T2: TRAINSPOTTING

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Danny Boyle Stars: Ewan McGregor, Ewen Bremner, Jonny Lee Miller, Robert Carlyle, Anjela Nedyalkova, Kelly MacDonald, Shirley Henderson, Gordon Kennedy. Released in 1996, Trainspotting overcame its modest origins to become an instant cult classic. Based on Irvine Welsh’s 1993 snarky anarchic novel about four friends and set against the backdrop of the gritty underbelly of Edinburgh’s drug culture Trainspotting seemed to define a generation and speak to the disenfranchised and alienated youth of the time. Trainspotting followed Continue reading

SUNSHINE ON LEITH

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Dexter Fletcher Stars: George MacKay, Kevin Guthrie, Freya Mavor, Antonia Thomas, Peter Mullan, Jane Horrocks, Jason Flemyng. Sunshine On Leith is the second film from Scottish actor turned director Dexter Fletcher (from the tv series Press Gang, etc), whose first film Wild Bill screened at MIFF in 2012. This feelgood musical drama is a marked contrast to that dour, gritty drama, and it takes its title from the second album for cult Scottish band The Proclaimers, best known for their 1988 hit I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles). It also does for Continue reading

THE ILLUSIONIST

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Sylvain Chomet Stars: voices of Jean-Claude Donda, Eilidh Rankin. Not to be confused with Neil Burger’s 2006 drama starring Edward Norton, the Oscar-nominated The Illusionist is the latest animated film from Sylvain Chomet, the creator of the marvelous Triplets Of Belleville. As is to be expected, the traditional hand-drawn animation is superb, rich in detail and full of vibrant colours, and is in the style of the animated films of master Japanese animator Miyazaki. The film is based on the 1959 script written by the late Continue reading