Is this the first major artistic response to life under the pandemic?

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French Exit

Jacobs achieves a handful of indelible moments within an uneven whole. Published 29 Jun 2021 Share this She burns through her stacked reserves of cash along with the goodwill of the people surrounding her. The leisurely sort of bustle gives the impression of a rather dour farce, in particular when everyone convenes for arguments and party games. Either way, she’s a specimen to behold as she treats everyone in sight with a delicious contempt, none more so than the lonely neighbour (Valerie Mahaffey) so starved for human contact that she…

Last Man Standing

As soon as someone suggests an alternative theory – like a historically violent Tupac willingly leaning into Blood affiliation, P Diddy’s rival Bad Boy Records also being surrounded by murderous gang members, or a generous Knight spending millions of dollars to feed single mothers and employ homeless people – it’s quickly superseded by a more thorough anecdote by a hanger-on that eagerly positions Knight as the devil incarnate. And much like various other filmic explorations into the Biggie and Tupac murders, Broomfield’s film, replete with cheap G-Funk instrumentals and random…

Two Irish sisters share a bitter reunion in the scorching trailer for Wildfire

Wildfire has already been feted on the festival circuit, having graced the online marché at last year’s scaled-back Cannes as well as the virtual Discovery Showcase at the Toronto International Film Festival. Brady represents an intriguing, promising new voice in the Irish cinema as it continues to grow on the world stage, an instant one-to-watch. That’s the jumping-off point for Cathy Brady‘s new film Wildfire, the first trailer for which premieres exclusively here at Little White Lies today. Share this Words Charles Bramesco @intothecrevasse Share this Share this As the…

Tony Soprano gets himself a gun once again in The Many Saints of Newark trailer

He’d rather spend his time listening to records and being a hooligan, but he’ll soon get caught up in the percolating gang war fought by his father Johnny Boy (Jon Bernthal) and his associate Dickie Moltisanti (Alessandro Nivola). Between the impressionistic performances — observe Farmiga’s sigh, so studied to resemble Nancy Marchand’s — and the snippet of the Alabama 3 theme song, the trailer makes a conscious effort to evoke the public’s affectionate memories of the original show. The young Tony (portrayed by original actor James Gandolfini‘s son, Michael) struggles…

Discover this postmodern, manga-inspired meditation on authorship

There is also a heavy noir inflection to the proceedings, with Yosuke as the melancholic chump and Barbara the femme fatale, playing out their doomed, self-consuming love affair beneath neon lights to the strains of a jazz soundtrack. As his readership grew up, they yearned for more mature material, and from the late ’60s, Tezuka would start engaging with the now decade-old alternative gekiga movement which produced manga with more adult themes. Focusing heavily on the contribution, both positive and negative, made to art by drinking, Tekuza’s Barbara is woozily…

Who is Cate Shortland and why has she directed a Marvel movie?

This appears to be a common move for Marvel: to hire filmmakers with a background in indie or festival films and then catapult them to this alien world of fame, fortune and celebrity. The much-anticipated blockbuster is a huge deal for Shortland who is making history as Marvel’s first female solo director. For the Australian director Cate Shortland, this will come with the added relief of finally placing the spotlight on her as latest directorial effort, Marvel’s Black Widow, will finally be released a little over a year after its…

In praise of Krzysztof Kieslowski’s sugar cube

In her ambivalence Julie does not react to his advances. Textures and characteristics of everyday objects are brought so close into focus that the rest of the world simply fades into the background. The use of shallow focus, forming a silhouette around the coffee cup, signifies her protective shield against the loss that has engulfed her, and as the sugar cube slowly changes colour Julie’s emotional battle becomes clear; she must relearn how to interact with the world around her again. Share this Words Matthew Walker Share this Share this…

How Legally Blonde became an unlikely feminist classic

Cinema long has been plagued by the dumb blonde stereotype, ever since Marilyn Monroe leapt off the screen in 1953’s Gentlemen Prefer Blondes with Jane Russell, the smart and capable brunette, at her side. It’s here the film’s message is revealed. Elle is persecuted because of the way she looks, but rather than letting it define or defeat her, she instead gradually begins to thrive at Harvard after being told she is “not good enough” one too many times. This era’s obsession with strong female characters has narrowed the path…

Michael Myers slashes his way through the Halloween Kills trailer

This time, however, the equally hard-to-kill Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis, reprising her career’s signature role) isn’t just going to survive — she’s going to fight back. That title certainly sounds final, but if we learned anything from H20, it’s that there’s no resolution Michael Myers’ creators aren’t willing to undo for the sake of continuation. Share this Words Charles Bramesco @intothecrevasse Share this Share this Hollow-eyed homicidal psychopath Michael Myers has the tenacity of a cockroach, refusing to die no matter how many times he’s seemingly vanquished. She theorizes…

The Filmmaker’s House

Isaacs may be mending fences with his neighbours, and his home may bring xenophobes and migrants, Muslims and Jews, all under the one convivial roof – but there is not enough room here to accommodate the awful, insistent reality of Mikel’s problems or, precisely, his homelessness. The Filmmaker’s House Review by Anton Bitel @AntBit Share this Directed by Marc Isaacs Starring Keith Martin Luz Nery Villada Rachel Wexler Anticipation. Published 24 Jun 2021 Share this So The Filmmaker’s House seems to offer itself as a cordial alternative to the kind…

Fatima

Flashes of destruction and violence look amateur and spliced in from another film. This undermines the adept quality of scenery and carefully considered camera work displayed earlier. Each interval provides a useful opportunity to refocus, analyse and engage with the wider questions around the cost of faith. In Retrospect. Fatima succeeds most with its world-building. Enjoyment. It’s established that the two share different views, with Nichols serving as an entry point for both non-believers and those unfamiliar with faith-based films. Yet what’s truly unsettling is how in these fleeting moments…

Uncovering a new wave of innovative Greek documentaries

We are then confronted with people who long for life, beauty and excitement, despite the confines of old age and societal neglect. After a migration to online screenings for 2020, this year the festival adopts a hybrid format of screenings in open-air cinemas and terraces, as well as an online component that runs between June 24 and July 4, while also presenting a new podcast section to explore the affinities between the genres. Of the massive line-up, we’ve decided to focus on five Greek documentaries, each with diverse subject matters…

The first trailer for The Harder They Fall revives the Black Western with style

For first-time feature director Jeymes Samuel — a music supervisor for Baz Luhrmann’s Great Gatsby film, and a frequent collaborator with Jay-Z, who’s credited as a producer on The Harder They Fall — this is familiar territory, the same subject material covered in his album They Die By Dawn and the short film produced to accompany it. Share this Words Charles Bramesco @intothecrevasse Share this Share this Earlier this year, boutique streaming service the Criterion Channel programmed a twelve-film series of Black Westerns, looking back on the golden era of…

Fast & Furious 9

Enjoyment. Naturally mileage may vary based on the tolerance one has for car chases and dialogue that has no basis in the way human beings actually talk to one another, and at least half an hour could have been shaved off the 145-minute runtime. When his old crew turns up with news that their associate Mr. Absolute lack of any family resemblance aside, it’s an inspired choice: while Diesel’s Dominic Toretto is the cool, calm and collected Head of the Family, little brother Jacob is the hotheaded prodigal son turned…