Archive for July, 2014


The LEGO Movie (Phil Lord/Christopher Miller, 2014)

July 28, 2014


Phil Lord and Chris Miller have made a name for themselves by transforming dubious prospects for film adaptations (21 and 22 Jump Street; Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs) into genuinely inspired, very funny plays on formula. The LEGO Movie is the poster child for their brand of cinematic mischief. The antithesis of the cutesy nostalgia of video game mashup Wreck-It Ralph, there’s a grand point being made with the film’s pop culture world-blending (see a pompous LEGO Batman meeting C-3PO, Milhouse and Abe Lincoln)…

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Grand Central (Rebecca Zlotowski, 2013)

July 14, 2014


Nuclear radiation provides the unusual backdrop for a love affair in Grand Central. Tahar Rahim plays Gary, a man with an unclear criminal background who begins work at a nuclear power plant, where several employees take him under their wing and advise how to stay safe and get ahead. One night after work, he meets Karole (Seydoux), the fiancée of co-worker Toni (Denis Ménochet). Following an immediate attraction, the two promptly fail to keep their passions and loyalties in check and begin romping on a regular basis…

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The Night Is Young (Leos Carax, 1986)

July 7, 2014


If Leos Carax’s 2012 film Holy Motors was a demented lament for ‘the death of cinema’, his 1986 sophomore feature The Night Is Young (known as Mauvais sang in its native France and almost everywhere else) represents the director at his most exuberant and punkish, channelling seemingly incompatible cinematic influences (Godard, Bresson, and the artifice of Hollywood stylist Vincente Minnelli) into a blissful brand of his own making…

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EIFF 2014: Life May Be (Mania Akbari/Mark Cousins, 2014)

July 3, 2014

Life May Be

Life May Be is a five part cinematic correspondence between Irish filmmaker Mark Cousins and Iranian filmmaker Mania Akbari, made over the last year, during which time the two UK-based filmmakers had no in-person contact. Essayistic but extremely intimate in nature, each filmed ‘letter’ (three from Cousins, two from Akbari) delves into themes relevant to their personal and creative lives (e.g. exile, representation, how we approach the body), becoming more complex as each letter responds to the former and spirals off in new directions…

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My Month in Films: June 2014

July 2, 2014


38 films, 32 first time viewings
Most of those viewed at the Edinburgh International Film Festival, hence the very heavy 2013/2014 leaning of this month.

Best first time viewings
1. The Night Is Young (Leos Carax, 1986, France/Switzerland)
2. Snowpiercer (Bong Joon-ho, 2013, South Korea/USA/France/Czech Republic)
3. Stray Dogs (Tsai Ming-liang, 2013, Taiwan/France)
4. Stations of the Cross (Dietrich Brüggemann, 2014, Germany)
5. Bag of Rice (Mohammad-Ali Talebi, 1998, Iran/Japan)
6. Han Gong-ju (Lee Su-jin, 2013, South Korea)
7. 22 Jump Street (Phil Lord/Christopher Miller, 2014, USA)
8. Dead Pigeon on Beethoven Street (Samuel Fuller, 1974, West Germany)
9. I Believe in Unicorns (Leah Meyerhoff, 2014, USA)
10. Beloved Sisters (Dominik Graf, 2014, Germany/France/Switzerland) Read the rest of this entry ?