Review: Deerskin

Director: Quentin Dupieux Stars: Adèle Haenel, Jean Dujardin, Albert Delpy As a costume piece that elaborates on character, the jacket has a storied history in cinema that goes back to it's silent days. For modern touchstones - especially in terms of how it is linked to masculinity - consider the ubiquity of Sailor's snakeskin jacket … Continue reading Review: Deerskin

Review: An Evening With Beverly Luff Linn

Director: Jim Hosking Stars: Aubrey Plaza, Craig Robinson, Jemaine Clement Having been wooed by the exceptionally well assembled trailer, I snapped up a chance to partake in An Evening With Beverly Luff Linn without doing any research. It was only in the ensuing week that a dread chill presented itself. This goofy-looking comedy starring Aubrey Plaza … Continue reading Review: An Evening With Beverly Luff Linn

Why I Love… #99: Juliet Of The Spirits

Year: 1965 Director: Federico Fellini Stars: Giuletta Masina, Sandra Milo, Mario Pisu Federico Fellini is one of those goliath names in world cinema, so esteemed by critics that their body of work becomes immediately intimidating. Venerated like Bergman. Like Godard. I remember vividly the first Fellini film I saw; La Dolce Vita. A shade too early … Continue reading Why I Love… #99: Juliet Of The Spirits

Why I Love… #87: Duelle (une quarantaine)

Year: 1976 Director: Jacques Rivette Stars: Juliet Bero (Leni), Bulle Ogier (Viva), Hermine Karagheuz (Lucie), Jean Babilée (Pierrot), Nicole Garcia (Elsa / Jeanne), Claire Nadieu (Sylvia Stern) Genre: Mystery / Fantasy If there is one thing I love, it's dream cinema. By which I do not mean dream sequences within otherwise conventionally made films (which … Continue reading Why I Love… #87: Duelle (une quarantaine)

Review: Evolution

While bobbing around on the festival circuit last year, Lucile Hadzihalilovic' Evolution earned praising comparisons to both Under The Skin and Upstream Color, placing it fairly high on my must-see list for whenever it eventually made its way to UK shores. I can see where such remarks were coming from, but am disappointed to report that the gap between … Continue reading Review: Evolution

Review: The Lobster

How important is having a partner? We live in a society that puts great value in the notion that we must all pair off for life. Any deviation from this is somewhat stigmatised. If you haven't found a partner by a certain age, there is a view that you've failed in some way, or are … Continue reading Review: The Lobster

Review: A Pigeon Sat On A Branch Reflecting On Existence

It was Mark Cousins and his epic documentary The Story Of Film which first made me aware of Roy Andersson. In one of the late entries in the series he approached modern cinema and spent a fair amount of time discussing Songs From The Second Floor in that magnificent lilting tone of his. With such exceptional, venerated … Continue reading Review: A Pigeon Sat On A Branch Reflecting On Existence

Review: Lost River

Ryan Gosling's directorial debut Lost River was conceived while the actor was visiting abandoned and derelict areas of Detroit, the story built around his burgeoning desire to express the tumbledown romance of those abandoned neighbourhoods. As such there's a shabby-chic post-apocalyptic twang to the movie, albeit the same kind felt in Beasts Of The Southern Wild; a sense … Continue reading Review: Lost River

Why I Love… #67: Judex

Year: 1963 Director: Georges Franju Stars: Channing Pollock (Judex / Vallieres), Francine Bergé (Diana Monti / Marie Verdier), Edith Scob (Jacqueline Favraux), Théo Sarapo (Morales), Michel Vitold (Favraux). Genre: Crime Drama / Adventure The shot begins with a pair of nice men's shoes. Black. Polished. The feet in them are attached to a pair of … Continue reading Why I Love… #67: Judex