Does a film need to strive for originality when it executes its premise so confidently? As the credits rolled on Don’t Talk to Irene, I couldn’t help but compare it to the raft of quirky indie comedies that have seemingly become a subgenre in and of themselves ever since Little Miss Sunshine made waves back in 2006. Yet I still had the biggest smile on my face, and came away thinking it was amongst the strongest films I had seen at the Glasgow Film Festival thus far.Read More
Affectionately regarded by many critics as the first ‘Satay Western’ due to its thematic and visual ties to the legendary wave of Italian-made Westerns of the 1960’s and 70’s, ultimately this comparison devalues the depth and nuance present in Indonesian director Mouly Surya’s latest film.Read More
It is rare that you get to see a film that can be considered a truly singular vision. While cinema is full of renowned auteurs, as a viewer we also understand that these are projects undertaken by hundreds of people. Not Junk Head. The ending credits are an eye-opener, with creator Takahide Hori credited under every possible position, starting from “Director” all the way to “Model Sculptor”. To call it a labour of love would be an understatement.Read More
Twenty years on from its initial release, the late Satoshi Kon’s debut feature still dazzles and disturbs like few other films. This tale of Mima (Junko Iwao), a young pop singer turned aspiring actress whose mind begins to unravel under the strain of both exploitative people and a medium that encourages it, carries extra resonance today with the recent revelations regarding historic abuse from powerful men in Hollywood.Read More
Back in 2014, Batman was one of the breakout successes from the excellent The LEGO Movie. It seems bizarre to refer to a then-75 year old character as being ‘breakout’, but Will Arnett’s portrayal of a self-congratulatory Bruce Wayne/Batman was a refreshing change to numerous serious portrayals of the character following the high-camp disaster of Batman & Robin in the 1997. Now this version of the Dark Knight has been promoted to his own starring role, and this feature film is a loving celebration of the history of Batman which is simultaneously unafraid of joking at its own ridiculousness.Read More
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