Film reviews and more

Day: 21 October 2013

LFF 2013: ‘Taşkafa, Stories of the Street’ review

★★★☆☆ Our four-legged companion the dog is commonly seen as “Man’s best friend”. Yet in Turkey, canines are elevated far higher, seen as loyal protectors, valued confidants and more recently as public contemporaries. Andrea Luka Zimmerman’s […]

LFF 2013: ‘The Witches’ review

★★★☆☆ Cyril Frankel’s The Witches (1966) has long been one of the overlooked works in Hammer’s horror stable. Though attention may be drawn by the presence of writer Nigel Kneale in adapting Norah Lofts’ novel The […]

LFF 2013: ‘Trap Street’ review

★★★☆☆ Much like Ai Wei Wei’s recent Surveillance Camera sculpture, Vivian Qu takes on China’s aggressive panoptical policing in Trap Street (2013) with a sense of doomed inquiry. Nominated for the First Feature prize at this […]

LFF 2013: ‘The Past’ review

★★★★☆ Master dramatist Asghar Farhadi this year returns with The Past (2013), a film that’s both identifiably Iranian yet delicately contorted thanks to its foreign environs. Whilst the setting of Farhadi’s latest morality tale has been […]

LFF 2013: ‘Luton’ review

★★★☆☆ Michalis Konstantatos’ debut feature and LFF contender Luton (2013) paints a disturbing portrait of contemporary Greece, whilst lacking little of the recent Weird Wave’s deadpan satire. The film begins with a sultry and incredibly uncomfortable […]

LFF 2013: ‘Exhibition’ review

★★★★☆ Distinctive British filmmaker Joanna Hogg returns to London after holidaying in Tuscany (2007’s Unrelated) and the Isle of Sicily (2010’s Archipelago) with Exhibition (2013), a methodically constructed portrait of bourgeois self-loathing and middle-class paranoia told […]