The photo illustrator constructing her own offbeat visual worlds

I haven’t collaborated [with anyone] yet. Any tips on beating creative blocks? Make it stranger, do something else’. How do you tackle that process? Visit creativecloud.adobe.com Published 29 Nov 2021 Share this It felt more fun to combine things and create a new image no one had seen before – for me anyway. Adobe Photoshop has always been a lifesaver for helping improve the pictures afterwards. I’d love to make giant sculptures of my work. The uniqueness of her process marks her out as a key member of the Adobe…

Discover this cult Euro crime thriller from Umberto Lenzi

Camilla may as well have been called Roma… Free Hand for a Tough Cop is released on Blu-ray from 29 November via Fractured Visions. Meanwhile the action never stops, with endless car chases, gun battles, heists and hits all marking ’70s Italy as the most dangerous place on Earth. Share this Words Anton Bitel @AntBit Share this Share this Umberto Lenzi was a man of all genres, chasing whatever area of exploitation cinema happened to be popular at the time in Italy. For while its title accurately suggests a poliziottesco,…

Don’t miss this scintillating survey of the best new Russian cinema

Her unwavering determination to become a prime ballerina and perform at the Bolshoi Theatre forces her to dance her way to the top. Finally, a portrait of the Russian stage titan whose seminal system marked a huge revelation in the world of acting, is thoroughly delineated in Julia Bobkova’s Stanislavski, Lust for Life. This year’s slate of films is largely dominated by dramas which tackle subjects such as crime, war and tumultuous recent political history, with biopics and documentaries on creative minds also in the mix as well. Leo Tolstoy,…

Channing Tatum will make it rain in a third Magic Mike film

The single greatest Hollywood franchise of this young millennium is getting a new and final chapter, by which we are of course referring to the ongoing stripper epic of Magic Mike. Soderbergh shouted out the popular touring stage show based on the films in his comments: “As soon as I saw what Channing, Reid, and the Magic Mike choreographic team did with the live show, I said, ‘We have to make another movie.’ Mike Lane’s dream of connecting people through dance must be realized.” Now that Mike and the boys…

The Beatles: Get Back

Ringo participates, and George too: the scene in which he talks about how he came up with ‘I Me Mine’ the night before is particularly moving, with John and Yoko waltzing to the already almost fully-formed song. His epic three-part documentary The Beatles: Get Back is based on the 60 hours of footage and the 150 hours of audio recordings that were captured at the time and kept in Apple Corps’ vaults all these years. Amazingly, Jackson and his team appear to have learned the wrong lesson from this history.…

Why I love Rachel Weisz’s performance in The Deep Blue Sea

‘Adagio for Strings’ by Samuel Barber plays because this moment needs to be operatic. This union represents the “himself” that Freddie sometimes gives. Their bodies are the same ivory marble, both lean with lines of musculature. The story would not work and her character would not stand up if the audience did not see the bliss he once afforded, and so it comes early, a high watermark that acts as a counterpoint to the suffering that follows. What landed was “this wonderful luminosity and wonderful eyes”. She is instantly and…

Lapwing

Give it a go… Share this Share this An atmospheric tale of toxic masculinity in Tudor England from writer Laura Turner and director Philip Stevens.A faraway beachside encampment, somewhere in Tudor England, and toxic masculinity is running rife among the men and women of this fair isle. Low-budget British period drama with some light genre trappings. Published 25 Nov 2021 Share this In Retrospect. Visually and dramatically, the film doesn’t reinvent any wheels, nor does it set out too, instead happy to splice together a satisfyingly intense period drama with…

Is it time to retire the term “documentary”?

This is, of course, not to say that there aren’t valuable works being made in this cinematic sub-category, but the description does, by association, serve to ghettoise the challenging and idiosyncratic work showcased by places like Frames of Representation and, in the US, festivals such as True/False in Missouri. Since 2016, the annual Frames of Representation festival has sought to celebrate the pathfinding and ingenious artists who essentially sculpt with the documentary medium in search of new forms of expression and articulation. To push this line of reasoning further, documentary…

Rebel Dykes

A portrait of lesbian sexuality and survival that doesn’t pull its punches. While Greenham feminist separatists drew comparisons between militarism and everyday male violence towards women, they saw sadomasochism as a reenactment of domestic violence relationships. These intersections of politics and intimacy, party and protest, allow filmmakers Harri Shanahan and Sîan Williams to produce a historical and artistic archive of a cultural history that sits outside of general knowledge. Archives are spaces of violence as well as power, so how can documentary filmmakers produce work that is politically critical of…

Why 49th Parallel is one of the most cunning war films ever made

It was subsequently shown on British television, and following new interest in Powell and Pressburger was re-released in 1984 by the British Film Institute. It also features an all-star cast including Leslie Howard as a pacifist in the Canadian wilds, Laurence Olivier as a French-Canadian fur trapper and Anton Walbrook as a Hutterite leader. Share this Words Sam Manning Share this Share this Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger’s 49th Parallel, the story of six stranded Nazi U-boat sailors who fail in their attempt to cross from Canada into the US…

Reggie Yates: ‘We seldom see Black British coming-of-age stories’

Thankfully, I started to have some level of self-belief and encouragement about 15 years ago and, through that, I started making short films. All of these clubs that are in the film are real places that massively informed my teens. More than anything, the friendship. One of the things that I’m incredibly proud of about this film is that it speaks to a version of Black British youth that we don’t get to see very often, and most importantly the joy of that. When I moved to South London, suddenly…

Pirates

Google is something we’ve barely heard of. This zany opening is the precursor to a feature that foregrounds the vibrant and the celebratory. Tamagotchis are something we all still care about. In making Pirates, Yates has stated his intention to show the lives of Black youth with a narrative other than the more prevalent depictions involving crime or hardship. Share this Share this Reggie Yates’ London-set, Y2K-era debut feature is a rollicking celebration of friendship and Black British music.It’s New Year’s Eve in London. In Retrospect. Transporting the audience on…

House of Gucci

Some shocking accents on display in the trailer. This works in the film’s favour; it’s not exactly sympathetic, but Scott has made a solid attempt to get under the skin of his slippery characters. The most entertaining relationship in the film is between Patrizia and her psychic/co-conspirator Giuseppina Auriemma (Selma Hayek), who provides counsel – and later a hitman – for Signora Gucci. A late scene employs the ‘Humming Chorus’ from Giacomo Puccini’s ‘Madame Butterfly’ to genuinely moving effect, although most of the film plays up the bombastic, over-the-top reputation…

Bad Luck Banging or Loony Porn

In Retrospect. Here, faced with many barriers, a director is experimenting with the film form itself, taking apart all the tools at his disposal and smashing together their raw components to forge something new. In this, quotations, trivia, one-liners, visual gags, and other non sequiturs are accompanied by a mix of archive materials, social media clips and new short sequences filmed using the actors from the other parts recast into new transient roles. Bad Luck Banging or Loony Porn Review by Matt Turner @mattlloydturner Share this Directed by Radu Jude…

In defence of Darren Aronofsky’s The Fountain

Years later, Miller teased that it was the first time he’d “worked on a Batman project with somebody whose vision of Batman was darker than mine.” (The unused script is still available to read online.) With a sudden gap in his schedule, Aronofsky turned his attention to The Fountain, hoping Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett would join him as his leads – but again, he struggled. In fact, The Fountain wasn’t even meant to be Aronofsky’s third movie. The fact that it does so in such a poetic, tender and…