Review: Day for Night (François Truffaut, 1973)

Though The 400 Blows and Jules et Jim have since come to define the work of François Truffaut for the casual cinema enthusiast, there was a time when his 1973 film Day for Night could be considered the French director’s biggest international breakthrough. Having picked up the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar in 1974, the… Read More Review: Day for Night (François Truffaut, 1973)

Review: After Love (Joachim Lafosse, 2016)

“People used to be able to mend stuff. They’d mend socks, fridges… Now, they throw them out at the first problem. A relationship is the same. No desire, out it goes. But nobody’s perfect.” The above dialogue comes from the mother of one of After Love’s protagonists. Considering how it sounds like a mission statement… Read More Review: After Love (Joachim Lafosse, 2016)

Review: Jack Reacher: Never Go Back (Edward Zwick, 2016)

Excluding the five film-strong Mission: Impossible franchise that has endured over the last 20 years, and an oft-mooted but as yet unmade return to the danger zone of Top Gun, Tom Cruise has tended to stay away from sequels. There’s The Color of Money from early in his career, which saw Paul Newman reprise his role… Read More Review: Jack Reacher: Never Go Back (Edward Zwick, 2016)

Review: The Handmaiden (Park Chan-wook, 2016)

After a polarising foray into English-language filmmaking with 2013’s Stoker, Park Chan-wook returns to his native South Korean cinema for The Handmaiden. The results on display suggest a director rejuvenated. With this period epic of lust, love and (lady) vengeance there’s still all of the off-kilter bombast and blunt force that has characterised his career to date, but with… Read More Review: The Handmaiden (Park Chan-wook, 2016)

Review: Kate Plays Christine (Robert Greene, 2016)

In Robert Greene’s non-fiction feature Kate Plays Christine, actor Kate Lyn Sheil painstakingly prepares to play the role of TV reporter Christine Chubbuck, whose successful on-air suicide attempt in 1974 allegedly inspired Network. No footage of the incident exists in the public sphere, however, nor much video of Chubbuck at all, so Sheil finds great difficulty… Read More Review: Kate Plays Christine (Robert Greene, 2016)