One Second – first look review

That the three leads are all anonymous or pseudonymous adds to the story’s fable-like vibe and the interpretation of each of them as an archetype. It’s also the flip side of the mournful anecdote about Georges Méliès’ films being melted down and turned into boot heels in Martin Scorsese’s Hugo. No one in town is more eager to see the film fixed and screened than an enigmatic unnamed outsider (Zhang Yi), who is eventually revealed to be a fugitive from a nearby prison farm. When the time comes to screen…

Benediction – first-look review

The string of discreet affairs he enjoyed with other men, including the caddish music hall star Ivor Novello (Jeremy Irvine) and the flamboyant socialite ​​Stephen Tennant (Calam Lynch), make up the bulk of the film’s two-and-a-quarter-hour runtime. In Scotland, Sassoon meets a shell-shocked aspiring poet named Wilfred Owen, whose own provocative ode of remembrance, ‘Disabled’, is read aloud by Lowden at the end of the film. His letter ‘A Soldier’s Declaration’, printed in 1917 and controversially read before the House of Commons, was perhaps the strongest anti-war statement of its…

Jagged – first-look review

“A culture doesn’t listen.” The revelation comes rather late in the film, but in a way that parallels the way that adult Morissette has had to unpack the experience years removed from it. Surrounded by her books, 40-something Morissette is unflinching, eloquent, and quite funny. Around the same time as she’s being interviewed, Morissette is gearing up to release 2020’s Such Pretty Forks in the Road, her first album in eight years. To some extent, the sequence suggests, the song doesn’t need explaining. Aside from the star herself, who reports…