For all the exclamations that this latest picture marks ‘Terrence Malick’s return to form,’ or, more grossly, that ‘Terry’s back!’ Marc Nelson counters with this: he never left.
Though LONG DAY’S JOURNEY INTO NIGHT may enervate and even exasperate, it’s still far preferable to watch a filmmaker throw ideas into work which ultimately fail to ignite than watch umpteen films with no ideas at all. Marc Nelson reviews.
BURNING CANE is directed by Phillip Youmans, a young filmmaker who demonstrates emotional fidelity to his subjects as well as an undeniable film sense coupled with a ready and substantial cinematic style. Marc Nelson reviews.
The wuxia pian, the Chinese martial arts film, seems just as vital today as it did in the days of King Hu. Zhang Yimou’s SHADOW shares a good deal in common with HERO, if not quite assuming a role as its equal. Marc Nelson reviews.
The surface pleasures of MARTIN EDEN are profound in themselves, but the pleasure they provide compounds when you realise that surface itself is a tissue of lies. The screenwriter Maurizio Braucci described the film, with a shocking eloquence, as “a dream of the twentieth century”, and it’s difficult to express how accurately the phrase represents … Continue reading Martin Eden
In BEANPOLE, spaces are rendered with a genuine beauty, in composition, in colour, in light. The film holds an intense sympathy for its characters in balance with a need to be honest. Marc Nelson reviews at LFF 2019.
IT MUST BE HEAVEN is Suleiman’s funniest film, the comedy laced up with his elegant, rebarbative vision.
Gray’s cinema, for all its motifs, perfect shot- and sequence-making, musical movements, and technical daring, is a cinema first and foremost of direct emotional sincerity and force. Marc Nelson reviews AD ASTRA.
UNE FEMME DOUCE (1969) features one of Robert Bresson’s sharpest, bluntest images on the degradation of the spiritual. Marc Nelson reviews.
MS SLAVIC 7 is a witty hybrid film, better when it follows what its character does rather than what she says. Marc Nelson reviews.