A few years ago a Russian indie rock band called Biting Elbows gained worldwide attention when they released a violent and effects-heavy music video with a first person perspective, directed by the band’s frontman Ilya Naishuller. Now Mr. Naishuller has … Continue reading First Person Action: Hardcore Henry’s strange kinship to Video Games and Virtual Reality
Luca Guadagnino’s I Am Love (lo sono l’amore) is a grandiloquent and sensual epos about love, family and legacy, where Tilda Swinton gives perhaps the most idiosyncratic performance of her (very impressive and diverse) career. Guadagnino and Swinton are back in collaboration with A Bigger … Continue reading Review: A Bigger Splash
There are moments in Charlie Kaufman’s Synecdoche, New York that deserves to stand next to the works of our greatest philosophers, and while it may be premature to declare it Kaufman’s magnum opus, I don’t think it’s unfair to say … Continue reading Review: Anomalisa
I did not expect to like this movie at all, quite the opposite in fact. When I heard Michael Bay was set to direct a movie about the Benghazi attacks, I was certain it would turn out to be a tasteless exploitation of the tragic events that occurred on September 11. 2012, and this notion was only reinforced when Bay said “it avoids the politics”. So, imagine my surprise when it wasn’t a complete and utter mess.
My Golden Days (trois souvenirs de ma jeunesse) is a quasi-prequel to Arnaud Desplechin’s 1996′ movie My Sex Life… or How I Got Into an Argument (Comment je me suis disputé… (ma vie sexuelle)). It opens with a continuation of Paul Dédalus’ life … Continue reading Review: My Golden Days
The Hateful Eight is Quentin Tarantino’s eight feature film, and unmistakably so. The poster proudly exclaims it as “the 8th film from Quentin Tarantino” (sic) and it has gotten more media attention over the past few weeks/months than most movies do from pre-production to DVD launch – it may however have been overshadowed a little by Star Wars: The Force Awakens, but still. That’s not only because this is a new movie from Tarantino – director of Pulp Fiction, Reservoir Dogs, Inglourious Basterds, Django Unchained and more – or that he has teamed up with master composer Ennio Morricone (The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, Once Upon a Time in the West), but also because he seems set to front a renaissance for analogue film; or more precisely, put 70mm film in the mainstream consciousness with a massive roadshow in North-America.
Bridge of Spies sees Tom Hanks reunite with director Steven Spielberg in a movie written by Matt Charman (Suite Française), and Joel and Ethan Coen (No Country for Old Men, Fargo and so on); a star team to say the least. It tells the true story about insurance attorney James B. Donovan (played by Hanks), who is tasked to defend a Soviet spy (Mark Rylance) in the midst of the Cold War.
Since the very first movie, the Hunger Games franchise has shown a sense of maturity about its content that is not present with its contemporary peers in the young-adult genre. While the Divergent and Maze Runner franchises certainly does tackle … Continue reading Review: The Hunger Games – Mockingjay Part 2
Bergen International Film Festival 2015
Yorgos Lanthimos’ The Lobster is as peculiar and unique as it gets, and is in many ways an exercise in contradiction. It is both hysterically funny – laugh out loud moments from beginning to end – and morbidly brutal – both in its visceral violence and humanistic observations. It challenges societal conventions and constructions about relationships, loneliness, narcissism and much more, but never presents an explicit message; leaving every thread open for interpretation. Continue reading “BIFF 2015: The Lobster”