LFF 2016 – Personal Shopper (2016)

From Johnny Mnemonic (1995) to eXistenZ (1999), the '90s vogue for tactile tech thrillers has now been memeified out of all context, but their warnings against the growth of simulated realities, emotional desensitisation, and the risks of…

Green Room (2016)

Jeremy Saulnier's Blue Ruin (2013) begins in media res, advancing with the tension of stretching a coiled slinky into garrotting wire, and ceasing on a moment of violence that snaps the instrument back into a thick, tangled wad. In most…

Only Yesterday (1991)

Great films are transportive - they cultivate a sense of time and place that feels lived-in and specific, and use elements of production design, costume and sound to tell a story separate from the plot. In Only Yesterday, the place is…

LONDON 2015 – Son Of Saul (2015)

With remarkable confidence for his feature debut, László Nemes has located a cinematic language to grapple with the urgency of history and its irrevocable course. Perching his camera onto the shoulders of an emotionally paralysed…

LONDON 2015 – The Here After (2015)

Two years after an intimate tragedy shot tremors through a rural Swedish community, teenager John (Ulrik Munther) is released from a high security institute, and embraced by his father. The wide shot in which this happens could represent …

Scalarama Preview

Scalarama, the dizzyingly eclectic cross-country repertory exhibit which overruns every UK cinephile’s September calendar, is about to launch its fifth year in appropriately bad taste, with a BFI retrospective of Baltimore’s Pope of Trash,…

Paper Moon (1973)

Like The Last Picture Show, his monochrome tapestry detailing the economic and emotional stagnation of a post-war Texan community, Peter Bogdanovich’s Paper Moon aestheticised the impoverished through the prosperous channels of New…

Phoenix (2014)

Reorienting the themes of Hitchcock's binary women-in-peril pictures, Vertigo (1958) and Marnie (1964), Christian Petzold's Phoenix is a fraught, horror-tinged marital drama which builds Sirkian malaise into the construct of a perverted…