Memoria – first-look review

Memoria – first-look review Tilda Swinton is extraordinary in a film by Apichatpong Weerasethakul which comprises of “pure vibes”.Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s films are about the calm after the storm. They’re doing sound design, trying to conjure the noise that haunts her – and it’s surely significant that Hernan uses a stock library of audio effects that includes sounds like a wooden bat hitting a duvet over a human torso. Swinton, who has been on the Riviera for basically the duration of Cannes, seeing more movies than any other celebrity, and must…

Nowhere Special

Indeed, the gravity of his situation and the weight of his decision are reinforced, in a somewhat on-the-nose manner, through various shop window displays – headstones in a funeral home, plush animals in a toy store – which he routinely encounters at work. It’s simply the case that some people are not a good match, while others may be offering to take on the extra responsibility for the wrong reasons. Given just months to live, the last and most important decision he will ever make is to find young Michael…

Paris, 13th District – first-look review

Published 16 Jul 2021 Share this Little White Lies is committed to championing great movies and the talented people who make them. Become a member today. The titular neighbourhood is situated in the south of the city and is home to a large portion of its Asian population. Newcomer Lucie Zhang is particularly impressive, cutting an acerbic but vulnerable figure as Emilie, caught between familial expectation and her own interests. With keenly-observed riffs on topics including dating apps, stand-up comedy and the nature of casual dating in the modern world,…

Fear Street: 1666

Madeira plays Sarah in the 1666-set stretch of the film, though not as Deena possessing her mind and body; occasionally we get flashes of actor Elizabeth Scopel, who plays the ‘real’ Sarah. Speaking of It, that particular Stephen King story comes across as a direct influence on the exciting final act of this film. A very satisfying conclusion to this time-travelling trilogy experiment. It seems Sarah’s designation as a sinner might have been due to her love of another woman, rather than dark magic. The centrepiece lesbian romance is one…

Space Jam: A New Legacy

He enters the gym downtrodden but is soon perked up by his friend gifting him an old Nintendo Game Boy. Share this Share this This bloated reboot of the hit ’90s cartoon crossover is little more than a cynical exercise in brand synergy.Space Jam 2: A New Legacy opens with a teenaged LeBron James getting dropped off at a basketball game his mother is unable to attend. But when you look deeper inside Space Jam 2: A New Legacy it becomes even more cynical and sinister. Like watching new movies.…

Belle – first-look review

Certain narrative choices don’t make particular sense, but given that most of the film takes place in a fantasy world, this can be overlooked to an extent. While Suzu fights to keep her identity secret, she crosses paths with the much-maligned ‘Dragon’, a rather severe-looking avatar who is vastly unpopular in the game and hunted by a group called ‘The Justices’ who regard themselves as the law within U. More pertinent are the similarities to Hayao Miyazaki’s Spirited Away. She amasses millions of followers in U, but to the real…

The Restless – first-look review

The manic periods he experiences are times of immense productivity and inspiration, but also take quite a toll on Leïla (Leïla Bekhti) and Amine (Gabriel Merz Chammah) as well as his relationship with his father. Living with a certain disorder can have far-reaching ramifications for families and friends, making relationships difficult to maintain and actions hard to explain. Damien is stuck between a rock and a hard place – his medication has unpleasant side effects but without it he often loses control. Little White Lies is committed to championing great…