Film reviews and more

Day: 5 September 2014

Film Review: ‘Goodbye to Language’

★★★☆☆ Henri Matisse was 71 when his inspirational Zulma appeared at the Salon de Paris to rave reviews of its vitality and youthful experimentation. It is difficult not to cast your mind to Matisse when you […]

Toronto 2014: ‘From What Is Before’ review

★★★★☆ “The memory of a cataclysm” is how a voiceover at the end of Lav Diaz’s latest monumental feat, the Locarno-storming From What Is Before (Mula sa kung ano ang noon, 2014), describes the preceding five-and-a-half […]

Toronto 2014: Read our TIFF programme preview

This Thursday (4 September), the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival will kick off in Canada with David Dobkin’s courtroom drama The Judge, starring Robert Downey Jr. and Robert Duvall. Over the proceeding week and a half, […]

Venice 2014: ‘Court’ review

★★★★☆ Showing in Venice’s Orizzonti sidebar, Chaitanya Tamhane’s quietly brilliant Court (2014) takes an individual court case and, through following its laborious labyrinthine process, creates a damning j’accuse of wider Indian society. Narayan Kambal (Vira Sathidar) […]

Venice 2014: ‘Burying the Ex’ review

★☆☆☆☆ Showing out of competition at the Venice Film Festival, Joe Dante’s zom-com Burying the Ex (2014) is an unfunny undead comedy that in harking back to the days of the classic B-movie would be flattered […]