My top films of the decade: 2010 – 2019

It seems to be the thing to do – as we enter a new decade, a list of favourite films from the one which is just ending appears to be de rigueur. So here we are. I’ve seen other lists where the writers have selected one film from each year of the decade to provide … Continue reading My top films of the decade: 2010 – 2019


Director Pablo Larraín gives Chilean poet Pablo Neruda a taste of his own magical reality by mixing elements of Neruda's real life with a fictional police officer who is on his trail. As can be expected, Gael García Bernal beautifully inhabits the self-aware, self-aggrandising fictional sleuth, hot on the trail of Neruda, a fugitive in … Continue reading Neruda


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

¿Quién es Dayani Cristal? – Who is Dayani Cristal?

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?