"That's quite enough! You'll be hearing from my solicitor about this!"
Women Film Editors #77: Helen Garrard
Last November, I wrote that Nick Park's claymation magnum opus The Wrong Trousers is "a perfect crime story," combining every element you could possibly want in both a heist narrative and a Wallace & Gromit comedy. But it's also a film deservedly admired for its swift energy, all packaged in a brisk half-hour; as fans well know, this success is never more apparent than…
Conversation with my Uber driver who picked me up from the cinema after this screening
Him: What was the film about?
Me: Weeelll, sort of about cooking...
Him: Like Masterchef?
Me: Sure, let's go with that.
Decadent, deranged and depraved in all the best ways, Strickland doesn't disappoint with his latest cinematic feast. Sonic catering is the future I want to see.
It's the brutal & unsaid lack of sentimentality which defines this movie - &, from my experience of the best of contemporary Russian movies which I've seen, particularly those which these Producers have previously been involved with, that should surprise no one.
The physicality is equally suspicious & unnerving, the tone is sombre & cheerless, & the actors respond with gusto to the extremely tight & almost outrageously great direction of first-timer Kira Kovalenko.
I do remember the nightly media imagery of the Beslan massacre…
Another muddled Vikings’ revenge saga spread across a vast trek of land as I’ve seen a bunch of times in my lifetime; this one turgidly overwritten and spasmodically conceived by Robert Eggers. One or two confusing scenes during an ambitious presentation are forgivable, but this has multiples upon multiples of scenes that are baffling.
I found myself approaching The Northman as I would a crazed relic from the silent film era of the ’20’s in attempt to find it bearable…
You can count on me.
Billy Tully survives on lies. Lies to the people around him and, most importantly, lies to himself. Lies about his potential as a fighter. Lies about his losses. Lies about his marriage. Lies upon lies upon lies, all of them required to build the rickety, Potemkin village of a life he's crafted for himself.
Billy's losses belong to others, whether they're in the ring, or in his personal life. He fell out of boxing because…
***Spoilers in the final paragraph for comparison purposes***
I really liked Lukas Dhont‘s debut feature Girl which I saw at MIFF2018, although I thought his final act was unnecessarily melodramatic. This film, his next, co-written with Angelo Tijssens, has no such problems - it deals in a pitch perfect way with two issues where writers and directors often struggle to get the emotional balance right.
This is another of those films that you need to let unfold at its own pace to get the…
Writer/director Andrés Ramírez Pulido had made two short films with very similar stories to this film, El Edén (2016) and Damiana (2017), before expanding his story to this first narrative feature.
In the opening scene with the boys lined up in identical uniforms in a jungle setting reciting some kind of affirmation in unison, I wondered if we were in cult territory. We were, in a way, as these boys are confined in a remote juvenile prison work camp in…
Payal Kapadia‘s documentary, co-written with Himanshu Prajapati is a mystery and a lesson in Indian history (and, obliquely, Indian cinema history).
A box containing letters, photographs and other ephemera were discovered at the Film and Television Institute of India. The letters were written by a female student, known only as L., to her estranged boyfriend when he is removed from the school by his parents and locked up at home by his parents when they discover that he is dating L.…
The Criterion Challenge 2022 #37/60 (Bonus #3)
"You'll either be revealed as a murderer wearing the mask of humanism or as one worthy of the beautiful name: 'man.'"
I'm going to go ahead and post my review for the first part of this behemoth film as quickly as possible before I watch the rest, if only because I'm a little unsure if my interpretation for this first part is entirely accurate. Director Masaki Kobayashi's three-part (though technically six-part since each…
*Spoilers...but this film is so weird you'll probably have no idea what I'm talking about anyway if you haven't seen it*
I entered Valerie and Her Week of Wonders expecting something akin to Daisies, another Czechoslovak New Wave film about young girls doing some pretty strange things. But Chytilová's film is much more of an anarchic surrealism, where the nonsense is satirical and draws parallels to the absurdity of the target of ridicule, which in Daisies' case is the government…
An exhausting watch, such is the frenetic pace at which about a week in the life of Julie, played with just the right amount of calm urgency by Laura Calamy, unfolds as she deals with trying to look after her kids, get to her job on time, go to job interviews all the while dealing with an all-encompassing and disruptive rail strike. Getting to work is shot like a Bourne thriller so the brief moments of quiet feel like a…
By a pretty substantial margin my favorite movie to have come out so far in this honestly somewhat disappointing year. Fire of Love tops my 2022 ranking simply by being the first four-star film. It’s not perfect, of course, but it is an amazingly testament to the destructive beauty of nature, and a really well-crafted documentary in general. It hits the sweet spot of being just comfortably serene enough that you could fall asleep to it, but packing every minute with…