A Star Is Born (2018)

The cinematic event of the year is undeniably A Star Is Born – it is a film that has taken the world by surprise, and surpassed every expectation put upon the third remake of a classic film. A great deal has been written about this film – many have mentioned how A Star Is Born…

Loulou (1980)

Loulou is a great film, a formal romantic masterpiece that sees director Maurice Pialat abandoning the stylistic pretensions of the French New Wave for something brutal, raw and visceral, a beautifully-constructed drama set in the dingy apartments and overcrowded bars of Paris and surrounds, as we watch the inner psychological workings of three core characters,…

Chimes at Midnight (1965)

You have to admire the sheer gall of Orson Welles – who else would dare become so dissatisfied with the limits of William Shakespeare’s work to go ahead and write their own versions of Shakespeare’s stories, using the Bard’s historically-resonant plays as a framework for their own vain lamentations of the reign of brutes and…

Eighth Grade (2018)

Kayla Day (Elsie Fisher) is near the end of eighth grade, on her way to high school. She is charming, funny and intelligent, but also deeply insecure and crushed by inextricable loneliness. She has very few friends, if any, and the only other person who seems to notice her existence is her father, Mark (Josh…

Hotel Artemis (2018)

For a community that thrives on the adoration of abstract images and the odd stories they tend to tell, the cinephile community is filled with hypocrites, especially from those that normally take a more elitist point of view. One can’t go a day without hearing someone lament about how the modern film industry is over-run…

The Royal Tenenbaums (2001)

I have a very difficult relationship with Wes Anderson. There are times when I wake up and consider him one of the most audacious voices in modern filmmaking, an essential visual artist who doesn’t make films – he composes them. There are other times when I think he is nothing more than a filmmaker who…

Leave No Trace (2018)

Debra Granik is a great filmmaker. While not necessarily the most prolific film director, having only directed three feature films (and working on several fiction and non-fiction films in some capacity), she has shown herself to be a remarkably talented artist. This review is concerned with her most recent work of art, the astonishing Leave…

Private Life (2018)

At the beginning of Private Life, the new film from Tamara Jenkins, we are introduced to Rachel (Kathryn Hahn) and Richard (Paul Giamatti), who are the quintessential artistic couple – he is a theatrical genius known for avant-garde productions, and she is a highly-acclaimed writer whose first book is about to be published after years…

The House That Dripped Blood (1971)

They just don’t make horror films like they used to anymore. Not to imply that considerably original work isn’t being done in horror cinema today, but that there was a time when horror was, dare I say, warm and endearing. The British horror films of the 1960s and 1970s had a certain elegant charm that…

Le Bonheur (1965)

Agn├Ęs Varda is an institution. She is a filmmaker who made films before, during and after the French New Wave. She is, by that very rationale, the epitomical figure of the French New Wave – and considering she was one of a few women in a cinematic movement almost entirely controlled by men, her films…