I have been avidly waiting for this film, ever since watching Julieta (2016) and knowing his next film would be only two-three years after. Viewing his entire filmography for my dissertation on my small laptop screen was never ideal, so having the opportunity to see Pain and Glory on the cinema screen made the wait … Continue reading Pain and Glory / Dolor y Gloria (Pedro Almodóvar, 2019): a classic Almodóvarian tale.
Lynne Ramsay’s 2017 film You Were Never Really Here premiered 6 years after her masterpiece We Need to Talk About Kevin, one of my favourite and most-watched films of all time, so it’s surprising how long it’s taken to get around to watching it. The fairly short – 1hr30m – film is a violent-but-not-graphic, intense-but-not-explicit … Continue reading You Were Never Really Here (Lynne Ramsay, 2017): a director’s recurring visual voice for disturbed characters
Two biographies written by father and son respectively, combined together to create a painfully emotional film directed by Felix Van Groeningen, in his English-language directorial debut Beautiful Boy (2018). Beautiful Boy takes the names and stories chronicled in the books Tweak (Nic Sheff) about the author’s own struggle with drug addiction, and his father’s perspective … Continue reading Beautiful Boy (Felix van Groeningen, 2018)
Buñuel’s masterpiece Belle de Jour (1968) has certainly aged well; the film’s reflection on the hypocrisy of sexuality and eroticism in gender is always a pertinent discussion to be had, even in 2019. The double-standards of sexual exploration and expression are subtly criticised throughout the story of the bored housewife Séverine (Catherine Deneuve) as her … Continue reading Belle de Jour (Luis Buñuel, 1968)
Japanese title 'Shoplifters' overlayed opening shots in supermarket. One of the best films I’ve seen in a long time, Shoplifters conveys a precise and significant message through no one particular specific viewpoint. I’m surprised I didn’t cry, but the story was far too sagacious for that. It planted an idea in my brain from the … Continue reading Shoplifters (Hirokazu Koreeda, 2018)
Set in 1920s Los Angeles, paralysed stuntman Roy (Lee Pace) grieves in his hospital bed over a failed stunt on-set which caused his legs to become immobile. Depressed and alone, he passes the time by telling stories to another patient, the avidly curious child Alexandra (Catinca Untaru). The stories are drawn from both Roy and … Continue reading The Fall (Tarsem Singh, 2006)
Sound and image is combined to create the lyrical landscape of The Burial of Kojo, orchestrated by musician-turned-director Sam Blitz Bazawule and performed by Ghanaian locals. Dreams and reality cross-over in the eyes of Esi (Cynthia Dankwa), a young African girl who takes the centre-stage of this cabbalistic fable, the non-linear narrative following her as … Continue reading The Burial of Kojo (Sam Blitz Bazawule, 2018)