Film reviews and more

Day: 16 October 2011

LFF 2011: ‘Alps’ (‘Alpeis’)

★★★★☆ In Alps (Alpeis, 2011), Greek director Yorgos Lanthimos’ follow-up to the sensational Dogtooth (2009), a group of four people – a young gymnast, her coach, a medic and a nurse – have an enterprising idea: when someone dies, they […]

Raindance Film Festival 2011: ‘After Fall, Winter’

★☆☆☆☆ A belated follow up to his 1997 shrug-of-a-movie Fall, Eric Schaeffer’s After Fall, Winter (2011) is the most narcissistic, shallow piece of filmmaking the entire festival had to offer. As ever with films such as this, our protagonist Michael […]

BFI London Film Festival: ‘Pariah’

★★★★☆ Written and directed by Dee Rees, Pariah (2011) – starring Adepero Oduye, Kim Wayans and Aasha Davis – is a refreshingly naturalistic film which explores themes of sexuality and acceptance without ever pandering to the formulaic approach of similar […]

BFI London Film Festival 2011: ‘Hut in the Woods’

★★★★☆ The latest in a line of strong German entries exploring mental illness at this year’s 55th BFI London Film Festival, Hans Weingartner’s Hut in the Woods (Hütte im Wald, 2011) focuses on the lives of to down-and-outs, former mathematician […]

BFI London Film Festival 2011: ‘Coriolanus’

★★★☆☆ William Shakespeare’s Coriolanus is one of the Great Bard’s most complicated and longest plays, making an adaptation a brave move for the directorial debut of actor Ralph Fiennes. To counter this, Coriolanus (2011) boasts an impressive cast of great acting […]