I find it very difficult to comment too much in-depth on films like this, films which are so essentially personal to the film maker. And although many films to a certain extent will be personal, Roma - like Martin Scorsese's Silence - is so deliberately and deeply rooted in the experiences of the writer/director/cinematographer Alfonso Cuarón … Continue reading Roma
Martin Scorsese must feel a huge sense of relief, having finally brought to screen a story which has been in planning for 20 years or so. But this is so clearly a very personal exploration of faith, doubt and belief by the director that any opinions I have seem unnecessary. Scorsese has bared his soul on … Continue reading Silence
A still-in-the-editing stage screening of a film featuring a wonderfully inspirational character whose story should not be forgotten. Garry Davis used The Universal Declaration of Human Rights to proclaim himself a citizen of the world, not of any one nation. His position is that if there are no individual countries and we are all citizens of … Continue reading Martin Sheen presents – The World is My Country
Long takes, still camera and minimal dialogue. It's all a bit Tarkovsky, but left me asking what and why, which generally isn't the case with the Russian director, who is clearly a massive influence here. It has also has a definite Western vibe (yet another in 2015 - see here for others) and is framed … Continue reading Jauja
Those of you who've been reading this blog for a while will know that Gael García Bernal can generally be relied upon in my view to provide high quality, thought-provoking films on a regular basis. For some reason though, this one fails to reach those usually high standards. Don't get me wrong - Bernal himself … Continue reading El Ardor – The Burning
Gael Garcia Bernal can always be relied upon to be part of some thought-provoking films. He was in my favourite film of both 2012 (También la Lluvia) and 2013 (No), and with ¿Quién es Dayani Cristal?, he has not let me down this year either. Bernal mixes two strands in this documentary - one presents the … Continue reading ¿Quién es Dayani Cristal? – Who is Dayani Cristal?