Review: Shirley

Director: Josephine Decker Stars: Odessa Young, Michael Stuhlbarg, Elisabeth Moss Fertility courses through the latest feature from Josephine Decker, her first since gathering international attention two years ago with the fierce yet polarising Madeline's Madeline. Rose Nemser (Odessa Young) is pregnant on her arrival at the Vermont home of renowned horror author Shirley Jackson (Elisabeth … Continue reading Review: Shirley

Review: Varda by Agnès

Director: Agnès Varda Agnès Varda died on 29 March this year at the age of 90. I've seen too few of her films: the ones offered to me by MUBI in the wake of her death... last year's charming Faces Places... her own mini-documentary on the making of partner Jacques Demy's The Young Girls Of … Continue reading Review: Varda by Agnès

Review: Madeline’s Madeline

Director: Josephine Decker Stars: Helena Howard, Molly Parker, Miranda July Here's the first thing, and its an important one; this isn't so much an indie darling as it is an art house film posing as one. Madeline's Madeline has courted praise in highbrow quarters, and the aura that has been extended is of something perhaps far … Continue reading Review: Madeline’s Madeline

Review: The Lego Movie

On paper I should be against something like this. Product placement in movies is - almost always - the form's artistic nadir. Intrusive, unwanted, soulless and often downright irritating, it pollutes the medium and at its most invasive (I, Robot or Wreck-It Ralph) does considerable damage to the final film*. Then there's the smaller stratosphere of … Continue reading Review: The Lego Movie