True Things – first-look review

The tacky kitsch of Ramsgate, with its squawking gulls and neon lights, only exacerbates True Things’ preoccupation with the unbearable cacophony of modern life. Slobby, charming and dangerous all at once, he bares his soul – and his bottom, numerous times – but is himself running from a traumatic childhood and is clearly unable to commit to the kind of stable relationship Kate yearns for. Still, the general atmosphere is compelling. Little White Lies is committed to championing great movies and the talented people who make them. Her pursuit of…

Il Buco – first-look review

This dialogue-free voyage into the unknown takes its inspiration from a spelunking mission in Calabria during the 1960s, as a close-knit crew roll up to a nearby village and then head out to the wilderness where they pitch up next to the Bifurto abyss – the third deepest sinkhole cave ever discovered. Become a member today. It’s a magnificent piece of work, completely beguiling from end to end and one which wears it’s immense philosophical profundity with admirable lightness. Frammartino captures the rag-tag team’s derring do as – with jaw-droppingly…

Official Competition – first-look review

Official Competition – first-look review Big laughs and searing insights into the artistic process power this highly enjoyable film world satire.With a world-beating lead turn in Pedro Almodóvar’s Parallel Mothers already under her belt this year, Penélope Cruz delivers another casually astounding performance in Argentinean duo Mariano Cohn and Gastón Duprat’s conceptual comedy lark, Official Competition. The film is, in many ways, a satirical sketch comedy, but one which works like gangbusters due to the commitment of the actors and the fact that it never fully strays into the realms…

Last Night in Soho – first-look review

There’s that famous scene in the Marx brothers’ comedy classic Duck Soup where Harpo pretends to be a mirror image of Groucho by perfectly mimicking his movements. Also, the film is movingly dedicated to the late Diana Rigg, and this is most definitely a plum swansong for the sixties icon. This trick features heavily in Last Night in Soho, as Wright flexes his considerable technical muscles by having Eloise and Sandie constantly switching between the foreground and a background mirror image. It is then that our heroine begins to experience…