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Posts Tagged ‘ Cannes ’

Five Films That May Have Slipped Through Your Radar

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The most anticipated film of the summer, Guardians of the Galaxy, makes its debut this week. While Guardians will undoubtedly enjoy the same success as this year’s previous blockbuster hits such as The Lego Movie, X-Men: Days Of Future Past, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and the more recent Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes, it is worth taking a look at some of this year’s lesser know cinematic entries.

The film industry currently churns out more big screen outings a year than ever before, which sadly means we have to trawl through mountains of sparkly vampire love stories and Michael Bay presents too-many-explosions-for-its-own-good movie fluff, to uncover the real diamonds in the rough. Fortunately, you don’t have to, because since the invention of the internet, others can do the trawling for you and tell you what’s hot and what’s not. Continue reading

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The Angels’ Share

Another masterpiece from director Ken Loach and writer Paul Laverty, The Angels’ Share was shown in Cannes where it deservedly won the Jury award, and it is right up there with their previous hits, Sweet Sixteen, My Name is Joe and Looking for Eric.

Newcomer Paul Brannigan, plays Robbie, a young Glasgow criminal who is about to become a father, much to the displeasure of his girlfriend’s family.

Robbie narrowly manages to escape a prison sentence for serious assault and receives a community service order where he meets fellow lawbreakers Mo (Jasmin Riggins), Rhino (William Ruane) and Albert (Gary Maitland) whilst painting a community centre.

After the birth of his son, Robbie is determined to go straight and provide for his new family, but his past catches up with him. When it looks as if he has found a nice flat for his new family in a decent area, he discovers that his long term enemy has discovered the address. His only other option is to take a £5,000 bribe from his prospective father in law to leave his girlfriend and son to start a new life in London.

Thankfully,Harry, the community service supervisor with the heart of gold who is played by the excellent John Henshaw takes Robbie and the gang under his wing, and introduces them to the delights of fine whisky during an outing to a distillery.

Whilst there, they learn that some whisky evaporates in the cask, which is known as the “angels’ share” and this sparks an idea about how they could steal some valuable spirits from a recently discovered cask.

Brannigan’s own story mirrors Robbie’s. Both his parents had  major problems with drugs, and he was spotted by scriptwriter Paul Laverty at the Strathclyde police’s Violence Reduction Unit, where he teaches four hours of football a week. His past includes a four year prison sentence after a gun battle when he was sixteen, and he has been slashed, stabbed and shot at. The prominent scar on his cheek is real and was incurred after a fight with his brother.

Although mainly a feel-good film, watch out for the powerful intervention scene where Robbie is forced to confront an innocent victim of his violence.

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