Martin Eden

In Retrospect. “Life disgusts me, “ he confesses. Almost immediately, judgments associated with class and political affiliations complicate Martin’s pursuit of becoming a published writer. During the film’s beguiling opening sequence, Marcello uses degraded silent film footage to signify a tormented, broken artist slipping back in time to confront his past. It’s hard to forget the emotional scars left behind by Luca Marinelli’s titanic performance. He even intervenes when the dock’s local security guard harasses a young man for trespassing, levelling the former with one punch. This doesn’t stop Marcello…

The Surrogate

If the film is intellectually sturdy, and laudably loose in its approach to acting and character, it occasionally suffers somewhat from staging what feels like a series of dialectical vignettes in a succession of cafes and kitchens: a little more animation, or cinematic welly, could lift it out of that cinema-of-ideas cul-de-sac. But this is a finely turned exercise. The Surrogate Review by Caspar Salmon @CasparSalmon Share this Directed by Jeremy Hersh Starring Chris Perfetti Jasmine Batchelor Sullivan Jones Anticipation. Jeremy Hersh shows great promise in his debut feature. An…

They Might Be Giants remains a playful take on the Sherlock Holmes mythos

Someone will die tonight, but will it be them or Holmes and his Boswell, facing their nemesis one last time so that Justin Playfair and Mildred can live again? Time for our heroes to make a stand – like the lawmen in Justin’s favourite westerns – and step into that searching light. They Might Be Giants remains a playful take on the Sherlock Holmes mythos George C Scott and Joanne Woodward are a perfect match in this cunning pastiche of the Great Detective. They Might Be Giants isn’t really about…

Roger Deakins is publishing a deluxe book of his photography

Over five decades of jobs and life, Deakins has amassed a staggering backlog of both casual snapshots and carefully composed artworks, dating back to his post-graduate years. All the same, it provides an intimate view through the eye of a peerless image constructor, showing us how he sees the world in his inimitable way. The publisher’s included description gets into finer detail on the trajectory of Deakins’ career, divided into phases organized around a common theme: “After graduating from college Deakins spent a year photographing life in rural North Devon,…