Review: The Laundromat

Director: Steven Soderbergh Stars: Meryl Streep, Antonio Banderas, Gary Oldman Soderbergh is one of those directors whose work ricochets with some volatility, hitting peaks and troughs sometimes within the span of the same year. Yet in spite of this erratic stream of output, its reassuring to have him around. He also keeps threatening retirement. Yet … Continue reading Review: The Laundromat

Review: Pain And Glory

Director: Pedro AlmodóvarStars: Antonio Banderas, Penélope Cruz, Asier EtxeandiaAh, the autobiographical film from a recognised auteur. Is there anything more indulgent? Anything narrower in field? Of course, one might argue that any film from an auteur is, in a way, autobiographical; that a personal imprint is a personal imprint. Still, when a filmmaker draws the … Continue reading Review: Pain And Glory

Review: The Skin I Live In

***originally written 29 August 2011*** It’s amazing what you can achieve on a large property with a basement or an out-house. If the horror genre and tabloid sensationalism have taught us anything, it’s that if a story’s setting involves either one of these mysterious areas of interest, then you can be sure something unsavoury is … Continue reading Review: The Skin I Live In