Posts Tagged ‘drama’

12 Years a Slave (2013)

12 Years a Slave (2013)
The ordeal of the ancestors 12 Years a Slave, adapted from the true account by Soloman Northrup, a free black man resident in New York who was kidnapped into slavery from 1841 to 1853 in the South, is British artist Steve McQueen’s third feature film, after his powerful debut Hunger (NYFF 2008,...
November 12th, 2013 | Film Reviews | Read More

All is Lost (2013)

All is Lost (2013)
A sacrament of survival The only appropriate thing to say about J.C. Chandor’s highly original and brilliantly executed second feature is nothing, because it is wordless, or nearly so. It follows someone for days in a life and death struggle who hardly speaks at all. Our Man (Robert Redford) has...
November 12th, 2013 | Film Reviews | Read More

Behind The Camera: Why Mr. E Went To Hollywood (2013)

Behind The Camera: Why Mr. E Went To Hollywood (2013)
Blurring the lines between documentary and fiction, director Je-yong Lee’s Behind The Camera is best described as the Korean version of Tom DiCillo’s Living In Oblivion (1995), his brilliantly witty account of the perils of filmmaking and, better yet, the subjectivity of shared experience....
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About Time (2013)

About Time (2013)
Second chances Richard Curtis writes his own screenplays, and well he might, since he got a First in English at Oxford. Oxford notwithstanding, he is a pop writer, a Brit from New Zealand originally who turns out English equivalents of Nora Ephron. And no harm in that. If Notting Hill wasn’t...
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Her (2013)

Her (2013)
A mechanized rom-com that goes soft Her takes us to a futuristic LA deftly constructed using exteriors shot in Shanghai. It’s a pretty, pastel world. But there’s small fun in it because its inhabitants, made up chiefly of thirty-somethings, can’t relate. The protagonist, Theodore (Joaquin...
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Boomerang Family (2013)

Boomerang Family (2013)
There are families with black sheep, and then there are black sheep families. The dysfunctional kindred of Hae-sung Song’s fantastically obsidian comedy are like a low-class, anti-intellectual, economically ruined Royal Tenenbaums: the oldest, a college graduate who never realised his potential...
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We Are the Best! (2013)

We Are the Best! (2013)
Having missed this film at the Venice Film Festival this year, due to a scheduling clash, I was delighted to see it was playing at the Cornwall Film Festival. Lukas Moodysson’s latest film is a slice of adolescent punk set in Stockholm in 1982 and based on wife Coco’s comic book. Moodysson returns...
November 12th, 2013 | Feature, Film Reviews | Read More

Jeune & jolie (2013)

Jeune & jolie (2013)
The mystery film at this year’s Cornwall Film Festival was the highly anticipated latest film from acclaimed French director François Ozon. Jeune & jolie, translated as Young and Beautiful, focuses on gorgeous  17 year old Isabelle (Marine Vacth), who strategically loses her virginity on a family...
November 11th, 2013 | Feature, Film Reviews | Read More

The Broken Circle Breakdown (2012)

The Broken Circle Breakdown (2012)
Didier and Elise at first appear an unlikely pair, he a brooding, atheist country singer and she a pretty tattoo artist with a cross, but soon it is clear they were made for each other. Structured in flashbacks and flashforwards, much like Blue Valentine, we piece together the story of the couple and...
November 10th, 2013 | Feature, Film Reviews | Read More

Blue is the Warmest Color (2013)

Blue is the Warmest Color (2013)
Adele (magnificently portrayed by Adèle Exarchopoulos) is a teenage literature student coming to terms with her sexual identity, as well as who she wants to be in life, when a brief exchange of a glance with striking tomboy Emma (Léa Seydoux) alters her life forever. Blue is the Warmest Color manages...
November 9th, 2013 | Feature, Film Reviews | Read More