The winners of this year’s 94th Academy Awards were announced earlier this morning at LA’s Dolby Theatre. Jane Campion’s Netflix western The Power of the Dog was pipped to the Best Picture pots by CODA, but the Kiwi filmmaker did pick up the award for Best Director.
★★★☆☆ When the legend becomes truth, print the legend. So goes Matt Eskey’s directorial debut, The Mojo Manifesto, a documentary in thrall to its subject. Luckily for us, its subject is Mojo Nixon (née Neill Kirby McMillan), the cartoonishly raucous musician and one of cow-punk’s leading proponents.
★★★☆☆ How do we balance modern faith with the often unsavoury legacies of religion, and how are those legacies used to excuse immoral behaviour in the present? Filmmaker Mariana Bastos gestures at these questions in her second feature (her first as solo director), a compelling magical realist drama.
While those at the top of football have completely lost their way in recent years, the game does still have a grassroots movement which is the beating heart of sport in countries like the UK, and it is there that stories are to be found of the game encouraging social togetherness, brotherhood and sisterhood.
★★★★☆ Jacques Audiard’s first feature since 2018’s The Sisters Brothers sees the acclaimed director return to his home town with a gorgeous, funny and tender romantic comedy, shot in luscious black and white. Paris, 13th District is a paean to the freedoms, the heartaches and the confusion of singledom.
The winners of this year’s EE British Academy Film Awards were announced earlier this evening at the ceremony’s regular home, London’s Royal Albert Hall, after 2021’s Covid-restricted event. The Power of the Dog was the big story of the night, winning both Best Film and Best Director for Jane Campion.