In praise of Beautiful Thing, a quintessentially British coming out movie

It’s a moment of peaceful consolidation in which Jamie’s caring touches are fleeting but committed. Over the course of a hot summer 16-year-old Jamie (Glen Berry) experiences a profound sexual awakening, wrestling with his feelings for the boy next door, Ste (Scott Neal). A subtextual ode to the importance of LGBTQ+ spaces, the camera navigates the pub at eye-level with Jamie and Ste as they weave through the crowd, immersing them in an optimistic and accepting communal queer space. Jamie’s bedroom is not the only safe space the boys find.…

Pulp, Police and Politics: The hard and fast world of Poliziotteschi

The general violence is especially indebted to Italy’s Horror cinema and its penchant for extreme, gut wrenching bloodiness and brutality. These films took violence to extreme levels, mixing pulp and politics to create a heady body of work that is still controversial to this day. Birthed from the growing trend for heist films, influenced initially by French thrillers by the likes of Jean-Pierre Melville, the genre soon came in to its own. Criminals weren’t simply villains, they were virtually demonic. Another overt influence came from Sam Peckinpah, with many films…

Fast cars and smashed spines abound in the first trailer for Titane

Fast cars and smashed spines abound in the first trailer for Titane A car showroom model, a grieving father, and a woman with a mysterious past cross paths in Julia Ducournau’s latest. Julia Ducournau’s follow-up to 2016’s Raw has been a long time coming, with production put on a temporary hiatus back in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but the film titled Titane is locked in and ready for a bow at the resurgent Cannes. Just this morning, the general public got the opportunity for a good gander at…

Walter Hill’s new western pits Christoph Waltz against Willem Dafoe

Share this Words Charles Bramesco @intothecrevasse Share this Share this The programming at the Cannes Film Festival offers the public a sneak preview of the coming year-plus in cinema, but that’s only half of it. Once he crosses the line into unsettled lands, he runs into his outlaw nemesis (that’s Dafoe) and makes the surprising discovery that the woman he’s pursuing has gone of her own volition, escaping her abusive husband to start a new life with her lover free of racial persecution. Subscribe to the LWLies newsletter Published 21…