Venice 2014: ‘The Last Hammer Blow’ review

★★★★☆ “It’s called tragic but don’t let’s snivel,” says a character in director Alix Delaporte’s new film The Last Hammer Blow (2014), a refreshing and perfectly restrained coming-of-age tale which enters the running for the Golden Lion at Venice. Romain Paul plays Victor, a young lad living with his mother Continue Reading

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Film Review: ‘Finding Fela’

★★★☆☆ The documentary deluge in which we are still mired is so often lazily acknowledged as “a positive thing”. Our collective, unblinking admiration for the typical combination of liberal politics and gentle educational zeal has conditioned us to accept the creeping homogenisation of a cinematic from. We see more and Continue Reading