Language Lessons – first-look review

It feels almost voyeuristic to watch this on a laptop. By nature of both characters having to talk directly into the camera at almost all times, often really close up so you can see every micro-expression crossing the actors’ faces (even in a minimised window), she’s able to craft moments of uncomfortable intimacy. Morales and Duplass also attempt to reckon with the gender, racial and class disparities and power imbalances within Adam and Cariño’s relationship, although those efforts are more messily handled. Although Language Lessons may not directly mention the…

Denis Villeneuve: ‘I’m obsessed by the idea that humans can evolve’

He was into the idea that the salvation of humanity could be by a dance with nature instead of the domination of nature, and there was already a seed of that in the novel that is very important. The protagonist of Dune, Paul Atreides, will eventually lead desert-dwelling religious fanatics in a jihadist crusade that inevitably evokes the iconography of al Qaeda or Daesh. I travelled to the States, I travelled to most parts of the world. I wanted to approach that landscape with a different scope, and be more…

Dune

And that, in itself, is no small achievement. The important scenes are allowed to play out in a way that allows for a slower, more satisfying reveal of character motivation, as well as adding necessary ballast to the emotional foundations for later in the saga. Published 19 Oct 2021 Share this The director’s now patented landscape tableau style – in which small figures are engulfed in epic, painterly vistas – helps to create one of the most visually breathtaking and boldly idiosyncratic blockbusters to drop down the chute in a…

10 independent gems from the BFI London Film Festival 2021

Quant In the 1960s, Mary Quant pioneered a fashion revolution on the streets of Britain, bringing mini skirts, flashy eye makeup and colourful tights – all now ubiquitous to the decade – to the masses. The latest in a niche canon of films set on film sets, Sun’s film is part industry-satire, part social-commentary about the unhappy marriage between money and art. We picked out some under-the-radar gems at this year’s LFF that should be coming to a screen near you soon. All My Friends Hate Me Returning from a…

Aaron Sorkin goes behind the scenes of I Love Lucy in the Being the Ricardos trailer

There’s a genuine fascination with the intricate process of production and pressure-cooker environment of a live set evident in such shows as Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip and The Newsroom – as well as Being the Ricardos, his latest directorial feature and a return to the soundstages he holds so dear. Javier Bardem co-stars as Arnaz, her husband on-screen and off-, though their home life bears little resemblance to the good-natured version of it they beam into America’s living rooms. Share this Words Charles Bramesco @intothecrevasse Share this Share…