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’

Review: Call Me by Your Name (Luca Guadagnino, 2017)

With A Bigger Splash, director Luca Guadagnino used an Italian summer as the backdrop for a vibrant, erotically charged clash of personalities. His latest effort, Call Me by Your Name, based on André Aciman’s beloved 2007 novel, features this same setting but a different tonal register. Here, the modes are pure heady romance and coming-of-age tale, and… Read More Review: Call Me by Your Name (Luca Guadagnino, 2017)

Michael Winterbottom on Wolf Alice doc ‘On the Road’

“Living on a bus is not to be recommended.” We’re speaking to the ever prolific British director Michael Winterbottom about his new film, On the Road, in the decidedly calm confines of a publicity company’s meeting room, where the only wheel-based peril comes when we almost trip over an office chair on our way out at… Read More Michael Winterbottom on Wolf Alice doc ‘On the Road’