Film reviews and more

Day: 10 February 2014

Berlin 2014: ‘The Unknown Known’ review

★★★★☆ One of several high profile documentaries screening at this year’s 64th Berlin Film Festival, veteran filmmaker Errol Morris presents The Unknown Known (2013), a brilliant one-on-one with one of the most influential figures in American politics over the last […]

Berlin 2014: ‘Nymphomaniac Vol. 1’ review

★★★★☆ The uncut first half of Danish enfant terrible Lars von Trier’s Nymphomaniac (2013) was unleashed as nature intended last week Out of Competition at this year’s 64th Berlinale. It’s as bonkers as you would expect, but not at the […]

Berlin 2014: ‘Nuoc 2030’ review

★★☆☆☆ In recent years, climate change has become one of the dominant themes of dystopian film narratives, reflecting a growing acceptance that global warming isn’t merely the stuff of science fiction. Nguyễn-Võ Nghiêm-Minh’s Nuoc 2030 (2014) is a near-future parable […]

Berlin 2014: ‘History of Fear’ review

★★★☆☆ A damming portrait of a community tearing itself apart from the inside, Benjamín Naishtat’s Berlinale Competition offering History of Fear (2014) ponders the future outcome of a world governed through fear and paranoia. Opening with an aerial shot surveying […]

Berlin 2014: ‘Blind Massage’ review

★★☆☆☆ Blind Massage (Tui na, 2014), adapted from Bi Feiyu’s eponymous novel, is Chinese director Lou Ye’s second feature following his State-imposed filmmaking ban. Shot with a mixed cast of professional and non-professional blind actors and boasting a highly developed […]