Review: Beach Rats (Eliza Hittman, 2017)

Writer-director Eliza Hittman made a splash on the festival circuit in 2013 with It Felt Like Love, an intimate portrait of a 14-year-old girl’s rush into sexual discovery. Her follow-up feature, Beach Rats, similarly deals with the sexual awakening of a teen, albeit with key differences. The first is that the protagonist, Frankie (Dickinson, a Brit newcomer… Read More Review: Beach Rats (Eliza Hittman, 2017)

Review: Murder on the Orient Express (Kenneth Branagh, 2017)

The latest screen adaptation of Agatha Christie’s iconic mystery Murder on the Orient Express mixes old-fashioned storytelling with a couple of effects-heavy embellishments more in line with modern blockbusters. It’s an approach befitting of director Kenneth Branagh’s recent career trajectory, which has included a lavish fairytale redo (Cinderella) and a Shakespeare-infused superhero movie (Thor)… Full review… Read More Review: Murder on the Orient Express (Kenneth Branagh, 2017)

Interview: Eliza Hittman on ‘Beach Rats’

“I’m not aspiring to explain the psychology of the character to the audience,” says Eliza Hittman of her style as writer-director. “That’s not my job. In a way, I’m more interested in exploring the complexity and contradictions in our behaviour. And the audience can think about why. I’m not trying to answer those questions.” We’re… Read More Interview: Eliza Hittman on ‘Beach Rats’

Interview: Claes Bang on ‘The Square’

A late addition to this year’s Cannes competition, Swedish director Ruben Östlund’s satirical drama The Square ended up a surprise winner of the Palme d’Or. The follow-up to his well-received Force Majeure, the film’s cast includes Elisabeth Moss, Dominic West and Terry Notary, best known for his motion capture work in Kong: Skull Island and the recent Planet of the Apes films.… Read More Interview: Claes Bang on ‘The Square’