Film reviews and more

Month: May 2016

Cannes 2016: Sieranevada review

★★★★☆ Following past appearances in the Quinzaine and Un Certain Regard sidebars, Romanian director Cristi Puiu returns to Cannes in competition with Sieranevada, a tragi-comedy that interweaves politics, closely observed family dynamics and a heightening sense of farce. What emerges is as rich, thick and […]

Cannes 2016: Personal Affairs review

★★★☆☆ Maha Haj debuts in Un Certain Regard with Personal Affairs, a gently mocking comedy of familial and personal relationships set in modern day Palestine. In Nazareth, an old couple Nabeela (Sana Shawahdeh) and Saleh (Mahmoud Shawahdeh) potter through their days to the sound of […]

Cannes 2016: Our Picks

The Croisette has been tuned and the red carpet swept. The giant poster unfurled above the Theatre Lumiere that fronts the great Palais du Cinema with an image taken from Le Mepris, Jean Luc Godard’s acid-inked love/hate letter to cinema will greet the far breezier […]

Film Review: Whiskey Tango Foxtrot

★★★☆☆ Is it possible, or even a good idea, to make a comedy about the war in Afghanistan? Directorial duo Glenn Ficara and John Requa certainly seem to think so. Partnering up with the ever wonderful Tina Fey and her regular writing collaborator Robert Carlock, […]

Film Review: Troublemakers: The Story of Land Art

★★★☆☆ In the 1960s, a group of pioneering artists decided to abandon what they saw as the stale and restrictive world of New York’s art galleries for the endless freedom of America’s great outdoors. Leaving behind the spatial limitations of the city, they ventured as […]

Film Review: The Seventh Fire

★★★★☆ “About 1/10 every ten years makes it out of here,” says a father exasperated by his drug-peddling son. The outlook for young members of the White Earth Indian Reservation is crushingly bleak. From the outset of The Seventh Fire, the first feature length documentary from […]

Film Review: Our Kind of Traitor

★★★☆☆ After The Night Manager wowed audiences on the BBC, now another John le Carré adaptation comes to the silver screen. This time it’s Our Kind of Traitor, a contemporary espionage thriller starring Ewan McGregor and Naomi Harris. The duo star as Perry and Gail, […]

Film Review: Mustang

★★★★☆ In Deniz Gamze Ergüven’s debut film Mustang, five young orphaned sisters – Lale (Günes Sensoy), Nur (Doga Zeynep Doguslu), Ece (Elit Iscan), Selma (Tugba Sunguroglu) and Sonay (Ilayda Akdogan) – full of life and natural vigour discover the price of womanhood in a conservative, […]

Film Review: Green Room

★★★☆☆ When John Carpenter made Assault on Precinct 13 in 1976, he readily acknowledged the influence he drew from George A. Romero in crafting the homogeneous zombie-like horde of gang members laying siege to an L.A. police station. This served to dehumanise the antagonists, and […]

Film Review: Everybody Wants Some!!

★★★★☆ Richard Linklater once again casts his outwardly laid-back yet deceptively astute gaze on those loitering around the edge of adulthood with Everybody Wants Some!! – a joyous and often uproarious portrayal of college-age adolescence and the alluring freedom that brings. Much like the frosty […]

Film Review: Cabin Fever

★☆☆☆☆ When film fans heard that a remake of Eli Roth’s 2002 horror Cabin Fever was on the horizon, it is safe to say that many were baffled. Roth’s original horror movie – which sees five young students blow off college work for a weekend […]

Interview: Tyler Hoechlin on Everybody Wants Some!!

With his reoccurring role in the dark TV reboot of Teen Wolf, Tyler Hoechlin is one of the more recognisable faces in Richard Linklater’s new 1980s-set college campus comedy, Everybody Wants Some!! As the ridiculously competitive slugger Glen McReynolds, Hoechlin puts in a memorable performance […]