Why Secrets & Lies remains a masterclass in framing

As the film progresses and the characters come closer to facing these hidden truths, the closer the camera gets. That way, nobody gets hurt.” The truth is out – peace at last – so Leigh goes wide. His skills lie not just with dialogue, characterisation and his understanding of actors. Even the affluent Monica and Maurice in their giant suburban home feel locked in, somehow rattling around the tightness of these shots, flanked by the walls of their homes; Leigh often switches from a static to handheld camera to crank…

Passing

It’s more about options for survival and what it means for a Black person to enter into what is perceived as the promised land of white largesse and freedom. The handsome black-and-white photography has been used to make the film feel old timey, but also serves to emphasise the central ruse. She’s gotten herself hitched to a dapper gent who’s also a virulent racist (Alexander Skarsgård), so despite the smiles and the spritz, her life is in fact a ticking time bomb. Clare sees Reenie as the route back to…

Paul Mescal and Josh O’Connor will find love in a WWI-era romance

We’ve yet to even hear Mescal’s American accent, and fans of Hermanus will wonder how he’ll take to the transplant as well. While they roam the countryside and the global conflict rages elsewhere, the men find a tender love with one another, bound to culminate in a hushed and tender sex scene sure to make many a teenage girl’s brain instantaneously liquefy. While the pedigree of the talent involved cannot be denied, it’s a bit odd that a team with such distinct roots in the UK would be tapped for…

Quant

Share this Share this Sadie Frost directs this illuminating profile doc on the 1960s fashion icon and progenitor of the miniskirt.Actor Sadie Frost’s directorial debut rides on an aesthetic wave of the Swinging Sixties by taking the iconic fashion designer Mary Quant as its subject. Published 28 Oct 2021 Share this Quant ends by highlighting a major retrospective exhibition of her work which took place at the V&A in 2019 – one of the museum’s most popular exhibits ever. The label remains incredibly popular in Japan, and while Quant herself…

The Nowhere Inn

It’s a promise The Nowhere Inn has no real intention of fulfilling. The Nowhere Inn Review by Emily Maskell @EmMaskell Share this Directed by Bill Benz Starring Annie Clark Carrie Brownstein Drew Connick Anticipation. First-time filmmaker Bill Benz presents a metafictional mockumentary, concert film, and psychological thriller written by real-life friends and collaborators Annie Clark (better known by her stage name St Vincent) and Carrie Brownstein, who play fictional, satirised versions of themselves. Brownstein craves such imagery, yet all her doc seems to capture is a jarring juxtaposition consisting of…

Asghar Farhadi weaves another tense drama in the first trailer for A Hero

That precarious status quo evokes the work of Charles Dickens, whose father spent numerous stints in the debtors’ prison of the Victorian era, and even Charlie Chaplin, who gets a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it cameo.” In the US, the film is set to receive an awards qualifying rollout just after the New Year, Farhadi’s work having been a perennial favorite of Oscar voters. Share this Words Charles Bramesco @intothecrevasse Share this Share this Nothing can stop Asghar Farhadi, the most esteemed director in the modern Iranian cinema – not Donald Trump’s “Muslim ban”…

Azor

In Retrospect. The film takes place during the country’s military junta of the mid-’70s and through to the ’80s, and as affable as Yvan appears to be, the political context is of no interest to him whatsoever. In its cloistered world of privileged men talking in room, hatching plans to parlay their fortunes into power, it recalls a stripped-back John le Carré-like spy yarn, particularly the general sense of world-weariness and apathy among the players. Published 27 Oct 2021 Share this Fontana doesn’t lean too heavily on how this scion…

Last Night in Soho

Edgar Wright, riding high on the success of his recent Sparks doc. Enjoyment. The film is at its best when holding back details and sculpting fine character details, but the intensity is ramped up far too early and it becomes increasingly tough to take the plot seriously, or build an emotional connection with its climactic revelations. Share this Share this This time-travelling neo-giallo from Edgar Wright contains a few stunning sequences, but flubs the final act. This trick features heavily in Last Night in Soho, as Wright flexes his considerable…

Survivors of abuse in the church take back their stories in the Procession trailer

Harrowing, intelligent, and boundlessly empathetic, it’ll deserve all the recognition it gets. Survivors of abuse in the church take back their stories in the Procession trailer The new documentary from Robert Greene uses dramatic reenactment to process trauma. The film chronicles the director’s close collaboration with six men — Joe Eldred, Mike Foreman, Ed Gavagan, Dan Laurine, Michael Sandridge, and Tom Viviano — as they write and produce short films stylizing their memories of these difficult experiences. With glowing reviews from Telluride and its controversial hot-button subject matter, this could…

The Harder They Fall

The Harder They Fall Review by Cheyenne Bunsie @_CheySays Share this Directed by Jeymes Samuel Starring Idris Elba Jonathan Majors Regina King Anticipation. Thus two teams assemble ready for an inevitable bullet-filled smackdown. In Retrospect. And we want more. From its blood-spattered outset, The Harder They Fall establishes itself as a stylised western with elements of technique and ironic gestures that are sure to draw comparisons to Quentin Tarantino. A star-studded cast in a slick shoot ’em up. Yet Samuel’s own background and motivations bring something distinctly different to this…

Why Dario Argento’s Deep Red remains a trashy masterpiece

It is well worth watching them. Here it is Gianna who is both positioned above her male passenger, and very much in the driver’s seat – and from this a more general lesson can be drawn about the film’s inversion of gender norms, at least according to the sexist Marcus. Share this Words Anton Bitel @AntBit Share this Share this A sweet children’s song, a Christmas tree in a cosy domestic setting, silhouettes on the wall showing one person viciously stabbing another, and then a blood-stained knife falling to the…

Discover the London East Asia Film Festival 2021

LEAFF (sponsored by Nongshim, HiteJinro, Korea Cultural Heritage Foundation, and the City of Jeonju) runs throughout October. Min Kyu-dong’s South Korean The Prayer, meanwhile, takes the sci-fi-tinged of android nurses to muse on the ethical dilemmas of care and convalescence. Check out their full programme at leaff.org.uk Published 22 Oct 2021 Share this As a way to enhance this sense of immersion further, LEAFF have created their own innovative, festival-specific “Taste of Asia” food menu in collaboration with Michelin-starred chef Joo Won and supported by Korea’s most popular noodle company,…

Playlist

Or, perhaps she is romanticising a life that is not hers through the potential suitors that she comes across (some more serious than others). Passivity from the protagonist mean the 84-minute runtime drags. Playlist is nothing if not stylish, reminiscent of Noah Baumbach’s indie darling Frances Ha, its focus being a millennial woman who absolutely does not have her shit together. In Retrospect. It is clear from the outset that Playlist is working towards more of a character study than a high-stakes drama. Her luck begins to change, if only…

Why I love Ellen Burstyn’s performance in The Last Picture Show

At the realisation of having spoken such an intimate truth out loud, she lets out a soft giggle before punctuating the statement with a simple “just terrible”, lowering her eyes for a brief second so as to avoid any mercy Sonny may offer in response. Though not particularly progressive for the 1970s, the decade in which it was made, the film is certainly progressive for the ’50s, the decade in which it is set. Why I love Ellen Burstyn’s performance in The Last Picture Show She inhabits the role of…