A film that does the big things well and messes up the small things. The world-building is beautiful - the shimmer, the flora, the fauna. The ideas present are fascinating - the notion of cells multiplying and spreading, the doppergänger, the unreliable narrator, the ambiguity. The notion that we are self-destructive beings one way or another. These … Continue reading Annihiliation

Una Mujer Fantástica – A Fantastic Woman

The word is dignity. Daniela Vega imbues Marina with such dignity, and it makes beautiful viewing. It’s a stunning, delicate performance which deserves all the plaudits it is receiving. The film is rooted in the truth of Marina’s situation, the resilience she finds to deal with her travails and the choices she makes as to … Continue reading Una Mujer Fantástica – A Fantastic Woman

Red Sparrow

In Jennifer Lawrence’s fourth collaboration with director Francis Lawrence (previously having worked together on three of the Hunger Games films), Lawrence plays Dominika Egorova – a highly talented Russian ballet dancer who also cares for her sick mother. But her career is cut short by a terrible injury, and her Uncle Vanya (Matthias Schoenaerts) offers … Continue reading Red Sparrow

Нелюбовь – Loveless + Q&A

A week in advance of the official UK release, Manchester's leading independent cinema (and my own personal favourite) HOME brought the cinema-going citizens of the region a preview screening of Loveless followed by a Q&A with director Andrey Zvyagintsev and producer Aleksandr Rodnyanskiy. Loveless is nominated for an Academy Award this year in the 'Foreign Language Film' … Continue reading Нелюбовь – Loveless + Q&A