Tag Archives: Stephen Graham

Gangs of New York Review

Religious warfare spilling out onto the streets of a fractured America should be a fantastic draw for the great actors of the early 2000s. It was. Gangs of New York has such a strong cast to it and a great director behind it, Martin Scorsese. It is a bold and brash piece that features all the typical treatises and topics of a period piece that sets the Catholic and Protestant forces against one another on the streets of America. Scorsese is keen to guide that scope with some incredible casting choices and a knack for knowing how to handle that. Smooth the egos, set up the right levels of screentime and capture captivating performances from actors getting to grips with a thick and promising screenplay.

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Boiling Point Review

“If there was any justice in this world, I would have been a dead man two times over,” Anthony Bourdain once wrote. The life of a chef seems stressful, demanding and maddening. Boiling Point shows that. Bourdain has been described as the culinary Hunter S Thompson. He dabbled in drink and drugs as much as that. Gordon Ramsay is popularised for his temper, Wolfgang Puck for quite the opposite. Should Boiling Point ever find a larger audience, it will be on those that depend on the Bourdain’s and Ramsay’s of their generation. Those temperaments and tactical breakdowns that bring the life of a chef straight to the burning heat of a kitchen. It is hard not to find the art and beauty of a kitchen now, but Boiling Point pairs Stephen Graham with all the foibles of the great chefs of a past generation.

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The Damned United Review

Cinema lacks ample football drama. We are presented with the hooliganism of Green Street or the obsessive addiction of Fever Pitch. Sometimes, we suspend our disbelief as audiences and struggle through the hyperviolence only Danny Dyer could present in The Football Factory. Where are the films taking a bite out of the controversies of the real world? The Damned United is a good example. Michael Sheen portrays Brian Clough, a legendary player of great tenure and legacy, depicting his doomed 44-day run as head coach at Leeds United.  Continue reading The Damned United Review