Film reviews and more

Day: 3 March 2015

Film Review: ‘White Bird in a Blizzard’

★★★☆☆ “In a blink my virginity disappeared just like my mother.” Delivered with raw teenage cynicism by rising star Shailene Woodley’s Kat, this line of voiceover perfectly encapsulates the primary dynamics of Gregg Araki’s White Bird in a Blizzard (2014). […]

Film Review: ‘Still Alice’

★★★☆☆ It’s impossible to pinpoint the first memory embezzled under Alzheimer’s rampage through the tangled web of neurons and chemical pulses of the human brain. Since even the healthiest of minds can find itself prone to moments of absent-mindedness the […]

Film Review: ‘Sea Without Shore’

★★☆☆☆ The endless oceans of love and grief are plumbed in esoteric and emotive fashion in André Semanza and Fernanda Lippi’s flawed and ambitious art film, Sea Without Shore (2015). Coming over a decade after the duo’s first feature collaboration, […]

Film Review: ‘Life of Riley’

★★★☆☆ The play was once again the thing for Alain Resnais, as theatre serves as the backcloth for The Life of Riley (2014), his final film and the follow up to follow-up to 2013’s Cannes Competition entry You Ain’t Seen […]

Film Review: ‘Hyena’

★★★☆☆ Opening films at festivals are often easygoing curtain-raisers that provide a bit of glamour before guests scatter into all manner of inevitable industry after-parties. But guests at last year’s 68th Edinburgh International Film Festival stumbled out of a violent, […]

Film Review: ‘Difret’

★★★☆☆ Zeresenay Mehari’s directorial debut Difret (2014) is a captivating story about a revolutionary period of feminism in Ethiopia as the battle between traditional sacraments and modern ideologies climax over a murder trial and a young girl’s right to self […]

Film Review: Bafta Shorts 2015

★★★★☆ The collection of short films that comprised the nominees pool for the Baftas this year are nothing short of astounding. Each film is quiet yet powerful, situating their characters tenderly into the eye of many an emotional hurricane. Ranging […]

Film Review: ‘Appropriate Behaviour’

★★★★☆ Neurotic self-analysis and a growing sense of entitlement have become a staple of the New York comedy scene. From Woody Allen’s Manhattan (1979) to Lena Dunham’s Tiny Furniture (2010) the city that never sleeps would appears to be tossing-and-turning […]