Don Cheadle: ‘Filmmaking is a very risk-averse business’

He is sort of the MC and I think when you listen to the words, it’s true. But it didn’t make any sense for the business because you’re supposed to hang around and try to get a pilot. In Hotel Rwanda Paul wasn’t thinking of trying to be a hero. The same person who saves their family might also try to kill somebody. I found myself thinking about Hotel Rwanda during White Noise, there’s a similar question of in a crisis, would you become the hero, or would you flail?…

Emancipation

Smith is a huge performer and it’s rare to be able to singularly carry a film like this. It’s a shame, because the huge final set-piece feels ripe for a deeper political and historical investigation than it receives here. The film arrives at an everything-in-the-pot climax which appears to dispense with any pretence towards historical seriousness in favour of unalloyed explosive spectacle. One sequence, in which Smith is filmed by a swooping drone-cam as he scarpers through the treacherous bayou, feels completely at odds with both the grave nature of…

Three Minutes: A Lengthening

Published 2 Dec 2022 Share this In Retrospect. The result of exclusively repurposing this single film strip is often hypnotic in its immersion in colour, magnified textures and dissections of details embedded in clothing and shop fronts. By becoming a member you can support our independent journalism and receive exclusive essays, prints, monthly film recommendations and more. Little White Lies is committed to championing great movies and the talented people who make them. Slowed down, freeze-framed and recontextualised, this fragment of found footage allows filmmaker Bianca Stigter to attempt the…

Tori and Lokita

What does need to evolve is the way we treat the kind of people they make films about. More than 25 years after La Promesse, the Dardennes have had to make another film about the way immigrants in Europe are abandoned by the state to be exploited, abused and dehumanised. Things get even more dangerous for Tori and Lokita when they spend their Friday nights selling drugs for a dealer who operates out of the kitchen in an Italian restaurant. Tori (Pablo Schils) and Lokita (Mbundu Joely) met on the…

White Noise

Purists might be offended, but it works in the favour of keeping pace. Little White Lies is committed to championing great movies and the talented people who make them. This does seem apparent in the film’s opening sequence. Best closing credits sequence of the year. White Noise is a story about cutting through the static and learning to settle in silence. He retains the much of the anxious, wry spirit of DeLillo’s prose, but trims down many of the side plots and asides which give ‘White Noise’ such character. In…

Tsai Ming-Liang and Lee Kang-Sheng on a joint career in filmmaking

That’s my purpose in making films.’ Perhaps it’s fitting that through the interview until that point and through a lot of Tsai Ming-Liang’s answers about his work that Lee Kang-Sheng himself had sat mostly silently, like an observer over the discussion of a career that the two together have shared. Still, it’s a style that only became more pronounced as the creator grew in confidence over the years and gained more experience, with his movies following the release of Goodbye, Dragon Inn in particular being notable for their relative silence.…

Different Class: the decline of British blue collar stories on screen

Perhaps our one true anomaly is Stephen Graham, who entered public consciousness after acting in British films Snatch and This Is England, having studied at an acting college in south London simply because Gary Oldman was among its alumni. Is it mere coincidence that the declining numbers of working-class actors has run concurrently with Hollywood’s recent reckoning with the Method, epitomised by Jared Leto’s condom-wielding turn on the set of Suicide Squad? “Soon the only actors are going to be privileged kids whose parents can afford to send them to…

Lynch/Oz

Yet the film’s distinctly episodic structure leads to inevitable repetitions and similar sequences of comparison that tread all too similar ground, turning what starts off as a compelling watch to a stuffy viewing experience. She recalls attending a NYFF screening of Mulholland Drive. Philippe’s Lynch/Oz sees a cohort of six distinct and illuminating essays (each written and voiced by film critic Amy Nicholson, camp auteur John Waters, director duo Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead, and filmmakers Karyn Kusama, Rodney Ascher and David Lowery) guiding us through the yellow brick road…

The Witch: Part 2 – The Other One is a wild action-thriller

What ensues is a series of effects-driven confrontations in which gravity is defied, in which wounds, even missing appendages, quickly heal, and in which immense, gory damage is done to the human(ish) body. It is almost like a study in what moody adolescents might be like if granted immense, undue powers. The Witch: Part 2 – The Other One is released on digital platforms from 28th November 2022 via Signature Entertainment. The Witch: Part 2 – The Other One (Manyeo 2: Lo go) may begin with a little girl in…

Why I will always love The Bodyguard

Frank’s character has always resonated with me on a personal level, but without Houston’s portrayal of Rachel, the film would simply never have become the phenomenon it is today. Because when something’s this rich and well-crafted, it doesn’t matter if you’ve seen it sixty-two times and you know what’s about to happen – it’s just a joy to watch it unfold. When he greets his father, an entire relationship is encapsulated in their first lines to each other. This ‘hokey’ film begins with gunfire. I don’t think I’ve quite seen…

Last Flight Home

In Retrospect. We are not often properly braced. Few know how to talk about dying – this discomfort is reflected on a small scale in everyday discourse through limp euphemisms like ‘passing away’, and on a large scale in the legislation of most countries where any form of euthanasia remains illegal. Empathy is unavoidable – a lump of stone couldn’t be unmoved by the dark humour of a kind, wise old man reflecting on his life and faith, surrounded by the warmth of his family, or by the fragility of…

A new short film from Alice Rohrwacher is getting a release through Disney+

Share this Words Charles Bramesco @intothecrevasse Share this Share this When people think about Disney, the first things leaping to mind tend to be princesses, superheroes, or Jedi knights. A new short film from Alice Rohrwacher is getting a release through Disney+ The 37-minute Le Pupille joins a group of rebellious youngsters spending the holidays at their boarding school. But a corporate behemoth with such deep pockets can also afford to venture out beyond the safe realm of franchising to throw some money around where it goes a little further,…

Rian Johnson: ‘Sondheim’s my guy’

And also, just in technical terms, the audience knows there’s never going to be a true threat against Blanc. “Sondheim’s my guy. It’s approaching two decades since Rian Johnson announced himself as one of genre cinema’s most intriguing young talents. Oh, and also Nino Rota’s main theme from [1978’s] Death on the Nile. You’ve just got to get stuck into it and try to do your best. Yeah, well, there are so many specific examples of that in the real world. Published 28 Nov 2022 Share this And I would…

Nanny

The film’s focus on the life of a domestic worker is an emotionally fraught experience — materializing perhaps just a fraction of what it would be like in their shoes. With its sprinkling of fear and unique imagery, it frames the personal conflict of Aisha in picturesque moments that provoke gasps and further thought. Nanny may contain horror elements, but these are far from being the frontrunner in this story. Published 28 Nov 2022 Share this Additionally, although the film has been labelled a “horror”, expectations for physical frights should…

We must remember this – lessons learned from Casablanca

The composition of the cast was itself evidence that the carnage being visited on Europe was washing up on American shores and could not be ignored or contained. Taken together, these formative circumstances drive home the point that romance may adorn the film, but its backbone is the plight of refugees displaced by political violence. The cast literally represented the transnational coalition of refugees that were pleading against America First isolationism. Noah Isenberg, a professor at the University of Texas at Austin and author of We’ll Always Have Casablanca, told…