Last week I made a quick visit to Dublin for one of the more exciting events in the calendar year. Dublin International Film Festival to be exact. I saw six interesting films while I was there – all of which were foreign releases I caught up on from last year, and each from different countries… Continue reading A few days at DIFF.
Here it is: my provisional list of 2016’s best films. “But we’re already a couple of months into 2017” – a fact of which I am aware, but I don’t feel it entirely necessary to stick to end-of-year timelines for something like this. As you’ll see, I have my reasons for not rushing it. While… Continue reading Best Films of 2016.
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.
It’s been a long time since Western audiences were treated to a genuinely unsettling Asian horror movie – a quality many films from that region shared in the early 2000’s. Korean film The Wailing looks like it could be the new one to watch out for. I will be attending a screening on the 30th… Continue reading Preview: The Wailing.
Your Name is one of those films that I feel deserves a bigger international audience than it will get (being a feature-length Japanese ‘anime’). Within a genre known for its rather fantastical concepts, this film still manages to stand out. One might think a Japanese animated movie – the hand-drawn animation here is gorgeous –… Continue reading Your Name.
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.
The BFI London Film Festival has just finished, and only a few days later, another film festival is set to begin in the capital tomorrow evening. This year marks the inaugural London East Asia Film Festival (LEAFF), showcasing the best of new Japanese and Korean cinema specifically, many of which will be getting their UK… Continue reading Preview: London East Asia Film Festival.