review
Verdict: Political 101
Story: Backstabbing for Beginners starts as a young programmer Michael Sullivan (James) takes a role in the food for oil system working under Pasha (Kingsley), once in Bagdad, he learns of the bigger picture going on, seeing the problems the field office of the UN would have.
Thoughts on Backstabbing for Beginners
Characters – Michael Sullivan takes a career change, he steps up to become a member of a UN representative company involving in trading oil for food, here he works under experienced dealer and must learn the reality of the world he has entered, filled with corruption, one he wants to try and expose after falling in love. Pasha is the mentor to Michael, he walks him into the world, shows him how to play the system, even if he is using the system to get everything he wants. Nashim is a Kurdish woman with no home country, she is trying to get close to find someone who will expose the truth to give her people home.
Performances – Theo James does step up from the young adult films where he had struggle to make a true impact, his mature performance shows his skills on a new level. Ben Kingsley is as always great to watch in any film, with this being no different. Belcim Bilgin is also great to watch through the film, showing how desperate to help her people in the film.
Story – The story here follows Michael Sullivan a young man that takes a job working for a UN company, only to learn the truth about what is going on with the corruption within the UN and is left to decide whether to expose the corruption within the group or continue to let in run. This is the typical political thriller, which is based on the true story, even though you would expect to see most of the true details would still be undercover. It does play out just like you would expect, with it being almost like a game between mentor and student, which will go the way you would expect.
Romance – The romance comes from seeing how Michael finds love with a translator who will be key to help him make up his decision.
Settings – The film uses the Bagdad settings to show how the dealings could take place, with danger in each corner.
Scene of the Movie – The inspection.
Final Thoughts – This is the a by the book political thriller that does show just how corrupt the UN has become.
Overall: By the Book.