Why I Love Irène Jacob’s performance in The Double Life of Véronique

Sensations possess everything of a life for a time. A teacher in a school, she falls in love with a man (Philippe Volter) who performs a marionette show for the children. She confides in her aunt (Halina Gryglaszewska) about her love life and how she believes she is not alone in the world, confirmed when she witnesses herself on a coach of tourists visiting from France. The worlds of the two characters are connected by music, belying the transcendent qualities of the emotions on display. The proximity of her death…

Why I love Maggie Cheung’s performance in Irma Vep

As costume designer Zoe (Natalie Richard) tells Cheung, “I don’t like American films. Life has a funny way of imitating art. He removes Cheung from the starring role and casts a French actor named Laure (Nathalie Boutefeu) as Irma Vep. In real life, the actor would later garner international critical acclaim in future roles such as In the Mood for Love and Clean. Sonic Youth’s ‘Tunic (Song for Karen)’ foreshadows a rebellious and subversive act: “Goodbye Hollywood,” Kim Gordon sings, as Cheung finds herself in Irma Vep’s clothes, prowling the…

The Underground Railroad is a revelatory telling of a complex tale

She dismisses his request out of hand and rejoins the festivities that are abruptly interrupted by the slave owning Randall brothers. Jenkins has proven time and again that he is the maestro of fusing love and suffering, acknowledging that life cannot exist with the absence of either. This is Cora’s cue to flee. In a groundbreaking 10-part series for Amazon Prime, Oscar-winner Barry Jenkins masterfully elevates this epic and complex tale. The Underground Railroad is a revelatory telling of a complex tale Barry Jenkins’ adaptation of Colson Whitehead’s Pulitzer Prize-winner…

To Those Who Wish Me Dead

Here, femininity baffles the writer that gave Emily Blunt the role of a lifetime not so long ago in Sicario. But were you really waiting for this? Jolie burns bright, and yet all the film around her can do is fizzle. Share this Share this Angelina Jolie is pitted against the forces of nature in this damp squib of a thriller from writer/director Taylor Sheridan.Angelina Jolie has not appeared as a human woman in a Hollywood studio production for six long years. A chance at redemption comes in the form…

The Woman in the Window

When the Russells move across the street, right into the scope of her telescopic lens, she befriends wife Jane (Moore, the sole cast member taking a real bite out of the big steaming roast she’s been served) and gets bad vibes from husband Alistair (Oldman). In either instance, the artier flourishes do nothing but hint at the riskier iteration of this movie we’ll never see. As long as she’s contained in a movie this anodyne, however, she has nothing to worry about. A surreal apparition in Anna’s living room cannily…

Every Video Nasty ranked from worst to best

It’s a film closer in spirit to the darker side of Ingmar Bergman than it is to a cheapjack gore flicks, depicting family break-up and mental breakdown as a symbolic symptom of feeling your body is being invaded by an alien being. Prisoner of the Cannibal God (1978) Directed by Sergio Martino Aka The Mountain of the Cannibal God; Slave of the Cannibal God Passed with cuts; re-released with cuts in 2018 With its big-name cast (Stacy Keach! Aside from the splat-happy opening 30 minutes, the film lurches into vapid…

Bong Joon-ho is sets to make waves with his first animated feature

If that’s the case, that would make this his The Adventures of Tintin, an intriguing experiment in an unfamiliar medium guaranteed to yield unusual results at the very least. Though this seems no less universally accessible – we are all fated to develop contentious, complex relationships to our spinal health as the years go on. (And that’s in addition to the HBO series spinoff of Parasite, a gig as President on this year’s jury at the Venice Film Festival, and some other to-be-produced screenplay work.) Screen Daily has revealed that…

The trailer for The Sparks Brothers salutes a singular musical legacy

The trailer for The Sparks Brothers salutes a singular musical legacy Edgar Wright directs the form-pushing documentary about the legendary Los Angeles pop duo. Published 13 May 2021 Share this Director and lifelong Sparks fan Edgar Wright brings a levity and experimentalism to the proceedings, dabbling in papier-mâché stop-motion, animation, and other mixed-media shenanigans to convey the avant-garde spirit of the band. The Sparks Brothers comes to cinemas in the US on 18 June, and then the UK on 30 July. In his review from this year’s Sundance Film Festival,…

From far, far away to 4chan – The surprising legacy of Shrek

Luckily it’s changed a lot since then, but you’d be getting guys coming out of college who had barely even dated trying to animate Cameron Diaz…” Jenson adds, “We needed someone to talk to our animators about flattering light and make up so Fiona felt warm and alive. Both of them had this vulnerability that really informed the character. I think it was difficult for him emotionally, but at the same time he respected what had been done before. “It’s a close-up and all of the acting is in his…

Homoeroticism and sexual repression in Wake in Fright

Following the plight of John Grant (Gary Bond), an English schoolteacher returning home from his post in an Australian backwater, Wake in Fright adopts the guise of a rote ’70s survival thriller. Janette enables one of the film’s most effective moments, when Grant follows her into the kitchen as she cleans up after the men and asks her if she needs help, the cautious, closeted schoolteacher rebounding into the only halfway empathetic person for miles. When the affection-starved Janette propositions Grant he clumsily follows her under the close watch of…

Army of the Dead

At just shy of two-and-a-half hours in length, Army of the Dead shambles from one set-piece to the next, mostly filmed with Snyder’s trademark grey-blue colour palette (he also serves as DoP) which seems at odds with Las Vegas’ reputation as a garish, neon-lit wonderland in the middle of the desert. This does create a sense of unease, as we’re still supposed to root for the human protagonists, even as they slice and dice their way through primitive hoards that are capable of experiencing emotion. And the zombies are actually…

Matt Damon seeks justice for his daughter in the Stillwater trailer

This summer will bring a more fitting addition to his filmography with Stillwater, a crime drama pitched to the grown-ups. Matt Damon leads the cast as an oil rig worker from the American heartland, gone to France on a mission: his daughter (Abigail Breslin) has been accused of murder and tossed in the clink. Published 11 May 2021 Share this Stillwater open in cinemas in the US on 30 July and the UK on 6 August. He finds an ally in an area woman (Camille Cottin) who could very well…

Paul Mescal will take to the Irish countryside for an A24 psychodrama

In any case, this seems like the next step on Mescal’s path to outgrowing the small screen and reintroducing himself as a movie star, a move that has already paired him with Maggie Gyllenhall for her next directorial effort. Deadline reports that A24 will produce and distribute the film, which has already drawn a noteworthy pair of stars in Emily Watson and dreamboat du jour Paul Mescal, recently of TV’s Normal People. Paul Mescal will take to the Irish countryside for an A24 psychodrama Co-directors Anna Rose Holmer and Saela…

Some Kind of Heaven

Shot in old-fashioned 4:3 aspect ratio, Some Kind of Heaven shows that both comedy and pathos play best in a wide shot, giving characters space to careen through frame on a ninth-hole joyride, or despondently push a shopping trolley past fluoro-lit bottles of pinot. Share this Share this This poignant documentary throws open the pearly gates of Florida’s largest retirement village.It’s five o’clock somewhere – in this case, America’s largest retirement community – when Lynn, a golf cart salesperson who’s nicknamed himself The Margarita Man, friendzones middle-aged Barbara in the…

Venom: Let There Be Carnage gets a gooey first trailer

In any case, it’s a relief to see a superhero vehicle with a sincere commitment to physical comedy, as opposed to the occasional tossed-off one-liner. He somehow also gains a symbiotic hanger-on and becomes the force of destruction known as Carnage, who’s basically just Venom, except more violent, and also the color red. If we’re lucky, maybe Eddie and the friend living in his consciousness will treat us to a song-and-dance softshoe number. Published 10 May 2021 Share this It’s just motion-capture CGI freakshow versus motion-capture CGI freakshow (it’s starting…