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…