Archive for October, 2010

Édgar Ramírez (Carlos), Alejandro Arroyo (Dr Valentín Hernández), Juana Acosta (Amie de Carlos). Screenplay by Dan Franck and Olivier Assayas. Directed by Olivier Assayas. Rating: 18. Running time: 165 minutes. If you bother to take the time to watch Carlos, it is probably my duty to forewarn you just how painstakingly slow and long it is. This is a film […]

If you know who Alejandro González Iñárritu is, and if you know what type of film he likes to make, then the first thing you should immediately want to find out when seeing him speak live is whether he’s as insanely grim as his films suggest. This is the man who proclaimed his first three films […]

Javier Bardem (Uxbal), Rubén Ochandiano (Zanc), Maricel Álvarez (Marambra). Screenplay by Nicolás Giacobone, Armando Bo, Alejandro González Iñárritu. Directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu. Rating: 15. Running time: 147 minutes. Javier Bardem is the Al Pacino of our age. Both men achieve a level of power and presence on screen that is unrivalled, have eyes curiously moving in their depth, and the characters they […]

Joshua Tan (En), Elena Chia, Bobbi Chen, Ng Jing-Jing. Screenplay by Boo Junfeng. Directed by Boo Junfeng. Running time: 96 minutes. The Singaporean film industry is far from the world’s most ferocious. In fact, it’s practically non-existent. Nevertheless, Sandcastle has escaped commonplace censorship and has been shipped off the island across to the West, reaching […]

Word Is Out must have been incomprehensibly radical for its time. It is hard to fathom just how intense the stigma attached to homosexuality must have been in the Western world merely a few decades ago. And despite the much more liberal times we now live in (and should cherish), this film still speaks volumes […]

Ryan Gosling (Dean), Michelle Williams (Cindy). Screenplay by Cami Delavigne, Joey Curtis and Derek Cianfrance. Directed by Derek Cianfrance. Running time: 120 minutes. If you saw Revolutionary Road two years ago, you should have been as awestruck as I was by the quality of acting and hard hitting story of a marriage going wrong due to […]

Thanapat Saisaymar (Boonmee), Jenjira Pongpas (Jen), Sakda Kaewbuadee (Tong). Screenplay by Apichatpong Weerasethakul. Directed by Apichatpong Weerasethakul. Running time: 114 minutes. What a completely impenetrable bitch of a film. I have seen many weird pieces of cinema in my time, from Last Year In Marienbad to Synecdoche, New York, but nothing has alienated me quite like Uncle Boonmee managed to. Who sits on […]