Richard Linklater’s Boyhood is a work that follows in the grand tradition of temporally-driven masterworks Jeanne Dielman, 23 quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles, the Antoine Doinel cycle and the Up series, as well as recalling a touch of Linklater’s own past (the Before films) and even the traditional soap opera. A boy named Mason ages and grows before our very eyes, in a fiction film shot over a period of 12 years. Continue reading
Georges Franju is as important a figure of cinephilia as they come. Having co-founded the cinémathèque française with his good friend Henri Langlois (alongside Jean Mitry) in 1936, Franju would go on to have his own career in film production, initially with a handful of documentaries before turning his attention to feature length fiction film with 1958’s La Tête contre les murs, a searing examination of mental illness and the nature with which society treats its affected. Continue reading
A solid week for new releases sees one of 2014′s most impressive features sit alongside a couple of stone-cold cult classics. Continue reading
One of the first scenes in Michael Bay’s Transformers: Age Of Extinction sees the film’s human protagonist exploring the runes of a once grand cinema, scavenging for whatever leftover artefacts that he, an inventor who also “fixes things”, can salvage from certain doom. Continue reading
Rob Girvan returns for one final round-up of reviews from this year’s Edinburgh International Film Festival. Continue reading
The best film of 2014 (to date) and an 80s curio make up the week in home video.
The Grand Budapest Hotel. Wes Anderson’s latest picture is a serious contender for best movie of the year. Simultaneously Anderson’s most selfless *and* selfish film, Grand Budapest Hotel is elevated by the filmmaker setting his sights on the bigger picture, for perhaps the first time.
Remo Williams. The Adventure Begins… As the film’s full title suggests the producers had ambitious plans for the character of Remo Williams, with the expectation being that a bond-like series would be the result of any success. Alas, it wasn’t meant to be, even with noted 007 director Guy Hamilton on board. It’s the extra material which pushes this edition in to must own territory with a feature-length documentary exploring the cultural climate in to which Remo Williams was born.
While I wouldn’t go as far as to say that the bicycle was synonymous with the French cinema, it’s pretty darn popular.
We already know the story: Robert Altman’s Nashville, the film commonly accepted to be the director’s magnum opus is a sprawling, ambitious work, its multitude of characters matched only by an impressive scope that dissects the American Dream in all its glory. Based in the eponymous locale, Altman weaves a cast of thousands (well, twenty or so) across three days of electioneering, music, faith and the media. Continue reading
As a part of the Mark Cousins-curated A Cinema Of Childhood season a number of lesser-seen movies concerned with adolescence are being toured around the UK at the moment. Little Fugitive is one of the films granted a second life via the season.