The Matrix Resurrections

In Retrospect. Like many artists, Neo has been projecting these elusive traumas into a video game called The Matrix, something akin to the MMORPG the Wachowskis created after the films to continue the story of Zion. Coming from any other filmmaker, this could be cringe-inducing. Readopting his dead name, Neo experiences the events of the first three films as flashbacks, receiving Cognitive Behavioural Therapy from his analyst, played by Neil Patrick Harris. A film so original and rich you’ll want to swallow another red pill and go again straight away.…

Titane

Titane is a genuinely weird, sweet thing, even in a time where those descriptors get thrown around far too much. This is just good gore – an olive branch extended to the gross outcasts who dig it. Share this Share this All hail the new flesh in Julia Ducournau’s dreamlike fable of a fractured young dancer grappling with the fire inside her.There is an easy way to sell any cinephile on Titane: this is a darkly funny midnight movie; an amalgamation of capital-G genre pictures; a sexy and strange romp…

Agathe Rousselle: ‘It’s unusual to see dangerous women’

It was a great source of decompression for me. You have to think about your gender just because you’re not safe – and it’s even worse for marginalised communities, such as gay people, or Black people. It would be absurd to name all the things I did because they have no connection to acting, but I know that whenever I had the opportunity to be in a short or a music video, or even to model, I would do it straight away, because to me it was the closest thing…

The bovine life cycle makes for high drama in the first Cow trailer

In her milk, she doesn’t just provide the human race with a refreshing way to keep our calcium levels up, but sustains her offspring with nourishment from within her body, a deep bond captured here with intense intimacy. A date for the US has yet to be set. Published 21 Dec 2021 Share this Like this year’s Gunda, another documentary eschewing voiceover narration in its stark depiction of the barnyard and its inhabitants, texture is a crucial part of the text. The director used a lightweight camera to get up…

Steven Yeun: ‘I have a desire to play a humanity we can all access’

Published 21 Dec 2021 Share this I love Tim Robinson, knew him from doing Second City. ‘I don’t feel good! Whoever the actor is that’s playing this role has to bring his own truth to it. We were there, my cousins, my other cousins, my grandma would come, and I remember their dining room filled with both American Thanksgiving food and Korean food. And Richard is older, but why? Over the past five years, you’ve worked with Bong Joon-ho and Lee Chang-dong; as titans of Korean cinema go, have you…

The Humans

The eye never quite knew where to land, flitting between floors in search of a focal point. The Humans won’t work for many – it’s a slow burn with a mean ending. Feldstein’s background in theatre is on full, shimmering display as Brigid contends with her parents’ mounting criticisms; Schumer gives a career-best performance as a chronically-ill attorney still hung-up on her ex-girlfriend; Erik’s 28 years of thankless janitorial labour are hard-worn on Jenkins’ face, which softens whenever he tends to Momo; Houdyshell’s matriarch feels naturally lived-in; and Yeun’s mediating…

Why Harold and Maude remains one of cinema’s great survivor stories

It’s all memory-adjacent, aides for conjuring feeling. He trafficked exclusively in preservation, clinging to life until it let him go. The camera lingers for less than a second; they hold hands as the sun sets beyond the wreckage. “The earth is my body,” says Maude, “but my head is in the stars!” The therapist Esther Perel once said of her community of Holocaust survivors that “there were two different types of people: ones who did not die, and ones who came back to life.” Maude is very much the former;…

The 30 best films of 2021

Memoria We may not really understand what it was like to experience the “trip” of 2001: A Space Odyssey back in 1968, but Thai director Apichatpong Weerasethakul has upped sticks to Columbia with Tilda Swinton in tow, and his new film Memoria attempts to replicate that feeling of pure spiritual transcendence. DJ Read the LWLies review 9. AW Read the LWLies review 13. Adam Woodward Read the LWLies review 27. MA Read the LWLies review 14. Adam Driver delivers a performance for the ages as bad boy comedian Henry McHenry,…

Vikings unleash hell in the first trailer for Robert Eggers’ The Northman

Share this Words Charles Bramesco @intothecrevasse Share this Share this Robert Eggers is winding the clock back further than ever before. The Northman comes to cinemas on 22 April, 2022. The rising genre filmmaker has made a name for himself with slavishly detailed recreations of New England in the 1890s (on The Lighthouse) and circa the seventeenth-century era known as the First Period (for The Witch), but for his third feature, he’s taking leave of his corner of America and going medieval. The fittingly Scandinavian Alexander Skarsgård leads the cast…

The 10 best film soundtracks of 2021

10. ‘Rows and Towers’ is especially unsettling, while ‘Music Box’ updates Philip Glass’ original Candyman theme and makes the film less like a Gothic romance by bending it out of shape, with fragmented electronics that brace you for terror. Sitting somewhere between funky and avant-garde, the film’s jazz-inflected score uses rapid drums which sound like machine gun fire (‘Rooftop’), and swaggering saxophone (‘The Inflated Tear’) to mirror characters who are hunted one minute and treated like kings the next. This is playful experimentation from a master eager to try something…

The 25 Best TV Shows of 2021

Qualley’s real-life mother Andie MacDowell stars opposite her daughter for the first time – and gives a great reminder that she is capable of much more than comedy. Early on we know the party will not last – the spectre of this unfolding crisis casts a shadow over every frame – yet Davies lets the characters breathe and experience sexual freedom before it all comes crashing down. Reservation Dogs (FX on Hulu/Disney Star) The image of its four teenage protagonists clad in black suits helps explain the title, but Reservation…

Spider-Man: No Way Home

Parker was a broke kid from Queens until he got bitten by a radioactive arachnid, and the fact that Sony held the rights to his story for so long meant he sat at a curious distance from the superhero movie boom, even after the Marvel juggernaut began to take shape with Iron Man in 2008. Sony held firm, and eventually a deal was struck in 2015 that would allow their prized asset to appear in the MCU, while solo outings would be co-produced by the two studios. The problem is,…

Maggie Gyllenhaal: ‘When we express ourselves as women, it feels different’

I only mention that because I think, yes, looking back, I probably did always want to direct. The Lost Daughter is available on Netflix from 17 December. Those are three that I really love and who influenced this particular piece of work. Published 14 Dec 2021 Share this I’ve talked quite a lot about Jane Campion. Look at the spectrum of what this is offering.’ You could definitely put my film and her film together in a series about unconventional mothers! I was so in love with the end of…

The Lost Daughter

And any solo traveller who has ever defended their space from the presumptuous overspill of a group is likely to cheer inside when Leda refuses to move from under a beach umbrella to make way for a family at the request of pregnant woman, Kalli (Dagmara Domińczyk), who is joined by her husband and a youth who calls Leda a “cunt”. The result is an off-kilter psychodrama driven by a stressful leading lady. Then, for some reason, she steals the child’s treasured doll. Genuinely audacious in its queasy characterisation of…

How we created Lamb’s creepy human-sheep hybrid child

We want it on screen.’ “He’s played by Ingvar E Sigurðssson, one of the biggest actors in Iceland, and I have to confess, I was a little bit scared of him when we started because I just knew we were gonna put him through hell. Everybody was like, ‘Is he angry? She experiments with trying to align with the humans and it doesn’t go too well. Don’t worry about it, let’s just get the work done.’” On saying goodbye to the lambs PH: “When we stopped production, it was actually…