The Old Oak (2023)

Films like Ken Loach’s The Old Oak are why I am still so passionate about well-crafted films, especially those dealing with the down and out, those oppressed by the powerful. His latest protest parable, written by frequent collaborator Paul Laverty, celebrates those victimized by a series of UK conservative powers during the latter years of …

Love Actually (2003)

Written and directed by Richard Curtis, who also wrote Four Weddings and a Funeral, Notting Hill and Bridget Jones’s Diary, Love Actually has much to recommend it, despite a couple of storylines of questionable taste. The film is book-ended by scenes of arrivals and departures at London’s Heathrow Airport, as we hear a narrator state …

Living (2022)

In this remake of a Kurosawa classic a London bureaucrat finds meaning for his life when he pushes through a neglected children’s park project.