Film reviews and more

Day: 15 February 2014

Berlin 2014: ‘Black Coal, Thin Ice’ wins the Golden Bear

The 64th Berlin Film Festival drew to a close tonight with its prestigious annual awards ceremony, rewarding the cream of this year’s crop with the International Jury’s highest accolades. Headed up by American producer extraordinaire James Schamus, and featuring American actress Greta Gerwig and French director Michel Gondry, the Jury presented the coveted Golden Bear (the festival’s top honour) […]

Berlin 2014: ‘The Little House’ review

★★★☆☆ A faded postcard from a bygone era, Japanese director Yôji Yamada’s The Little House (2014) drifted through this year’s Berlinale Competition like cherry blossom on the breeze, surprisingly scooping the Best Actress Bear for lead Haru Kuroki. It’s not that Kuroki’s performance is poor, per se; it’s just that so little about Yamada’s latest is even vaguely memorable […]

Berlin 2014: ‘Boyhood’ review

★★★★★ A mind-boggling twelve years in the making, Richard Linklater’s quietly monumental new film, Boyhood (2014), somehow manages to dwarf his decades-straddling Before series in almost every conceivable way. Following the maturation of six-year-old Mason (a constant Ellar Coltrane) all the way up to his first day at college, never before has a coming-of-age tale been played out on […]

Berlin 2014: ‘La Belle et la Bête’ review

★★☆☆☆ Christophe Gans invites you to be his guest for yet another adaptation of classic French fancy La Belle et la Bête (2014). Attempting to capture the enchantment of Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot de Villeneuve’s fairytale, Gans’ overcooked adaptation stars Lea Seydoux, Vincent Cassel and a menagerie of furry critters. After losing his fleet, le Marchand (André Dussollier) is forced to move […]