Film Experiments: From Buñuel and Deren to Lynchian and Dogme 95

I suppose the artistic medium of film has been experimented with ever since the early pioneers. For the first 20 years of the 20th century at least, most films were seen to be an experiment. But once the studios of Hollywood established formulas and ensured that films were presented to the public on a manageable, … Continue reading Film Experiments: From Buñuel and Deren to Lynchian and Dogme 95

The Two Reviews: A Star is Born (2018 Bradley Cooper)

A Star is Born Directed by Bradley Cooper. Written by Eric Roth, Bradley Cooper and Will Fetters. Featuring Lady Gaga, Bradley Cooper, Sam Elliot, Dave Chappelle, Andrew Dice Clay and Rafi Gavron. Since the turn of the 21st Century, musical movies have been carried on in the Hollywood tradition as per normal. There has, however, … Continue reading The Two Reviews: A Star is Born (2018 Bradley Cooper)

The Two Reviews: Mission: Impossible – Fallout (2018 Christopher McQuarrie)

Mission: Impossible – Fallout Directed by Christopher McQuarrie. Produced by J.J. Abrams and Tom Cruise. Featuring Tom Cruise, Rebecca Ferguson, Henry Cavill, Simon Pegg, Michelle Monaghan, Ving Rhames, Sean Harris, Vanessa Kirby and Alec Baldwin. The Mission Impossible series has become impossible. Impossible to comprehend. Impossible to keep up with. Impossible to reason with. Impossible … Continue reading The Two Reviews: Mission: Impossible – Fallout (2018 Christopher McQuarrie)

Shadows of the Night: Two Progressive Iranian-based Films in the Western Mainstream

If you happened to miss the films A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night (released in 2014 and directed by Ana Lily Amirpour) and Under the Shadow (released in 2016 and directed by Babak Anvari), get thee a copy of both immediately and watch them. They are, by my determination at least, two of the … Continue reading Shadows of the Night: Two Progressive Iranian-based Films in the Western Mainstream

Akira Kurosawa – A Master of Film Part 3: Dersu Uzala and the Russian Wilderness

Foreword by Robin Stevens Akira Kurosawa (黒沢 明 1910 – 1998) was a master of film craft, and one of the greatest directors of all time. He grew up in Tokyo, watching silent films from around the world and going to see traditional and modern Japanese theatre. He became a painter, and in his 20s … Continue reading Akira Kurosawa – A Master of Film Part 3: Dersu Uzala and the Russian Wilderness

The Two Reviews: Hereditary (2018 Ari Aster)

Hereditary (2018 Paramount Pictures) Directed by Ari Aster; Featuring Toni Collette, Alex Wolf, Milly Shapiro & Gabriel Byrne '...a bottle of vodka and a pillow...' This is a cliché-heavy, B-grade, supernatural horror film, which is actually more funny than scary. But it is mostly boring. How did the writer/director ever convince some decent actors (Collette … Continue reading The Two Reviews: Hereditary (2018 Ari Aster)