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).


WHERE THE HEART IS (1990)
1990, Buena Vista Pictures, 107 min, USA, Dir: John Boorman

Father doesn’t always know best in this underrated satire from writer-director John Boorman. Dabney Coleman stars as a wealthy developer whose attempt to raze a local residence is met with ridicule; when his children (Uma Thurman, Suzy Amis and David Hewlett) join in, he decides it’s time for them to leave the nest - and is surprised by how well they adapt. Beautiful design and cinematography (by Peter Suschitzky) add plenty of visual appeal to this charming comedy.


HOPE AND GLORY
1987, Sony Pictures Repertory, 113 min, UK, USA, Dir: John Boorman

Writer-director-producer John Boorman earned three Oscar nominations for his semi-autobiographical look at a boy growing up in Britain during WWII. As the rest of his family struggles to survive the London air raids, young Billy Rohan (Sebastian Rice-Edwards) sees the disruptions of war as an invitation to play. “It's hard to believe that a great comedy could be made of the Blitz but John Boorman has done it.” - Pauline Kael, Hooked.


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