C’mon C’mon

Truth, from the mouths of babes. Enjoyment. The tone never defines the stakes in such grave terms, but that’s the key to the potency of Mills’ cinema: life’s pivotal turns come in idle moments, from inconspicuous sources. In practice, cinematographer Robbie Ryan’s monochrome has a way of making disparate pockets of America look unified, despite the location shooting bringing out their individual beauty. In Retrospect. Share this Share this Joaquin Phoenix forms a close bond with a precocious whippersnapper in Mike Mills’ gentle family drama.Kids can be safely relied on…

Adrienne

In Retrospect. A wealth of options include Hal Hartley’s indie classics The Unbelievable Truth and Trust, as well as the material Shelly wrote, directed and starred in. Adrienne Review by Emma Fraser @frazbelina Share this Directed by Andy Ostroy Starring Adrienne Shelly Anticipation. An unflinching and raw portrayal that runs the gamut from beautiful to uncomfortable. Humour and sorrow are inextricably linked in Shelly’s writing, and similarly, contradicting themes persist in this documentary. The number of projects left unfinished and unrealised cannot be measured and this contribution to the arts…

A new film season is breaking down barriers for Disabled filmmakers

We are complex people with our own flaws, desires and hopes, and these films portray us as such. For more info and to book tickets visit whatson.bfi.org.uk Published 30 Nov 2021 Share this The standout performer is Natasha Ofili, who also wrote and produced the film. A new film season is breaking down barriers for Disabled filmmakers BFI Southbank’s short film programme Busting the Bias aims to increase awareness and representation. The answer for Aimee is to create a beautiful poem for her girlfriend, Victoria, which she performs for her…

Mike Mills: ‘All my films are me communing with someone I really love’

I kept him engaged, and we just kind of hit it off. Eventually, he was sitting here in my house, and we were reading through the script over and over again, with me acting out all the other parts. I hope Hopper doesn’t care too much. My sound mixer, Zach Seivers, has a gentle touch and is a real naturalist. The same goes for his fourth feature, C’mon C’mon, in which radio host Johnny (Joaquin Phoenix) forms a bond with his nine-year-old nephew Jesse (Woody Norman) after family strife brings…