I saw Hidden Figures back in early January at a preview screening at Odeon. Since then I’ve been bombarded by trailer after trailer for the film. This wouldn’t be a problem if it were a teaser we were talking about, but no. The final Hidden Figures trailer is the most tragic case of spoiling an… Continue reading Trailer comparison: Hidden Figures and Fences.
Elle, a 2016 French psychological thriller directed by Paul Verhoeven and starring Isabelle Huppert in a role for which she’s become a surprising front-runner for the Academy Award for Best Actress, has quickly become one of my most anticipated movies of the year. Unfortunately, as it’s not due for release in the UK until March… Continue reading Preview: Elle.
Granted, this piece is almost a month late – in fact I think it’s almost one month to the day when I started writing it – but it’s been a pretty busy time for me lately. This year’s BFI London Film Festival was one of the biggest and best ever. Here I’ll be offering an… Continue reading BFI London Film Festival – Highlights.
Under the Shadow is an internationally co-produced (UK/ Jordan/ Qatar) horror film that has been selected as the British entry for Best Foreign Language Film at this year’s Academy Awards. Set in 1980s war-torn Tehran during the Iran-Iraq conflict, it follows levelheaded mother Shideh and daughter Dorsa as they become increasingly unsettled not only by… Continue reading Under the Shadow.
I’ll say it right now; there is an intriguing battle shaping up for Best Picture at the Academy Awards next year. On one hand, the favourite (quite clearly, for a reason I’ll go on to detail); Damien Chazelle’s La La Land, a musical about classical Hollywood and the kind of artistic work that the Academy… Continue reading BFI London Film Festival 2016 – preview.
Fresh off last year’s Far from the Madding Crowd, Danish director Thomas Vinterberg somewhat returns to his roots with The Commune. This is a guy who, along with Lars von Trier, co-founded the Dogme 95 movement that aimed to simplify the rules of film production and take back creative control from movie studios. The Commune… Continue reading The Commune.
A group of six men are spending time on a luxury yacht together, on a fishing trip. They like to play games, enjoying the opportunity to display their masculine talents and skills to each other. Each of them likes to think of themselves as the better man. So when the suggestion comes up for a… Continue reading Chevalier.