Have you ever got up one day and thought “Today, I’d really like to watch a drama about competing Talmudic scholars at an Israeli university”? No, neither had we. More fool us, frankly, because Footnote is absolutely superb – funny, poignant and cynical, it will draw you into a rarefied world you never knew existed.
Tired of going to a bland old West End cinema, paying £8 for a popcorn combo and crying salty tears all the way through the latest piece of superhero big budget low quality rubbish, lamenting the state of exhibition practices these days? Do you long for the days of all nighters, of midnight movies, of dirty dive bars that stick a blanket to the wall as a makeshift screen? Well, you’re not the only one, as we pay tribute to the groups that are bringing movies out of the cinema, and re-igniting our love for the big screen.
Crazy bitch Juliette Lewis gets back to her hillbilly, gun-toting role-roots, and it’s about damned time.
Jeff Bridges’ apparently immovable jaw leads a beautifully crafted three-hander in the Coen Brothers’ True Grit. A confidently gentle pace and sparse backdrop means the focus of this Western re-make is always on the shifting central relationships rather than action- and though this may make for slightly frustrating viewing for shoot-em-up-ride-em-off lovers, the payoff is well worth the (slightly) clippety-cloppety ride.
Hurrah! We think.