Review of Salute! Sun Yat-Sen, directed by Yee Chih-Yen. A heist film refreshingly free of the genre’s many tired clichés, the film carries an old-fashioned charm reminiscent of the heartfelt working class comedies of Charlie Chaplin’s tramp but, more unusually, it also retains the social awareness of those films.
Review of MAMA ILLEGAL. directed by Ed Moschitz. Since the release of Mama Illegal in 2011, the world’s migratory problems have seemed only to worsen. Furthering plight in neighbouring continents has only seen the rise in the number of people willing to tackle treacherous paths in order to find a better life in Western Europe’s powerhouses.
Review of ONE ZERO ONE. Directed by Tim Lienhard. One Zero One is a highly stylised and theatrically baroque hybrid of documentary and fiction or ‘docu-fiction’ that focuses on the fascinating relationship between the irreverent drag double act, Cyber Sissy and BayB Jane.
Review of PERNICIOUS. Directed by James Cullen Bressac. Pernicious, the devilish new horror film from James Cullen Bressack, is a picture that looks to have been built from the visuals up, making it first and foremost a rush of the senses. Taking advantage of its vibrant Thai setting (a refreshingly rare environment for American ghost stories), the film has an attractive palette of greens, browns and golds which it uses as the backdrop for some vivid displays of carnage that could even have…
"Well-dressed, if conservatively and a bit on the matronly side, she emanates the aura of a fading Russian beauty: slow and glacial exterior belying, one imagines, the incendiary mix on the inside waiting for a spark.
Review of WHAT'S LEFT OF US. Directed by Christoph Bell. Eyelashes. The most luscious I’ve ever seen. This is what will stay with me from Christopher Behl’s 2013 zombie-drama What’s Left of Us. Every time (and there were many) the camera lingered in meaningful close-ups, my gaze could focus on nothing else but that dark, dense curtain framing her eyes.
Review of THE WALLACE LINE. Directed Franz Müller. A correct subtitle for this movie could be “Anatomy of a Love Story”. The film is about two very different people, Robert (Àlex Brendemühl) and Maren (Marie-Lou Sellem), who meet through a chat room and begin to see each other and then surrender to the desire of having a family and move in together.
Review of AU REVOIR L'ÉTÉ. Directed by Koji Fukada. Any discussion of Koji Fukada’s affecting new drama, Au revoir l’été, will inevitably involve a comparison to the late great Eric Rohmer. Shadows of the French director’s 1983 picture, Pauline at the Beach, are especially evident in Fukada’s story, setting and characterisations. Less likely to come up in discussions is just how difficult it actually is to evoke this director as an influence.