Mike Leigh

Film Review: Eccentric Story of ‘Mr. Turner’ Still Visually Arresting

Mr. Turner

CHICAGO – The thing that can be said for British writer/director Mike Leigh is that it’s never known what story may capture his fancy. The auteur of “Happy-Go-Lucky,” “Topsy-Turvy,” “Secrets and Lies” and “Life is Sweet” now tackles the last quarter century of a notable British painter’s life, through his strange maneuverings and unconventionality, in “Mr. Turner.”

Blu-ray Review: Mike Leigh Notches Another Criterion with ‘Life is Sweet’

Life is Sweet

CHICAGO – There have been several stellar editions of Mike Leigh films released under The Criterion Collection banner, including “Topsy-Turvy” and “Naked.” The latest is one of our best working directors more underappreciated films, “Life is Sweet,” a clever little slice-of-humanity that doesn’t have the drama of “Vera Drake” or “Secrets & Lies” and so has always been a bit under the radar when discussing Leigh’s work. I’m truly happy the Criterion Collection has ventured to change that oversight.

Blu-Ray Review: Searing ‘Naked’ Remains One of Mike Leigh’s Best

Naked

CHICAGO – Mike Leigh is now widely recognized as one of the best living directors, delivering yet another critically-acclaimed gem last year in the excellent “Another Year” (also recently-released on Blu-ray and DVD). Before “Secrets and Lies,” “Vera Drake,” and “Happy-Go-Lucky,” there was a searing, riveting howl at the moon known as “Naked,” the first film that really drew international attention to both Leigh and star David Thewlis. The film was recently given the upgrade treatment by Criterion, releasing it on Blu-ray for the first time.

Blu-Ray Review: ‘Topsy-Turvy,’ ‘The Mikado’ Join Criterion Collection Together

Topsy-Turvy

CHICAGO – Leave it to The Criterion Collection to not just perfectly remaster one of the most acclaimed films of the ’90s but to take its ancestor, the film version of the play in which the modern classic centers around, and give it a similarly remarkable treatment. Fans of Mike Leigh’s “Topsy-Turvy” will adore the new Criterion edition, available now on DVD and Blu-ray, but they should also pick up “The Mikado” to see the inspirational musical in its entirety.

Film Review: Mike Leigh Finds Heartbreak in Humanity of ‘Another Year’

Another Year
HollywoodChicago.com Oscarman rating: 4.0/5.0
Rating: 4.0/5.0

CHICAGO – Mike Leigh (“Happy-Go-Lucky,” “Vera Drake”) has long ago been correctly-labeled as one of our most remarkably-attuned writer/directors when it comes to capturing the tragedy of the everyday human condition on film. His latest work, “Another Year,” may seem like just another slice of life and it’s certainly not the drama to see if you need fancy hooks with your popcorn, but realistically presenting the highs and sadness of an unfulfilled life is much harder than it looks.

DVD Review: Sally Hawkins Shines in Mike Leigh’s Fantastic ‘Happy-Go-Lucky’

Happy Go Lucky
HollywoodChicago.com DVD Rating: 5.0/5.0
DVD Rating: 5.0/5.0

CHICAGO – “Happy-Go-Lucky” was one my favorite films of 2008 with a pitch-perfect performance by the great Sally Hawkins, an actress who so embodied her character that not only did she deserve to be nominated for an Oscar, she should be polishing her trophy right now. New to DVD, audiences can finally catch up with “Happy-Go-Lucky,” another notch in the belt for the great Mike Leigh, one of the more consistent filmmakers of the last twenty years.

Hookup: 15 Admit-Two Passes to Chicago Screening of ‘Happy-Go-Lucky’ With Sally Hawkins

CHICAGO – Who says you can’t buy happiness? Amid all the doom and gloom of today’s economy and the stress to elect a new president, we introduce you to a little-known sleeper by the name of “Happy-Go-Lucky”.

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