Day: 22 May 2017

  • Cannes 2017: Wind River review

    ★★★☆☆ Taylor Sheridan is a wonderful screenwriter in his own right, as the startling thrillers Sicario and Hell or High Water both contest. However, he’s a terrible writer of film titles. From the idiomatic blandness of Hell or High Water to the latest flatulence of Wind River.Fortunately, the latter – his debut as a director…

    Cannes 2017: Wind River review
  • Film Review: Happy End

    ★★★★☆ A two-time Palme d’Or winner, acerbic Austrian director Michel Haneke returns to UK cinema screens this week with his latest film, Happy End. It may be something of a greatest hits mixtape, but it’s also an arresting offering. Famille Laurent are a rich and successful family living in Calais in a sumptuous villa, served by…

    Film Review: Happy End
  • Cannes 2017: 120 Beats Per Minute review

    ★★★☆☆ ACT UP (AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power) was an activist group set up in New York to draw attention campaign for those impacted by AIDS. They were a pressure group who specialised in public and well-publicised acts of civil disobedience. The Paris branch of ACT UP is the subject of writer-director Robin Campillo’s new…

    Cannes 2017: 120 Beats Per Minute review
  • DVD Review: Mulholland Drive

    ★★★★★ Originally conceived as a TV series à la Twin Peaks, Mulholland Drive is David Lynch at his most Lynchian: baffling, disturbing and cinematic. Set in a surrealist Hollywood, the plot follows Betty (Naomi Watts) as she arrives in LA to embark on a career as an actress.No simple rags-to-riches tale of ingenues and showbiz…

    DVD Review: Mulholland Drive

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