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) ”
Noah Baumbach returns to the subject of divorce after first exploring the premise in The Squid and the Whale (2005), albeit from a different perspective both within the film and himself as a writer. His new offering centres around a couple who are on… Continue Reading “MARRIAGE STORY ”
A major step up in scope for Jennifer Kent after her excellent debut film The Babadook, this sophomore effort is a brutal, bloody but historically honest look into both the life of women and Aboriginal People during a period in Australia’s history that is… Continue Reading “THE NIGHTINGALE ”
Directed by Ken Loach Written by Paul Laverty (screenplay) Starring: Dave Johns, Hayley Squires, Sharon Percy This incredibly poignant film, while commenting on the UK welfare system specifically, surely will touch most Western audiences while giving them something to chuckle about. The sense of… Continue Reading “I, DANIEL BLAKE ”
Directed by Babak Anvari Written by Babak Anvari Starring: Narges Rashidi, Avin Manshadi, Bobby Naderi A revolution often causes more problems that it resolves, and considering the eight year war that took place after the 1979 Iranian revolution, not to mention the reasons behind… Continue Reading “UNDER THE SHADOW ”
Directed by Andreas Prochaska Written by Martin Ambrosch (screenplay), Andreas Prochaska (screenplay), Thomas Willmann (novel) Starring: Sam Riley, Tobias Moretti, Paula Beer This Austrian film played last year at a German film festival, but stupidly I was too lazy to go out and catch… Continue Reading “THE DARK VALLEY (Das finstere Tal) ”
Directed by Jodie Foster Written by Jamie Linden (screenplay), Alan DiFiore (screenplay), Jim Kouf (screenplay) Starring: George Clooney, Julia Roberts, Jack O’Connell, Dominic West, Giancarlo Esposito When George Clooney is at his best, few can match his charisma. His character here, Lee Gates, is… Continue Reading “MONEY MONSTER ”
Directed by Glenn Ficarra, John Requa Written by Robert Carlock (screenplay), Kim Barker (book) Starring: Tina Fey, Margot Robbie, Martin Freeman, Alfred Molina, Christopher Abbott, Billy Bob Thornton I was sceptical about this when I read the plot synopsis; a war-based comedy, or a… Continue Reading “WHISKEY TANGO FOXTROT ”
Directed by Nanni Moretti Written by Nanni Moretti, Valia Santella, Gaia Manzini, Chiara Valerio Starring: Margherita Buy, John Turturro, Giulia Lazzarini, Nanni Moretti *This is dedicated to my beautiful mother. Happy mother’s day, I love you Mum! Not unlike the fabulous Rams, a very… Continue Reading “MIA MADRE (MY MOTHER) ”
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