All articles by: Patrick Mulcahy

Film: Survival as intimate epic

Published: August 2, 2017
Written by Patrick Mulcahy

Dunkirk Director:?Christopher Nolan Nothing in British writer-director ­Christopher Nolan’s oeuvre – not Memento, Inception nor the Dark Knight trilogy – prepares you for the Second World War spectacle Dunkirk. It …

Film: Park City in Piccadilly

Published: July 6, 2017
Written by Patrick Mulcahy

Sundance London 2017 For four days in June, Park City Utah came to Piccadilly Circus. Sundance London returned with a selection of independently-produced American films – dramas, documentaries and the …

Film: Zac and Rock at bay

Published: June 17, 2017
Written by Patrick Mulcahy

Baywatch Director: Seth Gordon Zac Efron needs better career advice. For the past three years, he has been cast against type as a hard partier who would defend his right …

Film: Comedic outrage

Published: June 6, 2017
Written by Patrick Mulcahy

The Other Side of Hope Director: Aki Kaurismäki The Other Side of Hope (Toivon Tuolla Puolen) is writer-director Aki Kaurismäki’s second film, after 2011’s Le Havre, on a refugee theme. …

Film: Unshakeable sights

Published: May 20, 2017
Written by Patrick Mulcahy

Lady Macbeth Director: William Oldroyd Their Finest Director: Lone Scherfig Normally in a cinema-going year I struggle to see one British movie that is truly ­exceptional. It is only May …

Film: See Emily play

Published: May 10, 2017
Written by Patrick Mulcahy

A Quiet Passion Director: Terence Davies Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Director: James Gunn A Quiet Passion, a biopic of the poet Emily Dickinson, is the first Terence Davies …

Film: Fast learning curve

Published: April 21, 2017
Written by Patrick Mulcahy

Graduation Director: Cristian Mungiu A Moving Image Director: Shola Amoo On Transparency International’s 2016 “Perceptions of Corruption” index, where a score of 100 denotes “very clean” and 0 is “highly …

Film: Firestarter and prodigy

Published: April 11, 2017
Written by Patrick Mulcahy

Free Fire Director: Ben Wheatley Another Mother’s Son Director: Christopher Menaul Director Ben Wheatley’s sixth feature, Free Fire, is a human cartoon, in which two trading partners are soured by …

Film: Tense and resonant

Published: March 27, 2017
Written by Patrick Mulcahy

The Salesman Director: Asghar Farhadi Aquarius Director: Kleber Mendonça Filho In its print version, the newspaper Metro bizarrely described the open-air screening on February 26 of The Salesman (pictured) at …

Film: Moonlight serenade

Published: March 12, 2017
Written by Patrick Mulcahy

Moonlight Director: Barry Jenkins Elle Director: Paul Verhoeven I normally only miss the American Academy Awards on TV if I am in a medically-induced coma – it happened in 2012 …

Film: Burger to meal ticket

Published: February 28, 2017
Written by Patrick Mulcahy

The Founder Director: Niall McCann   Lost in France Director: Niall McCann A cinematic account of the man who took someone else’s idea, franchised it, made millions and then stole …

Film: All that glitters

Published: February 11, 2017
Written by Patrick Mulcahy

Gold Director: Stephen Gaghan Toni Erdmann Director Maren Ade You can’t chase an Oscar nomination; you have to let it surprise you. This is a lesson not yet learned by …

Film: Redemption trail

Published: January 29, 2017
Written by Patrick Mulcahy

Hacksaw Ridge Director: Mel Gibson Lion Director Garth Davis Whatever one thinks of Mel Gibson the man – troubled, offensive, with two criminal convictions for drunken driving and battery erased …

Film: The man, the myth

Published: December 20, 2016
Written by Patrick Mulcahy

Snowden Dir: Oliver Stone Early on in the “what made him do it” drama, Snowden, Edward Snowden (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) is asked: “Why do you want to join the CIA?” “Because …

Film: Oblique reflections

Published: December 20, 2016
Written by Patrick Mulcahy

Films Of the Year My first response to the annual request for “films of the year” was to concentrate less on the “films” and more on the “year’. Politically, 2016 …

Film: Ring flick minor hit

Published: December 3, 2016
Written by Patrick Mulcahy

Bleed for This Director: Ben Younger The Unknown Girl (La Fille Inconnue) Directors: Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc ­Dardenne In spite of having a compelling story to tell – how lightweight turned …

Film: Diamond dogs

Published: November 18, 2016
Written by Patrick Mulcahy

Dog Eat Dog Director: Paul Schrader Nocturnal Animals Director: Tom Ford As a screenwriter, Paul Schrader peaked early with Taxi Driver, his 1976 study of urban alienation composed through “problem-metaphor-plot-technique”. …

Film: Called to account

Published: November 4, 2016
Written by Patrick Mulcahy

The Accountant Director: Gavin O’Connor A Street Cat Named Bob Director: Roger Spottiswoode Hollywood doesn’t know how to portray autism. According to a 2014 report by the (US) Centre of …

Film: Celebration of the insular

Published: October 25, 2016
Written by Patrick Mulcahy

London Film Festival 2016 The London Film Festival is traditionally a “festival of festivals” where the best films shown at Rotterdam, Berlin, Cannes and Venice are premiered in the UK. …

Film: Desert island dead

Published: October 11, 2016
Written by Patrick Mulcahy

Swiss Army Man Directors: Daniel Kwan and Daniel ­Scheinert The Lovers and the Despot Director: Peter Berg   Two guys named Daniel (surnames Kwan and Scheinert) direct another Daniel (Radcliffe) …