Out Now – 10th January 2014

12 Years A Slave

One of this year’s biggest award contenders is out today. It’s not an easy watch but is essential viewing if you want to be able to have an awards based conversation in the next few months. You are fully within your rights to avoid these conversations if you wish, they are at the end of the day meaningless as I’ve already told you what the top ten films of 2013 are.

The Railway Man
I’ve just read a review of this film in order to be better informed for you and what I have gleaned is that Colin Firth is good and Nicole Kidman is bad. In all honesty I pretty much guessed that from looking at the poster. Firth plays a former POW who was forced to work on World War II’s “Death Railway” and later on tracks down his old torturer. One for the Firth completist or Kidman apologist.

12 Years a Slave
Having seen 12 Years a Slave at the London Film Festival I was so moved by it that I rushed to a coffee shop to write up my review in the couple of hours I had before the next screening. I can’t be sure in the resulting review was remotely coherent but it is available for you to read should you need it. Chiwetel Ejiofor stars as a free man kidnapped and sold into slavery and his 12 years of captivity are shown in brutal detail. To quote myself: “12 Years a Slave is a searing film that takes its weighty subject seriously whilst not scrimping on cinematic artistry.”

Delivery Man
Onto less weighty fare now as Vince Vaughn stars as a man who has fathered over 500 children through sperm donations made 20 years ago. His past spermal generosity comes back to haunt him when hundreds of his offspring unite to pressure him to reveal his identity. Reviews are awful so I’d avoid if you can.

Kiss the Water
“In a small cottage on the northern coast of Scotland, Megan Boyd twirled tiny bits of feather and fur, silver and gold into fishing flies that were at once works of art, magical – and absolutely lethal. Wherever men and women cast their lines for the mighty Atlantic salmon, her name is whispered in mythic reverence, and stories about her surface and swirl like fairy tales.” Good luck! A slightly more helpful summary might be “A poetic portrait of the world’s most celebrated maker of salmon fishing flies, Megan Boyd.”

Exposed: Beyond Burlesque
Documentary following eight burlesque performers or “eight women and men who use their nakedness to transport us beyond the last sexual and social taboos that our society holds dear”. Just reading this summary tells me that this is very much a celebration of burlesque and one that is likely to look down on someone like me who would spend the entire show focussing on the performer’s eyes so as not to seem rude or inappropriate.

After Tiller
We’re back to heavier topics again with a documentary about life after the death of Dr. George Tiller in Kansas who was one of only four doctors in America willing to perform third-trimester abortions. The documentary looks at the remaining trio and the harassment they receive on a daily basis. Great date movie that could potentially provide a healthy argument for you and your loved one.

Bounty Killer
Trashy looking bit of nonsense about bounty killers.

Bounty Killer
noun
1. compete for body count, fame and a fat stack of cash.
2. ending the plague of corporate greed and providing the survivors of the apocalypse with retribution.

1: Life on the Limit
“Set in the golden era of Grand Prix Racing ‘1’ tells the story of a generation of charismatic drivers who raced on the edge, risking their lives during Formula 1’s deadliest period, and the men who stood up and changed the sport forever.”