London 2014: ‘The World of Kanako’ review

★★☆☆☆ Tetsuya Nakashima’s icy drama Confessions (2010) took the hyper-stylised aesthetics of his early work Kamikaze Girls (2004) and Memories of Matsuko (2006) and refined their energy and exuberance into a tightly wound revenge drama. His latest, The World of Kanako (2014), releases the clutch, utilising a repulsive former detective Continue Reading

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Film Review: ‘Birdman’

★★★★★ Last year, Alfonso Cuarón’s Gravity (2013) wowed audiences with its bravura setpieces and technical prowess, taking us into space and back down to earth again. This year, London’s Surprise Film is Alejandro González Iñárritu’s Birdman (2014) (or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance), who trumps his fellow countryman with a Continue Reading