Jeymes Samuel: ‘Movie westerns have lied to us our whole lives’

And then the buildings of New Orleans. The story is fiction but the people existed. Can you talk a bit about your visual influences and the set design? It’s already like a score for Westerns [begins to make Dub noises]. I shot a proof of concept short film called They Die by Dawn, which was my initial foray into the Old West. My set decorator is a man called Martin Whist. I’m in love with pretty much everything this guy does, so it was a joy to work with him.…

Four of the best international genre films at TIFF 2021

Even outside of its famed Midnight Madness selection, the festival is known for introducing audiences to films outside of their comfort zones. Published 6 Oct 2021 Share this While the story does end up meandering in its second part, its final act provides the dark culmination you’ll be waiting for. Upon discovering that the land harbors dark secrets, they enlist the help of a mysterious Deaf woman (Evelyne Ily Juhen) to figure out how to leave their new personal Hell. Thanks to the compositions by Ramin Kousha and wonderful camerawork…

Peter Dinklage and a few musical numbers liven up a classic in the Cyrano trailer

But the most noticeable liberty taken has to be the musical numbers, in keeping with the same genre mashup Wright previously explored with the widely panned Pan. For Wright, this represents a return to his wheelhouse, much closer to the gussied-up theatrics of his Anna Karenina than the underdone psychothriller suspense of his more recent The Woman in the Window. Share this Words Charles Bramesco @intothecrevasse Share this Share this Though it only dates back to 1897, the story of Cyrano de Bergerac already feels like a tale as old…

Simon Rex is a dirtbag triumphant in the first trailer for Sean Baker’s Red Rocket

A date for the UK has yet to be set. With humor and pathos, he illustrates that the colorful characters peopling his scuzzier milieus are like anyone else — trying to survive. He first tries to shack up with his not-quite-ex-wife Lexi (Bree Elrod), who wants nothing to do with the good-for-nothing suhmbitch, but allows him to stay until he gets his life together. In her review out of the Cannes Film Festival, our gal on the scene Hannah Strong praised Rex as a “compelling motormouth lead, talking himself in…

Freshman Year

Elsewhere, Alex’s roommate (Logan Miller) has his own wannabe stand-up comedian storyline that makes for a more conventional college narrative thread than Alex’s formative experience. In Retrospect. Another Gen Z rom-com… The empathy with which Raiff regards both protagonists is immediately apparent. More grounded and authentic than many of its predecessors, this is a disarmingly tender rom-com that will surely resonate with younger viewers. During a midnight hike they pause and sit cross-legged on the dirt. Overall, this wonderfully promising debut from Raiff transposes personal experience brilliantly and showcases the…

A cinematic road trip that’s not to be missed

We have a full tank of petrol and our first stop is the most westerly: Croatia. Ease yourself in with Ivanja Bosnak and Thomas Johnson’s short animation Imbued Life, about a curious young taxidermist and the strange relation she develops with her animal subjects. A cinematic road trip that’s not to be missed The Calvert Journal Film Festival offers a unique survey of work from the Balkans, Eastern Europe and Central Asia. As we keep heading south, we’re afforded the rare opportunity to consume new work from Tajikistan, with Anisa…

C’mon C’mon – first-look review

The digital black-and-white photography is Mills’ other big formal choice, its effect not disagreeable despite hard-to-discern motivations. C’mon C’mon – first-look review Joaquin Phoenix and newcomer Woody Norman play uncle and nephew in Mike Mills’ tender drama about a family in flux.Kids can be safely relied on to say the darndest things, and in Mike Mills’ latest feature, indeed they do. Jesse has an odd pre-bedtime routine of pretending that he’s an orphan, talking about the contemptible conditions at his orphanage, and asking if he can’t stay the night in…

Netflix’s Maid is an unfiltered portrayal of single motherhood

(…) the terror of one person Aching in one place Alone Read any privileged motherhood blog and two of the main pieces of advice that are repeatedly drilled into new mothers are a) “it takes a village” and b) “ask for help”. But as Alex can vouch for, motherhood can be incredibly lonely – even more so when in an abusive relationship. Even if it means waking in the dead of night and silently escaping the only place she’s called home for years, in favour of the backseat of her…

J Mascis: ‘In the early days, venues banned us for being too loud’

There’s been a lot of discussion around the 30th anniversary of Nirvana’s ‘Nevermind’. He wasn’t happy with how I treated him and stuff. I don’t really hear my voice coming out of the radio. Did it feel different when you moved from an indie to a major label in 1990 prior to the release of ‘Green Mind’? I can’t remember. He was a strong presence that I didn’t want to mess with. It was good to hear him admit it years later now he’s older. Yeah, and I never liked…

Anne at 13,000 Feet

Share this Share this A nursery worker finds inner peace through skydiving in writer/director Kazik Radwanski’s invigorating character study.In jobs that primarily entail wrangling gaggles of unruly toddlers, the pearl of advice often imparted is to “be childlike, not childish.” Anne (Deragh Campbell, no longer Canada’s best-kept acting secret), the cyclone of arrested development whirling at the centre of Kazik Radwanski’s exacting new character study, has been having trouble with that distinction. A nerve-shredding gamut of stress and discomfort… In Retrospect. “Joke” may not be the mot juste, but she’s…

How comic books conquered the world

The partnership with Dynamite Entertainment launched a limited-edition range of fan-favourite comic franchises, starting with the coveted lithograph collection and its ground-breaking series, The BOYS. Much like the comic books themselves, these 15 minute segments functioned as a way to pull punters back into the cinema each week by ending on a miniature cliffhanger and tempting customers to find out what happens next. In short, we’re really living in a big, big moment for comics as an artistic medium: Nick Barrucci, founder and CEO of comic book publisher Dynamite Entertainment…

Joanna Hogg’s memoir goes meta in the first trailer for The Souvenir Part II

Where’s a filmmaker to go from there? In her first-look review from Cannes, our own Hannah Strong was effusive, declaring Hogg’s latest as “an immaculate study of grief and filmmaking. One can only hope that she goes the Charlie Kaufman route and continues in concentric diegetic circles – the next film will be about Julie making a film about her efforts to make that previous film, with Hogg directing Swinton-Byrne directing her actress directing yet another actress, and so on and so forth. While the film sometimes teases its self-reflexive…

No Time to Die

But superficial changes count for very little when the basic quandary of why Bond exists – and by extension, why Bond films still exist – remains the same. Rather, it is an intensely personal, at times cloyingly earnest, film whose stakes are closer to home and consequently higher. Enjoyment. We’ve been expecting you… Having been delayed first by Danny Boyle’s departure as director and then by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Daniel Craig’s last dance as a Double-O agent has been a long, long time coming. In a film which is…

Întregalde – first-look review

In essence, the stranded car is an immovable object suggesting today’s wayward Romania, stagnating in its effort to build and improve by a populace at odds with itself. Întregalde – first-look review Three aid workers are led on a detour through darkest Transylvania in Radu Muntean’s allegorical intergenerational drama.Ah, sweet Romania: land of weatherbeaten fences and faces, of bureaucratic gridlock and governmental corruption. Kente’s fixation on the mill gestures to a signifier of national industry long since rusted out, a read affirmed once everyone gets there only to find it…

Why Timothy Dalton is the best James Bond actor

So when Timothy Dalton was handed his licence to kill, he insisted that he would abandon the fantasy of the Moore era and bring the character back down to earth. When Bond disobeys an order to shoot a beautiful female sniper, the distaste with which he regards his grim profession is palpable. “The audience should quite simply believe that the man, the character they’re watching, James Bond, does them,” he argued. It remains a thrillingly bold interpretation – perhaps, dare one say it, the best. Why Timothy Dalton is the…