Review: United States of Love (Tomasz Wasilewski, 2016)

From the washed-out greys and blues of its visual palette in the very opening moments, and with nary a colour traditionally linked to passion present during its entire runtime, United States of Love might seem like a deliberately ironic English title for Polish director Tomas Wasilewski’s latest film. Love really is a dominant theme here,… Read More Review: United States of Love (Tomasz Wasilewski, 2016)

Review: Your Name (Makoto Shinkai, 2016)

Japanese animation Your Name arrives on the UK’s shores with a degree of hype behind it unlike anything anime usually receives (unless Studio Ghibli is somehow involved). The reason: just three months into its theatrical run back home, Makoto Shinkai’s film is already, at the very least at the time of writing, the seventh-highest earning… Read More Review: Your Name (Makoto Shinkai, 2016)

Review: Francofonia (Alexander Sokurov, 2015)

A spiritual sequel of sorts to his 2002 film, Russian Ark, Francofonia sees Alexander Sokurov tour another testament to Europe’s cultural and historical achievements of the last few centuries. Instead of the Russian State Hermitage Museum, this time it’s the Louvre. Sokurov narrates the non-fiction feature, but this is by no means a documentary, despite… Read More Review: Francofonia (Alexander Sokurov, 2015)

Review: Richard Linklater: Dream Is Destiny (Louis Black/Karen Bernstein, 2016)

A couple of years back, critic-turned-director Gabe Klinger made a film called Double Play: James Benning and Richard Linklater. Instead of a traditional documentary tour of the respective filmographies of his director subjects, Klinger instead presented a series of extended chats between Linklater and his (perhaps unexpected) friend Benning, the latter being an older filmmaker… Read More Review: Richard Linklater: Dream Is Destiny (Louis Black/Karen Bernstein, 2016)