How comic books conquered the world

The partnership with Dynamite Entertainment launched a limited-edition range of fan-favourite comic franchises, starting with the coveted lithograph collection and its ground-breaking series, The BOYS. Much like the comic books themselves, these 15 minute segments functioned as a way to pull punters back into the cinema each week by ending on a miniature cliffhanger and tempting customers to find out what happens next. In short, we’re really living in a big, big moment for comics as an artistic medium: Nick Barrucci, founder and CEO of comic book publisher Dynamite Entertainment…

Joanna Hogg’s memoir goes meta in the first trailer for The Souvenir Part II

Where’s a filmmaker to go from there? In her first-look review from Cannes, our own Hannah Strong was effusive, declaring Hogg’s latest as “an immaculate study of grief and filmmaking. One can only hope that she goes the Charlie Kaufman route and continues in concentric diegetic circles – the next film will be about Julie making a film about her efforts to make that previous film, with Hogg directing Swinton-Byrne directing her actress directing yet another actress, and so on and so forth. While the film sometimes teases its self-reflexive…

No Time to Die

But superficial changes count for very little when the basic quandary of why Bond exists – and by extension, why Bond films still exist – remains the same. Rather, it is an intensely personal, at times cloyingly earnest, film whose stakes are closer to home and consequently higher. Enjoyment. We’ve been expecting you… Having been delayed first by Danny Boyle’s departure as director and then by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Daniel Craig’s last dance as a Double-O agent has been a long, long time coming. In a film which is…

Întregalde – first-look review

In essence, the stranded car is an immovable object suggesting today’s wayward Romania, stagnating in its effort to build and improve by a populace at odds with itself. Întregalde – first-look review Three aid workers are led on a detour through darkest Transylvania in Radu Muntean’s allegorical intergenerational drama.Ah, sweet Romania: land of weatherbeaten fences and faces, of bureaucratic gridlock and governmental corruption. Kente’s fixation on the mill gestures to a signifier of national industry long since rusted out, a read affirmed once everyone gets there only to find it…

Why Timothy Dalton is the best James Bond actor

So when Timothy Dalton was handed his licence to kill, he insisted that he would abandon the fantasy of the Moore era and bring the character back down to earth. When Bond disobeys an order to shoot a beautiful female sniper, the distaste with which he regards his grim profession is palpable. “The audience should quite simply believe that the man, the character they’re watching, James Bond, does them,” he argued. It remains a thrillingly bold interpretation – perhaps, dare one say it, the best. Why Timothy Dalton is the…

Paul Thomas Anderson takes us back in time with the Licorice Pizza trailer

It looks like Licorice Pizza will maintain the somewhat lighter tone of the past couple features, moving away from the towering intensity of his earlier work and into a phase characterized by lost men infatuated with difficult-to-pin-down women. Paul Thomas Anderson takes us back in time with the Licorice Pizza trailer In ’70s SoCal, a tentative romance blossoms between cool girl Alana Haim and newcomer Cooper Hoffman. The clip below somewhat elucidates what’s been a hazy plot up to this point: Cooper Hoffman portrays an up-and-coming young actor named Gary…

Why excessive swearing is essential to Martin Scorsese’s The Departed

Maybe not. When asked by a fellow officer whether his department has any undercover cops in Costello’s gang, Dignam replies with a perfect tricolon: “Maybe. That’s roughly once every two minutes, making it only Scorsese’s fourth most profane film (The Wolf of Wall Street boasts a whopping 569 F-bombs). Swearing quickly becomes the currency of the film’s central preoccupation: how to make your way as a hard man in a hard town. Who needs the bard when you have blasphemy this good. The Departed is full of variations on this…

The Tragedy of Macbeth – first-look review

And that won’t stop him from making ’em like they used to. Published 25 Sep 2021 Share this Not the medieval era in which Macbeth (Denzel Washington, at the height of his powers) jockeyed for the throne of Scotland, however, instead transporting us to the first half of the twentieth century, when the membrane between Tinseltown and the most highbrow halls of Broadway was more porous and permissive. During what we may have to sadly refer to as the “brothers era,” their typical project would be packed with commentary, symbolism,…

Sweetheart

The chemistry between the two girls is palpable, and it’s refreshing to see a lesbian coming-of-age story that gives more of a focus to the characters’ intricacies and personal battles, rather than any overarching sexual tension. Published 24 Sep 2021 Share this This festival crowd-pleaser sounds charmingly sweet. Isla tells AJ: “It’s the best thing about being on holiday, right? She becomes captivated by the dreamy figure of Isla (Ella-Rae Smith), a flirty yet impulsive 18-year-old lifeguard who works at the resort. Her journey isn’t straightforward in any way, but…

The Green Knight

The journey to seek his destiny becomes Gawain’s noble quest, taking him across the windswept British isles where he encounters all manner of friends and foes. As such, it’s a curiously contemporary story despite the medieval setting; one of expectations and restraints, the desire for freedom and the looming question of whether fate is decided for us or by us. Published 24 Sep 2021 Share this The charismatic, laddish Garwain (Dev Patel) leads a charmed life in Camelot, drinking with friends and canoodling with his peasant lover Essel (Alicia Vikander).…

A new exhibition opens a window into Wes Anderson’s The French Dispatch

A new exhibition opens a window into Wes Anderson’s The French Dispatch After seeing the sets, props and costumes from the film, visitors can stop at a Parisian-style café. The exhibition runs for one month from 14 October to 14 November and tickets go on sale 26 September at 180thestrand.com Published 24 Sep 2021 Share this 180 Studios have announced plans for an upcoming event at their space on The Strand, with a host of props, sets and costumes used in Anderson’s latest film, The French Dispatch. They rolled out…

Kristen Stewart makes a run for it as Lady Di in the Spencer trailer

Share this Words Charles Bramesco @intothecrevasse Share this Share this With the fall film festivals either wrapped up or soon to be, the ever-lengthening Oscar prognostication season has officially begun. In his review out of the premiere at the Venice Film Festival, man-on-the-scene David Jenkins wasn’t so taken with the film, describing the writing as “often witless and banal, leaving Larraín and the actors to heroically milk the drama from a string of interactions that are either overstuffed with ‘meaning,’ or just deathly dull.” He went on to add that…

Oasis Knebworth 1996

An immense time capsule of the ’90s biggest British rock ’n’ roll gigs. Fun for everyone else. This particular way of experiencing the concert is actually shown in one of the film’s well-realised re-enactments, which are given extra credibility from fan voiceovers. After Supersonic and Liam Gallagher: As It Was, one might question the need for yet another Oasis doc, but in this case the end the effort is justified, especially if you came of age to these very tunes. Share this Share this The inside story of one of…

A new documentary explores Scotland’s climate crisis history

They’re actually really ambitious prestige films that are very convincing examples of greenwashing, saying things like, ‘Yes, the weather’s changing, but that’s just because we have the technology to better understand it now,’ or, ‘The problem is population growth.’” As Munro points out, cinema’s relationship to the environment is something that is rarely discussed. “It was a bit like getting in a time machine,” says Munro about researching the film in the National Library of Scotland’s archive. Find out more at takeoneaction.org.uk Published 22 Sep 2021 Share this With seas…