The Sparks brothers on their Jacques Tati collaboration that never was

Russell recounts a period in the ’70s when their UK label Island Records had the canny idea to reach out to Jacques Tati about the possibility of a link-up with the Sparks boys, having observed that their “two little universes” were “running side by side in a certain way”. He said, ‘They must get a white horse for me!’ We don’t remember tonnes about it… there’s been so much research done trying to find the archival footage but no one can find it, not in Swedish TV… We remember the…

The House of Gucci trailer showcases a full range of Italian(?) accents

Published 30 Jul 2021 Share this Her ruthlessness and taste for the high life alienated the other members of la famiglia Gucci (Jeremy Irons and a newly corpulent Leto), ultimately creating a schism when she got her hooks into the heir apparent. Let the conversation begin as to whether the assorted accent work is good, bad, good-bad, or bad-good. It all befits the operatic acting style of Gaga herself, gunning for that acting Oscar she couldn’t manage to clinch during the A Star Is Born season, while Driver underplays things…

The Suicide Squad

The Suicide Squad is crass, noisy and brash – a disturbing glimpse inside the mind of James Gunn. It’s no wonder their relationship was messed up – the camera pans to reveal he’s Taika Waititi. This might actually be worse than the first one. Make. There’s also Viola Davis reprising Amanda Waller to provide villainous exposition aplenty as she recruits a new band of miscreants to do the US government’s dirty work. Published 29 Jul 2021 Share this Stylistically, The Suicide Squad looks nothing like its predecessor. Of course, there’s…

Watch the 4K restoration trailer for Joseph Losey’s The Servant

Marking the first of three collaborations between Pinter and director Joseph Losey, The Servant sees Bogarde play against type as the conniving, dangerously charismatic live-in servant Barrett, who plays a wicked game with his aristocratic employer, Tony (James Fox). Now, to coincide with the centenary of British screen idol Dirk Bogarde, StudioCanal is re-releasing the film in cinemas in a brand new 4K restoration, the snazzy new trailer for which you can watch below. There’s also a striking new one-sheet poster designed by Edward Kinsella. Watch the 4K restoration trailer…

The Sparks Brothers

He could have gone wildly surreal in his approach, but Wright keeps things linear and focused, as every fanboy should. Wright covers in intricate, chronological detail their 25 albums (which run the gauntlet from glam and prog rock to disco and techno) and their near-misses with cinema (notably, with Jacques Tati and Tim Burton), which explains why this enjoyable film runs at nearly two-and-a-half hours. Enjoyment. Rarely, if ever, has a band been dealt such a crazily grim set of cards, crashing and burning over and over again, only to…

Machismo and Mojitos – The misunderstood genius of Miami Vice

Throughout the film, as within the characters themselves, thunder and lightning fill the horizon. He regularly abused drugs and alcohol during filming, checking into rehab soon after wrapping. Widely dismissed at the time of its release, the film’s dense, dreamlike approach to evoking this idea has since earned it an ardent following. Farrell, in full Sonny Crockett makeup, defensively pushes himself against the wall as an actor grips a gun nearby; in voiceover Farrell explains that the exchange kept him up at night for weeks. It’s one of Farrell’s best…

After 30 years, Phil Tippett’s stop-motion opus Mad God is finally complete

As such, these projects often take a long time to finish, but thirty years is still an extremely long time relative to the industry standard. Share this Words Charles Bramesco @intothecrevasse Share this Share this There’s no labor of love quite like that of stop-motion animation, requiring a painstaking amount of time and effort to pose and photograph each individual frame. After 30 years, Phil Tippett’s stop-motion opus Mad God is finally complete The animator’s long-awaited fusion of handmade sci-fi and horror will premiere at the Locarno Film Festival. A…

Luz: The Flower of Evil

Here it seems that for the promised new world to bloom, God and the father must first be banished, and patriarchy overturned. Some of these are flashbacks, some flashforwards, but together they point towards something sinisterly apocalyptic that both is coming, and perhaps has always been there, inscribed timelessly in the topography. Loved Tilman Singer’s Luz… Enjoyment. Luminously left-field. Meanwhile these daylit images have been colour corrected to the point of kitschy oversaturation, all to suggest a space that is both mythic and hyperreal, as if from a fable or…

Jungle Cruise

The final act drags a little and there’s some ropey CGI in places, but director Jaume Collet-Serra keeps the energy up and the performances lively as he manages the considerable budget step-up from his usual (excellent) B-movie fare. Blunt is the superior action star on show here though – fearlessly fighting, jumping and climbing like a cynicism-free female Indiana Jones. Even with such likeable, charismatic leads, few could have hoped for a more enjoyable romp from a film that essentially crosses The Mummy with Pirates of the Caribbean, and is…

Oscar Isaac beats the odds in the first trailer for The Card Counter

As a film by Paul Schrader, there are a few things we can securely bank on: that the sacred and profane will be boldly intermingled, that our protagonist’s sense of desperation will eventually consume him, and that the dark work of the American superpower will be laid bare before us. No easy act to follow up, but the newly released trailer for his follow-up The Card Counter suggests he’s more than up to the task. Oscar Isaac beats the odds in the first trailer for The Card Counter He’s a…

Jane Campion, Paul Schrader head up Venice Film Festival 2021 line-up

Venice is best experienced as a festival of discovery, and part of the fun is going along to see films you know little or nothing about and to be surprised by them. Published 26 Jul 2021 Share this One film we’re really looking forward to in the competition is Michelangelo Frammartino’s Il Buco, which is his long-gestating follow-up to 2011’s incredible doc-fiction hybrid, Le Quattro Volte. Interesting that Almodóvar has chosen to present this film in Venice, as he’s one of Cannes’ favourite sons – maybe the fact that he’s…

Limbo

Limbo Review by David Jenkins @daveyjenkins Share this Directed by Ben Sharrock Starring Amir El-Masry Kenneth Collard Sidse Babett Knudsen Anticipation. Sharrock’s deadpan direction and his use of composition and lighting playfully filches from some of the greats such as Jacques Tati and, more recently, Aki Kaurismäki, but his shots are executed with a precision which suggests this is no mere homage. Published 26 Jul 2021 Share this It is, as the title suggests, a spartan landscape recontextualised as an outstretched, existential waiting room, with those who have been posted…

Discover this cutting-edge, Gothic-inspired ’80s slasher

Discover this cutting-edge, Gothic-inspired ’80s slasher Starring Linda Blair as a textbook final girl, Tom DeSimone’s 1981 Hell Night offers an effective blend of horrors old and new. What Peter is revealing here is that the Garth Manor, like the film itself, comes with a long heritage of exploitation, as old Virgil plundered the earth to make his fortune, apparently cursing his family’s subsequent generations. Share this Words Anton Bitel @AntBit Share this Share this Tom DeSimone’s Hell Night opens with a shrill scream. “The rich capitalist”, as Marti observes…

Ben Sharrock’s Limbo makes my home country feel unknown

We see acts of violence and injustice across the border or around the world and think, “things are different here,” as Zara Mohammed, secretary general of the Muslim Council of Britain puts it. The film centres around a group of asylum seekers stuck on a remote Scottish island in a purgatory-like wait for confirmation of their refugee status. And when community activism happens, our government is quick to point out that the power to intervene themselves was out of their hands, alleviating them of any blame while underlining their own…