Cow

Subscribe to the LWLies newsletter Published 14 Jan 2022 Share this It’s a silent portrait of life in captivity that’s radical in its simplicity as it soberly invites viewers to reckon with the feelings of a sentient, non-human other. Enjoyment. Its observational mode keeps it from being didactic or manipulative in any way, and it adopts an intimacy that evokes the deepest empathy. Her pain is as ineffable as it is expressive, gauged through a series of looks and cries that appear to convey anguish. Time, space and mobility are…

Joel Coen: How we made The Tragedy of Macbeth

The first close-up we did on Denzel Washington was just like, ‘Wow, that’s power!’” “There are a lot of romantic relationships in Shakespeare, but ‘Macbeth’ is the only good marriage. That pushed us towards the Academy ratio, especially with the very powerful cast we had. That’s where we wanted to get to with this movie, to have no pretence about the artifice of it. Joel was immediately saying ‘I think that could be Inverness’. A corridor is a corridor – it’s just that. Okay, they have to be plotting a…

The Tragedy of Macbeth

During what we may have to sadly refer to as the “brothers era,” their typical project would be packed with commentary, symbolism, and philosophical tangents. Visceral, haunted, and severe, Coen’s vision coaxes out not just the intensity in the play – every “gritty” take has done this, from Roman Polanski to Justin Kurzel – but in its older renderings. Something Coen this way comes. Coen eschewed location shooting for breathtaking soundstage sets in order to simulate the rawness of the theatre without getting hemmed in by the shape of the…

Ryusuke Hamaguchi arranges a triptych of longing in the Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy trailer

Ryusuke Hamaguchi arranges a triptych of longing in the Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy trailer The other half of the Japanese director’s 2021 double feature is coming to the UK at last. Share this Words Charles Bramesco @intothecrevasse Share this Share this Revolver or Sgt. No filmmaker had a better 2021 than Ryūsuke Hamaguchi, who directed not one, but two of the year’s most effusively acclaimed titles. We can only hope it won’t be too long until this emerging master transports us back to his universe of funny happenstance and…