After 2015’s cinematic disaster, it is hard to fathom why Josh Trank received funding not just for a major film, but one to star Tom Hardy in the titular role. At least 12 months ago, photos of Hardy in full make-up as an older… Continue Reading “CAPONE ”
His best picture since The Pianist, The Officer and The Spy (or J’Accuse, its title in France) is Polanski’s third and arguably most accessible film since he began working in French seven years ago. Refreshingly, no opening titles announce that the film is based… Continue Reading “AN OFFICER AND A SPY (J’ACCUSE) ”
As always, thanks again to Courtney: The Polish nominee for this year’s Academy Awards is a poignant, emotional drama that follows Daniel, a young man who finds his spiritual self in Christianity while in a juvenile detention centre. The opening scene briefly shows his personality… Continue Reading “CORPUS CHRISTI (BOZE CIALO) ”
As always, thanks again to Courtney: Guy Ritchie’s The Gentlemen signifies a return to the crime-laden and humourous style that originally established his career. Save for Matthew McConaughey’s criminal protagonist ‘Mickey’, who hails from the US in a very odd and out of… Continue Reading “THE GENTLEMEN ”
The extensive use of psychedelics against Christian’s will is hard to ignore; it is clear that after Dani is crowned, Christian has no idea what is happening, amplified by the man next to him blowing yet more foreign but obviously psychedelic dust from the… Continue Reading “PT 3 – (FINALLY) THE END OF MY DRUNKEN MIDSOMMAR DIATRIBE”
So, it seems apparent then that one of the Hårga’s traditions once they reach the age of 72, the end the final ‘cycle’, they jump off a cliff, not before being carried like a king to the cliff beforehand. I’m sure this latter part… Continue Reading “PT 2: DRUNKEN MIDSOMMAR RANTING ON THE BEST MOVIE OF 2019”
Over a decade ago as an unemployed, young 20-something man-child, I sat on my backside every day, all day, watching movies, often inebriated. Perhaps unsurprisingly then, I don’t remember much from those days. Though funnily enough, I remember Memento vividly despite having major memory… Continue Reading “PT 1: ANALYSIS OF THE ULTIMATE MINDF*CK MOVIE: MIDSOMMAR ”
The genre staple of establishing drug connections, drug deals going sideways and often ending ending in violence with money owed to the wrong people, has been well explored and is an arguably worn out formula. Birds of Passage is a vast re-imagining that spins… Continue Reading “BIRDS OF PASSAGE (PÁJAROS DE VERANO) ”
With a debut film that clocks in at 3 hours and 40 minutes, it is safe to say that Hu Bo was confident in his vision: a focused and calculated piece that creates an instantly noticeable visual statement. Bo doesn’t have much hope for… Continue Reading “AN ELEPHANT SITTING STILL (DA XIANG XI DI ER ZUO) ”
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Posted on January 27, 2020 by Jordan Dodd
Mati Diop uses her first short, a documentary of the same name, as thematic inspiration for her first full length feature. Diop opts to write a fictional story that sits parallel to the first, which followed four young men attempting to cross the… Continue Reading “ATLANTICS ”
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