Film reviews and more

Day: 18 June 2014

Edinburgh 2014: ‘N: The Madness of Reason’ review

★★★★☆ “We began before words, and we will end beyond them.” So begins Peter Krüger’s mesmerising N: The Madness of Reason (2014), a spiritual journey through the memories and regrets of Raymond Borremans, a freewheeling Parisian […]

Edinburgh 2014: ‘Joe’ review

★★★☆☆ American independent director David Gordon Green’s first three films, George Washington, All the Real Girls and Undertow, were each deeply rooted in the poetic realism of classic American storytelling. Adept at presenting marginalised characters and […]

Edinburgh 2014: ‘Ice Poison’ review

★★★★☆ Myanmar-born, Taiwan-based director Midi Z’s third feature, Ice Poison (2014), completes a trilogy of intimate portraits of contemporary life in Burma. Combining a sparse narrative with an intimate visual style, the director presents the moral […]

Edinburgh 2014: ‘Final Whistle’ review

★★★★☆ Originally filmed during the 2010 FIFA World Cup, Niki Karimi’s Final Whistle (2011) makes its UK premiere four years later. A courageous critique of class and gender inequality in Iran, Final Whistle is an against-the-clock […]

Edinburgh 2014: ‘Aberdeen’ review

★★★☆☆ When Hong Kong reverted back to Chinese sovereignty on 1 July 1997, many thought that the removal of colonial education systems would lead to a gradual shift towards a stronger identification with China. Attempting to […]

Edinburgh 2014: 68th EIFF programme preview

Edinburgh Film Festival Artistic Director Chris Fujiwara has announced the full programme for this year’s 68th incarnation. Boasting 156 features from 47 countries, highlights include the UK premiere of Control and The American director Anton Corbijn’s […]

Film Review: ‘Spring in a Small Town’

★★★★★ This year, the BFI has embarked on a glorious season of screenings that celebrate the last one hundred years of Chinese cinema. Acting as something of a centrepiece is a film that they have been […]

Film Review: ‘Miss Violence’

★☆☆☆☆ “We don’t have secrets in this family,” Themis Panou’s repulsive pater familias – who bears an uncanny resemblance to Donald Pleasance – states in Alexandros Avranas’ Miss Violence (2013), the baffling winner of several awards […]

Film Review: ‘The Man Whose Mind Exploded’

★★★☆☆ Descartes believed that nothing ever existed, that everything his mind told him was a lie, and cinema is of course a standing recourse for memory and the unresolved tensions that plague the unconscious. Film’s representation […]

Film Review: ‘Leave to Remain’

★★★☆☆ Immigration has been a hot topic of late, with the fluidity of British borders given a great deal of political capital. It’s into this atmosphere that the feature debut of documentary man Bruce Goodison arrives […]