Author: Mike Ewins

LFF 2016 – Ears, Nose And Throat (2016)
Film Review

LFF 2016 – Ears, Nose And Throat (2016)

At precisely eight hours, Kevin Jerome Everson’s Park Lanes (LFF 2015) is a work of intense situational continuity, observing the rhythms and operations of a QubicaAMF factory floor from clock-in to clock-out. Its shape is rigorous, but rather than a Warholian exercise in duration (à la Empire, 1964), where industry […]

LFF 2016 – Personal Shopper (2016)
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LFF 2016 – Personal Shopper (2016)

From Johnny Mnemonic (1995) to eXistenZ (1999), the ’90s vogue for tactile tech thrillers has now been memeified out of all context, but their warnings against the growth of simulated realities, emotional desensitisation, and the risks of digitising intimate data were often prescient, if a little hyperbolic. It took French auteur Olivier […]

Green Room (2016)
DVD Review

Green Room (2016)

Jeremy Saulnier’s Blue Ruin (2013) begins in media res, advancing with the tension of stretching a coiled slinky into garrotting wire, and ceasing on a moment of violence that snaps the instrument back into a thick, tangled wad. In most revenge stories, this moment would represent a climax, but here […]

Only Yesterday (1991)
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Only Yesterday (1991)

Great films are transportive – they cultivate a sense of time and place that feels lived-in and specific, and use elements of production design, costume and sound to tell a story separate from the plot. In Only Yesterday, the place is Tokyo, and the time is 1966. Taeko (Miki Imai) […]

LONDON 2015 – Son Of Saul (2015)
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LONDON 2015 – Son Of Saul (2015)

With remarkable confidence for his feature debut, László Nemes has located a cinematic language to grapple with the urgency of history and its irrevocable course. Perching his camera onto the shoulders of an emotionally paralysed Sonderkommando (Géza Röhrig), Nemes threads several tiers of fictional narrative into the morning before a […]

LONDON 2015 – One Floor Below (2015)
Film Review

LONDON 2015 – One Floor Below (2015)

The first floor of the apartment block, through which all tenants must pass, is where the crime took place. On the second floor, its suspect. The third, a potential witness. If the pulpy premise of One Floor Below is enticingly Hitchcockian, its enactment has fattened the delicate humanism of director Radu Muntean, a […]

LONDON 2015 – The Here After (2015)
Film Review

LONDON 2015 – The Here After (2015)

Two years after an intimate tragedy shot tremors through a rural Swedish community, teenager John (Ulrik Munther) is released from a high security institute, and embraced by his father. The wide shot in which this happens could represent The Here After in microcosm – an attempt at warmth and reconciliation viewed in cold, […]

Scalarama Preview
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Scalarama Preview

Scalarama, the dizzyingly eclectic cross-country repertory exhibit which overruns every UK cinephile’s September calendar, is about to launch its fifth year in appropriately bad taste, with a BFI retrospective of Baltimore’s Pope of Trash, John Waters (beginning September 1st). Honouring the heritage of its iconic namesake (London’s Scala cinema, which […]

Paper Moon (1973)
DVD Review

Paper Moon (1973)

Like The Last Picture Show, his monochrome tapestry detailing the economic and emotional stagnation of a post-war Texan community, Peter Bogdanovich’s Paper Moon aestheticised the impoverished through the prosperous channels of New Hollywood, the last artistic peak of a capitalist dream whose first flush of auteurs – Welles, Ford and […]

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Phoenix (2014)

Reorienting the themes of Hitchcock’s binary women-in-peril pictures, Vertigo (1958) and Marnie (1964), Christian Petzold’s Phoenix is a fraught, horror-tinged marital drama which builds Sirkian malaise into the construct of a perverted Pygmalion thriller. Nelly (Nina Hoss) is a death camp survivor searching for her husband in postwar Berlin, unaware […]