Film Review: ‘The Young and Prodigious T.S. Spivet’

★★★★☆ French director Jean-Pierre Jeunet has demonstrated a deft ability for creating fantastical worlds, as previously seen in Delicatessen (1991), The City of Lost Children (1995) and his big crossover hit, Amélie (2001). All of these showed a gift for aesthetically-pleasing oddities, and his new work, The Young and Prodigious Continue Reading

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Film Review: ‘Road’

★★★☆☆ With the nation’s attention fixed on Rio and the 2014 World Cup, passions are running high. And yet, despite the lavish excesses and camaraderie that comes with such an illustrious event, football is still seen by many as a “weaker” sport. Up against rugby, for example, some would say Continue Reading

Film Review: ‘Belle’

★★★★☆ Inspiration for Amma Asante’s sophomore feature, Belle (2013), was a tad unconventional; an 18th century painting entitled Dido and Elizabeth, which depicted a sprightly-looking, well-dressed black woman with her white cousin. By the standards of the day, this was a very unusual image that broke the social and artistic Continue Reading