The Eyes of Tammy Faye – first look review

Somewhere between realizing why her marriage wasn’t working, striking up an almost-affair with another man, and developing one of those pill addictions that always seem to creep in around the second act of movies like this, she strayed from the light. Growing up under an ascetic Pentecost (Cherry Jones) guarded in her affections created a hole in chipmunk-cheeked Tammy Faye, which she’d spend her whole life trying in vain to fill with the love of her eventual husband Jim Bakker (Andrew Garfield) and the extravagant wealth he’d bring her. Those…

Dashcam – first-look review

Unfortunately, for some viewers, this might not matter, as it all comes down to Annie. Published 12 Sep 2021 Share this Although many still reduced women to future victims, characters such as Halloween’s Laurie or Nightmare on Elm Street’s Nancy always seemed inspiring due to their growth from innocent bystanders to powerful fighters. Nevertheless, even the most hardened horror fan is likely to feel a chill up their spine during the film. This will undoubtedly be a question that hangs over the film leading up to its official release. Once…

Hedwig and the Angry Inch remains a testament to self-acceptance

Miriam Shor, who played Yitzhak, Hedwig’s assistant, backing singer and husband in both Mitchell’s film and the original stage production, agrees that Hedwig is a story for anyone who has ever felt othered. Published 12 Sep 2021 Share this When they’ve been so hurt and so misused. Of course, the titular character is not the sole underdog in this story. It’s about answering the question: How can you come to a place where you love yourself?” The musical, Shor adds, came to life through workshops, “​​sitting in some abandoned office…

Audrey Diwan’s L’Événement wins the Golden Lion at Venice 2021

Published 12 Sep 2021 Share this The film, about a teenager searching desperately for an abortion in 1960s France, is an incredible achievement, fully deserving of its accolades and will now hopefully be off on a long and winding run through festivals and cinemas – hopefully some of which will be in locales with restrictive abortion laws. Not soured at all by the fact that your trusty scribe returned home with a dose of Covid-19. And that now makes two major European festivals giving awards to films about women’s bodies…

Earwig – first-look review

Mia flashes a translucent smile and their cycle looks set to continue. Vials fastened to elaborate headgear collect saliva from Mia’s mouth, which is subsequently poured into a mould of her teeth and sealed inside a freezer. A positively disorienting film, if not always for the right reasons. Earwig consciously lacks the clarity we’re taught to ultimately expect from mysteries –   but then Hadžihalilović is not in the business of making clear-cut mysteries. The film’s last-gasp reveal is superbly realised, but clouded by a desire to cling on to…

Neptune Frost – first-look review

Among the more memorable soundtrack cuts is ‘Fuck Mr Google’, a scene that lays bare its oppositional stance to the encroaching exploitation by digital conglomerates. “Unanimous goldmine,” for starters, serves as a salutation between the “resource-rich”. A cataclysmic conflict between hazily defined factions is a-brewing, though the stakes – nothing short of the soul of Africa, denuded of its resources and left by industrial concerns to wither – are evident. Whether cooking whatever would grow in an arid climate or making music with anything on hand (many of the songs…