January and February 2017 in Review

Writing All This Panic Free Fire Fresh Blood: five mindblowing vampire movies Graduation Illegitimate In Praise of the visionary Gore Verbinski Lady Macbeth Moonlight Morris from America director: “I humped my pillow a lot” Neruda Sharlto Copley and Ben Wheatley on Free Fire It’s Only the End of the World Lost in France Trainspotting Advertisements

Review: It’s Only the End of the World (Xavier Dolan, 2016)

The sixth film in just eight years from 27-year-old Xavier Dolan, It’s Only the End of the World sees the Quebecois director work with his most impressive array of performers yet – an assortment of some of France’s most beloved established and rising stars. That’s not to say that previous collaborators such as Melvil Poupaud… Read More Review: It’s Only the End of the World (Xavier Dolan, 2016)

Interview: Sharlto Copley and Ben Wheatley on ‘Free Fire’

“WAS IT LOUD?! If the volume’s up it can be a little intense.” South African actor Sharlto Copley is responding to the news that The Skinny has come to interview him pretty much straight from a press screening of his new film Free Fire, a 1970s Boston-set action movie from British director Ben Wheatley, the… Read More Interview: Sharlto Copley and Ben Wheatley on ‘Free Fire’

Review: Graduation (Cristian Mungiu, 2016)

Teen Eliza (Maria-Victoria Dragus) has been raised by her physician father Romeo (Adrian Titieni) with the idea she will one day leave their Transylvanian town to study and live abroad. On the eve of her final exams, an assault jeopardises her pending UK scholarship, causing Romeo to pursue shady solutions to ensure her future. If… Read More Review: Graduation (Cristian Mungiu, 2016)

In Praise of the visionary Gore Verbinski

For the best part of a decade now, Hollywood marketers has shown a penchant for promoting the ‘visionary’ – you’ll be familiar with trailers claiming the latest film hitting your multiplex as being from ‘visionary director [INSERT NAME HERE]’. Our research suggests the trend started around the time of Watchmen’s first trailer in 2008, which featured the line… Read More In Praise of the visionary Gore Verbinski

Review: Illegitimate (Adrian Sitaru, 2016)

The predominate theme of Illegitimate, from Romanian director Adrian Sitaru, is that of love in extreme scenarios. One of these is delivered immediately in the film’s opening 15-minute-reunion sequence, which very quickly turns into an extended verbal sparring between a patriarch doctor (Titieni) and his adult offspring. The brood have discovered that under the Ceausescu… Read More Review: Illegitimate (Adrian Sitaru, 2016)