Been on this website a long time and therefore cannot be held responsible for shit opinions I had when I was 15.
Like this less the more I think about it. It looks gorgeous, the performances are strong and I love a score by Nick Cave and Warren Ellis. But it was hard to shake off the feeling that the film was guilty of all the obsession, voyeurism and exploitation it was ostensibly condemning. At nearly three hours, its carousel of ick ended up less shocking than boring; like a teenage boy trying to show you how edgy he is.
Was really excited for this but for me it fails to really get under the skin of its subjects. It's not sure whether it's a film about volcanology or a film about the relationship between Katia and Maurice Krafft and is insufficiently detailed to be a satisfactory film about either. It just about coasts along for 90 minutes on montages of stunning archival footage and the charisma of the central couple - and the ending is undeniably moving despite us knowing what happens - but it ultimately feels like a missed opportunity to explore a rich and fascinating subject.
I have a personal anecdote to start my review of Before I Go To Sleep. Almost two years ago, not long after I turned 14, the casting director Nina Gold visited my school to audition some of the younger students for the new Paddington film. Whilst there, she asked one of the drama teachers if he knew anyone who would be suitable for a small role in the adaptation of S.J. Watson's novel Before I Go To Sleep. Very kindly,…
On paper, Die Welle seems like the kind of film you would expect Michael Haneke to make; an allegorical story with an important socio-political message that can feel like a lecture in the way it is told. As anyone who has watched - nay, endured - Funny Games will know, his work can often feel punitive, as if the viewer is being reprimanded for doing something wrong. Now, I happen to think that despite being incredibly unlikeable, Funny Games is…