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.
All human life is in SO LONG, MY SON – as well as a fascinating insight into Chinese life in a time of social upheaval.
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.
FrightFest never fails to illuminate the creative genius of the horror genre, and it also provides a glowing platform for new filmmakers. Jack McHenry may only have one feature to his name, but the aesthetic brilliance within his debut film HERE COMES HELL pays captivating tributes to the vintage eras of Hammer House, Tourneur’s Noir, … Continue reading Here Comes Hell
PAIN AND GLORY is a beautiful portrait of an accumulation of decades of personal experiences, decisions, connections and creative expression. Pedro Almodóvar turns his skill for dissecting passion and desire inward to create a character study that is both intensely personal and relatable on account of the heartbreak and soul-stirring it conjures. Jim Ross reviews.
TRANSIT presents the darker shadows of history. Humankind itself is stalled and in limbo. While we stand still, the echoes of the past grow louder until we can hear them loud and clear right alongside us. Jim Ross reviews.
Placed in the hands of such technically skilled filmmakers, this important story simply soars. Jim Ross reviews SCHEME BIRDS.