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’

Review: The Bad Batch (Ana Lily Amirpour, 2016)

In 2014, writer-director Ana Lily Amirpour made a striking debut with A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night. That black-and-white vampire drama was a blend of many disparate influences, from spaghetti westerns to a Jim Jarmusch-ian brand of cinematic cool. While Amirpour’s genre hybrid was a mixed bag in terms of lasting emotional resonance, A… Read More Review: The Bad Batch (Ana Lily Amirpour, 2016)

Review: Nocturama (Bertrand Bonello, 2016)

French director Bertrand Bonello has had an erratic track record with his films getting UK distribution. His early features The Pornographer (2001) and Tiresia (2003) are available on DVD, but 2011’s House of Tolerance was his last feature to get a British theatrical run, and barely one at that. 2014’s Saint Laurent didn’t get picked… Read More Review: Nocturama (Bertrand Bonello, 2016)