Review: The Farewell

Director: Lulu Wang Stars: Awkwafina, Tzi Ma, Shuzhen Zhao It takes a significant amount of hubris on the part of a critic, a blogger (*glances both ways*) or a casual viewer to look at a work of art - the result of many, many collaborations - and say, "I wouldn't change a thing". Have we done any … Continue reading Review: The Farewell

Review: Shoplifters

Director: Hirokazu Kore-Eda Stars: Lily Franky, Kirin Kiki, Sakura Andô More commonly than not, Hirokazu Kore-Eda's cinema is about family. His recent police procedural The Third Murder merely interrupted an ongoing streak. Shoplifters - which scooped the coveted Palme d'Or at Cannes earlier this year - revives the director's ongoing inquiries. Here, however, family is a broad term, open … Continue reading Review: Shoplifters

Review: Hereditary

Director: Ari Aster Stars: Toni Collette, Alex Wolff, Milly Shapiro When you first hear it - or notice it - it sounds like something you ought to report to the staff. The movie's playing but there's this sound, as though a party's going on next door. Someone's playing their music too loudly and its interrupting … Continue reading Review: Hereditary

Review: Dheepan

Fleeing Sri Lanka after his involvement in the atrocities of the civil war, Dheepan (Jesuthasan Antonythasan) assumes a new identity, taking up residence in a French ghetto and working as the janitor. He is not alone. With him are 26-year-old Yalini (Kalieswari Srinivasan) and 9-year-old Illayaal (Claudine Vinasithamby). Though they are complete strangers, they must … Continue reading Review: Dheepan

Review: Joy

There's a scene in David O. Russell's Silver Linings Playbook in which Bradley Cooper's bipolar character Pat apologises to Jennifer Lawrence's Tiffany for his conversational style, explaining that he has "no filter". The same might very well be said for Russell's approach to his new film Joy - the portrait of a woman named Joy Mangano who … Continue reading Review: Joy

Review: August: Osage County

August: Osage County is a film with one hell of a pedigree. Based on the Pulitzer-winning play by Tracy Letts (and adapted for the screen by Letts), produced by George Clooney and Grant Heslov, with attention-grabbing turns from the likes of (deep breath now) Julia Roberts, Ewan McGregor, Chris Cooper, Juliette Lewis, Abigail Breslin, Benedict … Continue reading Review: August: Osage County

Why I Love… #59: Tokyo Story

Year: 1953 Director: Yasujiro Ozu Stars: Chishu Ryu (Shukishi Hirayama), Chieko Higashiyama (Tomi Hirayama), Setsuko Hara (Noriko Hirayama), Haruko Sugimura (Shige Kaneko), So Yamamura (Koichi Hirayama), Kuniko Miyake (Fumiko Hirayama) Genre: Drama I watched Tokyo Story, initially, as a box-ticking exercise. A perennial of all-time-greatest movie lists - including Sight And Sound's feted hit parade - and … Continue reading Why I Love… #59: Tokyo Story

Review: Ponyo

***originally written 18 February 2010*** Ponyo is the latest effort from the wonderful Japanese hand-drawn animation folk at Studio Ghibli and concerns a small red fish that obtains the magical powers to transform into a five year old girl, thus unwittingly triggering the apocalyptic descent of the moon. Obviously. This fish is named Ponyo by … Continue reading Review: Ponyo

Why I Love… #4: My Neighbour Totoro

Year: 1988 Director: Hayao Miyazaki Genre: Animation / Fantasy My Neighbour Totoro is one of my favourite films of all time. Plain and simple. I love it. I never get tired of it. I’m a fan of Studio Ghibli’s output, and recognise the virtuoso brilliance of their grander scale epics such as Princess Mononoke and … Continue reading Why I Love… #4: My Neighbour Totoro