The recent release of What Richard Did by Lenny Abrahamson (review to follow) has prompted me to go back to look at his earlier release from 2007. Both this and his 2004 first feature Adam and Paul were on my radar but I hadn’t found time to watch them. I’m glad now that I finally… Read More Garage (Ireland 2007)
This is the second film by writer-director Joanna Hogg and like the first, Unrelated (2007), it features an upper middle class English family on holiday. I confess that I really didn’t like the earlier film set in Tuscany. I admired it as a piece of filmmaking but most of the characters were so unappealing to… Read More Archipelago (UK 2010)
The Malaysian-Taiwanese director Tsai Ming-Liang appeared at the Leeds International Film Festival in November over a couple of days as part of an event organised by Leeds University Centre for World Cinemas and the Taipei Representative Office. On the first day he introduced a screening of his film The Wayward Cloud (2005) and on the next day… Read More Tsai Ming-Liang in Leeds
I’ve seen relatively few films by Alain Resnais and certainly nothing since the 1970s. However, I was primed for Les herbes folles because several people had asked me to explain it. They seemed angry because it had been so frustrating. Approaching the film from this perspective, I rather enjoyed the whole thing, but it did… Read More Les herbes folles (Wild Grass, France 2009)
Not sure what to make of this film and perhaps I wasn’t in the best position to assess its merits – taking refuge on a very hot day and allowing my mind to wander at various points. This is the third feature by writer-director Giorgos Lanthimos. It won the prize in the Un Certain Regard… Read More Kynodontas (Dogtooth, Greece 2009)
Last week in the foyer of a specialised cinema I stumbled over a large standalone promotion for the new Meryl Streep film Doubt. About 8ft high, 4 ft wide and 18 ins deep, the cardboard construction struck me as physical evidence of what’s been happening to specialised cinemas in the UK. I won’t name the cinema… Read More Hollywood squeezing out specialised films?