Why I Love… #118: The Limits of Control

Year: 2009 Director: Jim Jarmusch Stars: Isaach de Bankolé, Alex Descas, Paz de la Huerta Earlier this year during our (first) lockdown - and suddenly unemployed - I used my free time, somewhat unsurprisingly, to catch up on some movies from my ever-growing watchlist. Part of this included checking off the Jim Jarmusch titles that … Continue reading Why I Love… #118: The Limits of Control

Review: Wasp Network

Director: Olivier Assayas Stars: Edgar Ramírez, Ana de Armas, Penélope Cruz Olivier Assayas - a director with an extremely high-class filmography stretching back over the last 30 years - here makes a slight wobble as he returns to matters political. Wasp Network - available on Netflix following its Berlin premiere last year - sees Assayas … Continue reading Review: Wasp Network

Review: Ema

Director: Pablo Larraín Stars: Mariana Di Girolamo, Gael García Bernal, Santiago Cabrera Pablo Larraín's most well-known features of the last decade have all delved into the past and into politics, be that through the lens of activism (2012's No) or personal trauma (2016's Jackie). Now, the Chilean returns to the present for this fierce portrait of … Continue reading Review: Ema

Review: Neruda

Director: Pablo Larraín Stars: Luis Gnecco, Gael García Bernal, Mercedes Morán Hot on the heels of his exemplary English language debut Jackie, Chilean maestro Pablo Larraín returns to home soil for another biopic and again he manages to buck many of the trends that dog the genre and leave it languishing in cinematic irrelevancy. The year … Continue reading Review: Neruda

Review: No

TV advertising is a powerful thing, exerting the kind of influence in our lives that we'd probably be loath to fully admit. At Christmas a great number of people I know were delighted by a Coca-Cola publicity stunt that had rolled into town. The truck from that advert was parked up in a local shopping precinct. … Continue reading Review: No