The Cow Who Sang a Song into the Future – first-look review

But underneath these loftier conceits is a deeply emotional narrative about familial relationships and motherhood that occasionally suffers from obliqueness but emerges by the end of the film as poignant commentary. The uncertain cows approach with caution but soon warm to her as she cries for everything she and they have lost. It’s an emotional realisation that alters her outlook on the world that currently exists for her children and helps her understand her own failings in order to start again. As a folkloric meditation on the relationship between human…

Flag Day

Sean Penn used to be able to give performances with an alchemical balance of dangerous cockiness and wormy need, like in At Close Range or The Falcon and the Snowman. Share this Share this Sean Penn’s directorial follow-up to The Last Face is a blatantly self-indulgent vanity project full of tiring clichés.Once, a few years ago, I was having breakfast with a couple, friends of a friend, who were complete strangers to me, when the boyfriend announced, loud enough for the next booth to hear, that he had recently given…

Parallel Mothers

And forget boxes: most will require a flat-bed truck stacked with Kleenex to make it through this one without the irritant of tear-based obfuscation. As with 2019’s autobiographical Pain & Glory, this one confines much of the drama to Janis’s bijou Madrid flat, in which every shot heaves with background literary references, suggestive art pieces and fabulously gaudy colour combinations. And that’s largely down to Cruz’s extraordinary performance, in which she doles out magnificently effective emotional body blows at a rate of knots, while never once appearing like she’s breaking…

Steve Ellison preps his sophomore feature with sci-fi/horror mindbender Ash

Ellison’s sophomore feature has been revealed as Ash, a sci-fi/horror project with a survivalist bent. The brief synopsis provided in the article goes into slightly greater detail, explaining that the movie “watches as a woman wakes up on a distant planet and finds the crew of her space station viciously killed, her investigation into what happened setting in motion a terrifying chain of events.” (Kuso, it bears mentioning, also followed survivors of a cataclysm as they sort through the dangerous world of wreckage.) On Twitter, Ellison has teased his vision…