Archive for April, 2014


My Month in Films: April 2014

April 30, 2014

Still from Willow and Wind, the 2000 film by Mohammad-Ali Talebi

14 films, 9 first time viewings

For various social and familial reasons, this ended up being my worst month for total viewings in several years. The two first time viewings that didn’t make either list were The Two Faces of January and The Amazing Spider-Man 2.

Best first time viewings
1. Willow and Wind (Mohammad-Ali Talebi, 2000, Iran/Japan)
2. Cross of Iron (Sam Peckinpah, 1977, UK/West Germany)
3. Tom at the Farm (Xavier Dolan, 2013, Canada/France)
4. Little Fugitive (Ray Ashley/Morris Engel/Ruth Orkin, 1953, USA) Read the rest of this entry ?


Wrinkles (Ignacio Ferreras, 2011)

April 22, 2014


From recent efforts like The Illusionist and Up to 1986’s When the Wind Blows, animation as a medium has served elderly protagonists particularly well; the form’s limitless visual possibilities have also provided several of cinema’s most potent ruminations on memory and the passage of time. Spanish production Wrinkles is another great example of this…

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Sordid Cinema #76: ‘The Raid 2′ and ‘Oculus’

April 17, 2014


I’m on the latest episode of the Sordid Cinema podcast, discussing, with Ricky D, Edgar Chaput and Josh Spiegel, Gareth Evans’ The Raid 2. Ricky and Edgar also discuss Mike Flanagan’s Oculus in the show’s third segment.

Stream the episode here.
Alternatively, you can download the episode or subscribe to the podcast by looking up Sound On Sight/Sordid Cinema on iTunes.


A Story of Mark Cousins and Children and Film

April 13, 2014

Little Fugitive

I helped with a collaborative feature on Mark Cousins’ touring Cinema of Childhood season for The Skinny, writing on three great films about kids: Little Fugitive, Long Live the Republic, and Shinji Sômai’s Moving.

You can read the article here.


The Raid 2 (Gareth Evans, 2014)

April 11, 2014


Gareth Evans’ The Raid took place over one day in a single locale; its narrative had an economy akin to old-school John Carpenter. For the sequel, written, edited and directed by Evans, the filmmaker’s vision expands to the infiltration of a criminal network over several years. It is a sprawling, convoluted 150 minute saga built on a story framework that’s simultaneously simple and impenetrable, wherein most of its kinetic choreography is transformed into arduous onslaughts that numb rather than thrill…

Click for the full review for The Skinny
My review of The Raid from early 2012 can be read here.


The Strange Colour of Your Body’s Tears (Hélène Cattet/Bruno Forzani, 2013)

April 11, 2014


Before even watching a frame of the work in question, genre-savvy film enthusiasts will likely gather from its title that The Strange Colour of Your Body’s Tears is a tribute to giallo cinema, a form of Italian thriller fuelled with fantastical horror and eroticism that was host to striking film names such as Your Vice Is a Locked Room and Only I Have the Key (1972). Giallo is very much the defining motif of directing duo Hélène Cattet and Bruno Forzani’s work to date, their lone prior feature film being the fairly widely praised Amer (2009). Elsewhere, their rather abstract “O is for Orgasm” short, part of horror anthology The ABCs of Death (2012), borrowed the bold colour palettes of Dario Argento’s prime for a sensory overload heavy on the eroticism…

Click for the full review for New Empress Magazine


My Month in Films: March 2014

April 1, 2014


23 films, 18 first time viewings

Best first time viewings
1. Under the Skin (Jonathan Glazer, 2013, UK)
2. A Time to Love and a Time to Die (Douglas Sirk, 1958, USA)
3. Only Lovers Left Alive (Jim Jarmusch, 2013, Various)
4. Fearless (Peter Weir, 1993, USA)
5. Lift to the Scaffold (Louis Malle, 1958, France)
6. Cape Fear (J. Lee Thompson, 1962, USA)
7. The Muppet Movie (James Frawley, 1979, USA/UK)
8. Touki Bouki (Djibril Diop Mambéty, 1973, Senegal)
9. her (Spike Jonze, 2013, USA)
10. ‘I Know Where I’m Going!’ (Michael Powell/Emeric Pressburger, 1945, UK) Read the rest of this entry ?