Film reviews and more

Day: 13 October 2013

LFF 2013: ‘Under the Skin’ review

★★★★★ Almost a decade since the release of the divisive yet magnificent Birth (2004), Jonathan Glazer makes his long overdue return to screens with Under the Skin (2013); an oppressive, arresting work of pure genius. The […]

LFF 2013: ‘Of Good Report’ review

★★★★☆ Rasping breath accompanies a pristine, monochrome shot from the point-of-view of a man stumbling across an area of scrubland. Two workmen stop to stare as he is revealed like some sub-Saharan gunslinger, pistol protruding from […]

LFF 2013: ‘Closed Curtain’ review

★★☆☆☆ In 2010, filmmaker Jafar Panahi was prosecuted by the Iranian government. Accused of colluding to undermine national security and producing propaganda against the Islamic Republic, he was sentenced to imprisonment and a twenty-year filmmaking ban. […]

LFF 2013: ‘A Long and Happy Life’ review

★★★★☆ From Boris Khlebnikov, one half of the directing duo responsible for 2003’s Koktebel, comes A Long and Happy Life (2013), a pensive and meekly existential drama about one man’s solitary fight against corruption and turmoil […]

LFF 2013: ‘B for Boy’ review

★★★☆☆ Umut Dağ’s Kuma (2013) brought the unconventional marital arrangement of second wives into UK cinemas earlier this year to impressive effect, and the practice appears again in Chika Anadu’s B for Boy (2013). A markedly […]