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Monthly Archives: February 2018

It starts with a male escort named Betrand (Gaspard Ulliel) giving one of his ailing clients a bath. This client is an acclaimed writer reaching the end of his career — with only one last play left ready to publish. When the writer suddenly dies, however, Bertrand sees his chance, heading straight out of there while taking the manuscript with… Read more »

18 February 2018 | Features, Reviews

The Oscars for Best Actor in the 21st century awarded some of the best actors of this generation. There were overall very demanding performances, so it was a list that was quite difficult to rank. Comparing it with the respective Best Actress list, we notice that most of the men’s leading roles present a positive example: people who fought against… Read more »

17 February 2018 | Features, Other Lists

Russian cinema is one of the most productive and internationally recognized in the world. It has its beginnings in the Russian empire, and then was developed through the Soviet period and the new times. The pioneers of Russian cinema explored the possibilities of the seventh art and performed interesting experiments, like the Kuleshov effect and associative editing. Later on, the… Read more »

17 February 2018 | Features, Film Lists

The Hotel Jugoslavija in Belgrade was once the talk of the town, regularly hosting international heads of state in its heyday of the 70s and 80s. Eventually taken over by criminals and brutally bombed by NATO in 1999, it has lost most of its former glory. Nevertheless, you can still make a booking for just over €30 a night. The… Read more »

17 February 2018 | Features, Reviews

The Heiresses is slow-burning drama at its best, lighting a fuse that doesn’t go off until the final shot. A carefully wrought piece about understanding who you are and what you want in this life, it displays a complete mastery of narrative from director Marcelo Martinessi. The film concerns Chela (Ana Brum) and Chiquita (Margarita Irun), a middle-aged couple from… Read more »

17 February 2018 | Features, Reviews

2017 was an exceptionally strong year for films, particularly smaller budget, limited releases. Being an independent film studio has never been an easy task when production companies such as Paramount or Fox Searchlight and their endless access to cash have a stranglehold on the market. There have been few stars, however, that have shone so brightly recently as A24. Last… Read more »

16 February 2018 | Features, Film Lists

Why do we love crime movies so much? Well, let’s see: we have gangsters, car chases, overcomplicated heists, infiltrated moles, choreographic and violent shoot-outs, and sometimes spectacular action set pieces. Plus, of course, there’s the sheer fun of empathizing with the bad guys… or the good guys who will try to take ‘em down. One can prefer Tarantino’s over-the-top ear… Read more »

16 February 2018 | Features, Film Lists

For any artist with an audience, criticism and scrutiny are inevitable parts of the creative process. It’s a joy for any director when a movie is released to critical and popular acclaim, especially if it happens to be their first film. As with other professions, most directors will go on to refine their technique as they create more films, so… Read more »

15 February 2018 | Features, People Lists

Judging from the early buzz, Wes Anderson’s latest movie Isle of Dogs, which opened the competition section of the Berlinale, is already a strong contender for the Golden Bear. Telling the story of a boy’s search for his missing dog, this allegorical tale revisits the stop-motion techniques that made Fantastic Mr. Fox such a huge success. A topical story in… Read more »

15 February 2018 | Features, Other Lists

Being a truly cool filmmaker requires a lot of guts and intransigence in the process of transferring a vision onto the cinema screen. The sense of style is also essential, as it strongly describes their movies and causes, which the audience feels to commune with a real and original art, not just a heartless product. Some of the directors from… Read more »

15 February 2018 | Features, People Lists

There used to be a time when you could spot a Best Picture nominee from a mile off. Big studios, big names and big dramas were usually a shoe in, and yet in recent years the Academy’s nominations have been far harder to predict. Last year a low budget independent drama took home the big prize. And so it looks… Read more »

14 February 2018 | Features, Film Lists

They don’t make films like Call Me by Your Name anymore. Films of such bold physicality and excessive splendour are few and far between since the days of Bernardo Bertolucci and the intellectual, worldly literary adaptations typical of Merchant-Ivory films. What makes Call Me by Your Name an exceptional romantic feature is not only the power of the love story… Read more »

14 February 2018 | Features, Other Lists

2017 kept its greatest work toward the end of the year. This went as expected; many producers and studios try to get their most proud work recognized during the awards season. One film that definitely made an impact was the secretive “Phantom Thread” by Paul Thomas Anderson. All we knew about the film was that it is apparently the last… Read more »

13 February 2018 | Features, Other Lists

It’s nearly that time of the year again, when the whole movie world descends upon the German capital of Berlin to watch hundreds of films, cut deals and party. It may be the coldest time of the year for a festival in the grey city, but that won’t stop thousands of people from attending. With over 400 films expected to… Read more »

13 February 2018 | Features, Film Lists

A film becomes haunting when it becomes a poignant and evocative experience. An experience that, just like a trauma, which in ancient Greek could be translated as “wound,” stays in your mind and heart as an unforgettable memory. This memory, as if it was a ghost, visits you and can make you feel agitated or concerned, but without even let… Read more »

13 February 2018 | Features, Film Lists

Guillermo del Toro has been recognized as one of the leading creators in today’s scene, focusing on creating films that add something new and innovative to the table while challenging rigid and lifeless ways of filmmaking. He has explored a wide variety of subjects, but his films always seem to revolve around dark and creepy subjects; from a child killed… Read more »

12 February 2018 | Features, Other Lists