The grisly, greasy-spoon horror of Robert Hartford-Davis

Corruption’s latter half feels in some ways a dry a run for this killer-in-suburbia narrative; albeit Cushing starts his stalking in a Soho flat à la Peeping Tom, and concludes his grisly murder spree on the Lewes coast. However, the healing isn’t permanent and soon requires fresh material. Over the course of several years, a number of sex workers were murdered around West London by a still-unknown killer dubbed ‘Jack the Stripper’ by the papers. In reality, the film is more of a kitsch artefact, a genre mash-up of ’60s…

See the first trailer for Todd Haynes’ Velvet Underground documentary

With just a small handful of albums, most notably including their collaboration with the German artist and Andy Warhol affiliate Nico, they inspired everyone from David Bowie to Ian Curtis. There’s no thrill, no intrigue in hagiography. Published 30 Aug 2021 Share this In his review from the premiere at Cannes earlier this year, our man on the scene Michael Leader wrote positively of the film: “…Haynes finds an enthralling middle ground between hero worship and ambivalence. Share this Words Charles Bramesco @intothecrevasse Share this Share this In the pantheon…

40 years on, Body Heat remains a sweaty, seductive erotic thriller

Looking back 40 years on from the film’s release, it’s clear to see how Kathleen Turner’s breakout performance forged a new path for women in Hollywood throughout the 1980s and ’90s. But they had an undeniably seductive effect on audiences, wearing their sleaze on their sleeve and giving women complex roles that placed the power firmly in their sweaty, post-coital palms. The heatwave that the characters constantly refer to becomes a character in itself, quite literally adding a layer of hot air to the atmosphere of intense passion and deceit.…

Why I love Elizabeth Olsen’s performance in Martha Marcy May Marlene

Only the viewer is privy to the source of these remarks and behaviours. Until the final shot, multiple story readings are possible and the leading lady is attuned to this ambiguity, playing her role like a veteran rather than an ingenue. Share this Words Sophie Monks Kaufman @sopharsogood Share this Share this “Martha” is her real name, “Marcy May” is the name given to her by abusive cult leader Patrick (John Hawkes), and “Marlene” is the code name that all female cult members assume when dealing with outsiders. Olsen gives…

Five of the best films from the 74th Locarno Film Festival

In contrast to how Covid-19 has so far been unable to get a foothold on the country, The Sadness presents something of an alternate Taiwan. Published 26 Aug 2021 Share this She’s present in almost every scene of this slow-burn drama, as a spiritually and sexually frustrated young woman suffocating in rural farm life with her boyfriend and his disapproving family. After a year of lightly “combating” a pandemic with relatively benign symptoms and no reported deaths, one day the virus suddenly mutates. She Will Another notable horror effort was…

Paris Calligrammes

Share this Share this Veteran German filmmaker Ulrike Ottinger recounts her formative experiences in the French capital in the 1960s.“How can someone convert their experiences into art?” asks veteran German filmmaker Ulrike Ottinger at the beginning of her latest documentary, Paris Calligrammes. But on the other, it forces the film into an objectivity that denies us further insight into Ottinger’s artistic process and her own reflections on her experience. Taking the calligram – a piece of text arranged to look like a related image – as inspiration, Ottinger builds an…

Benedict Cumberbatch is a dastardly cowpoke in The Power of the Dog trailer

Published 26 Aug 2021 Share this A psychological battle of wills engulfs the makeshift family, as Phil and George offer unformed Peter conflicting models of masculinity while Rose sinks deeper into melancholy. Benedict Cumberbatch is a dastardly cowpoke in The Power of the Dog trailer He stars with Kirsten Dunst and Jesse Plemons in the new Western from Jane Campion. Benedict Cumberbatch delivers a career-best performance as the rough-and-tumble Phil Burbank, a rancher working with his milder-mannered brother George (Jesse Plemons) on the Montana plains circa 1925. Share this Words…

LWLies 90: The Dune issue – On sale now!

Illustrators in this issue include Alex Fine, Adriana Bellet, Emma Balebela, Nick Taylor and Rumbidzai Savanhu. The duel layer effect is a subtle hint at the man that this boy is set to become. Arrakis Rising Dune production designer Patrice Vermette discusses his dream mission. And now we’re back once more, as ‘Dune’ superfan Denis Villeneuve has earned enough tokens in Hollywood to fulfil a childhood fantasy and make a modern epic that does justice to Herbert’s densely layered and politically ripe narrative. The story so far: Chilean cine-sorcerer Alejandro…

Our Ladies

That said, other period inconsistencies prove Our Ladies’ lone bugbear: two massive hit songs from the next two years prominently feature, while signage for a Harry Potter merch shop is repeatedly visible. Without Caton-Jones’ long-held devotion to getting this made, the immediate optics of a male filmmaker helming a tale of young women eager to get shagged admittedly aren’t great. Published 25 Aug 2021 Share this Looking at the project from a more contextual vantage, there are justified discussions in contemporary film culture about who should be allowed to tell…

Tallulah Greive: ‘Working-class women aren’t homogeneous’

And I think it’s important we see that with young women. And that’s probably harsh and someone will definitely tweet me about it. LWLies: How did you get into acting? There’s a lot of that kind of really quick comparison, as with the slam-dunking of, ‘Well, only women should be telling women’s stories.’ But we don’t have enough women’s stories out there to begin with. How do you feel about the current state of access for actors from low-income backgrounds? Greive: In nursery, I played a sheep one year and…

Souad

However, these limited insights fade as Souad’s closest friends become stereotypes, like an angel and a demon on each shoulder. In its second half the film switches to Rabab’s perspective as she seeks out Ahmed. She starts relationships with older men like Ahmed (Hussain Ghanem), who lives a shiny influencer life hours away in the glamorous portside city of Alexandria, sending him a tranche of voice messages and pictures. Souad interrogates modern Egyptian society with an overly matter-of-fact tone that is only just saved by Elghaiesh’s emotive moments as a…

Candyman

While the film never seems to settle on Candyman’s agency and a few interpersonal relationships could have done with more than a single scene, this is still a searing and exceptional piece of work. He returns for Nia DaCosta’s sequel, which reframes that figure as the victim of a sadistic lynching and the first in a series of Candymen born out of the extremities of Black pain. DaCosta’s horror chops are unproven but the shadow puppet trailer was beautiful. Unexpected perspectives and slow zooms sit alongside a low abstracted score…

The Deer King

Share this Share this Studio Ghibli alums Masashi Ando and Masayuki Miyaji channels Princess Mononoke in their visually striking “medical fantasy”.Japanese animation powerhouse Studio Ghibli has become an industry all of its own as every year sees new creative talent leave the studio to develop their own independent work. Although occasionally let down by weak writing and erratic pacing, the film’s visuals are glorious. Enjoyment. A fresh take on some familiar themes and stunning visuals to boot. While on the run from imprisonment, Van meets and becomes the protector of…

Robert Eggers’ Nosferatu remake is a go, with Anya Taylor-Joy on board

The question now is who he’ll tap to portray Orlok; if he wants to stick with a stable of actors he knows, perhaps The Lighthouse stars Robert Pattinson or Willem Dafoe are available, the latter having already played Max Schreck in 2000’s Shadow of the Vampire. Share this Words Charles Bramesco @intothecrevasse Share this Share this This morning, the Los Angeles Times ran a new profile of rising star Anya Taylor-Joy, who’s currently on the sort of hot streak most young actors can only fantasize about. So it can be…