QUEEN AND COUNTRY
2014, BBC Worldwide North America, 115 min, UK, Dir: John Boorman

In this assured sequel to HOPE AND GLORY, Bill Rohan (Callum Turner) has grown up and is ready for service during the Korean War. But rather than shipping off to combat, both Bill and his friend Percy (Caleb Landry Jones) become army instructors, remaining in England to bedevil their superior officer (a wonderfully fastidious David Thewlis), search for romance and spend time with the Rohan family members so beloved from the earlier film.


THE GENERAL (1998)
1998, Screen Media, 124 min, UK/Ireland, Dir: John Boorman

John Boorman was named Best Director at the 1998 Cannes Film Festival for this gritty B&W portrait of charismatic Dublin criminal Martin Cahill (a man who, before graduating to more serious offenses, had once burgled Boorman’s home). Brendan Gleeson is superb as the audacious hood, whose increasing infamy draws the attention of both the IRA and Irish police officer Ned Kenny (Jon Voight).


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