A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night

Certainly a unique debut from director Ana Lily Amirpour. Black and white, limited dialogue, no music other than that which is played on vinyl or cassette by the characters, and a story which can be taken at face value as a vampire story, or can be read on a number of social or political levels. … Continue reading A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night

Mad Max: Fury Road

OK, what have I missed here? I will readily admit that technically this has upped the game for action films. But having established that, I have to say that I found it a little repetitive and simplistic. I even wonder why it was called Mad Max, as he plays backup to much stronger and more … Continue reading Mad Max: Fury Road

Clouds of Sils Maria

The Clouds of the title are a meteorological phenomenon which happens in the mountains, where the clouds swirl through the peaks and valleys like a serpent. The clouds will look different depending on where you are viewing them from, but they also shape shift while you are actually watching them. The film's plot does exactly … Continue reading Clouds of Sils Maria

Phoenix

Another film from director Christian Petzold featuring Nina Hoss and Ronald Zehrfeld, previously all together in Barbara. This time, it's a Berlin immediately in the aftermath of WWII, and Hoss plays a concentration camp survivor who returns home having had reconstructive facial surgery following her injuries. She's so vulnerable and delicate you can almost imagine she … Continue reading Phoenix

Rosewater

Gael García Bernal manages to choose roles which have something to say about the world, often political, and frequently featuring real people or events (I'm thinking No, ¿Quién es Dayani Cristal? or También la Lluvia, for example). Here again, he plays British-based Iranian journalist Maziar Bahari, arrested for 'espionage' while covering Iranian presidential elections in … Continue reading Rosewater

Christopher Doyle – Cinematographer and Artist

A complete stroke of fate meant that I was listening to BBC Radio 4's Film Programme last week in a hotel room on a short work visit to London. One of the items was a feature on one of my favourite cinematographers Christopher Doyle (In the Mood for Love, Chungking Express, Rabbit-Proof Fence, 2046) - not … Continue reading Christopher Doyle – Cinematographer and Artist