Posts Tagged ‘almodovar’

Two more months and we’ll be on the home stretch towards the awards season again. Everybody knows that if it’s a year Christopher Nolan is busy filming rather than releasing, cinema practically dies from the end of the Oscars in March until the beginning of October. I’ve found a few exceptions, but this year is […]


Brigitte Bardot (Camille Javal), Michel Piccoli (Paul Javal), Jack Palance (Jeremy Prokosch), Giorgia Moll (Francesca Vanini), Fritz Lang (Fritz Lang). Screenplay by Jean-Luc Godard. Directed by Jean-Luc Godard. Rating: 15. Running time: 103 minutes. Breathless cost Godard nothing. He filmed it on a handheld camera, created the impression of a sophisticated tracking shot by pushing his cinematographer along the pavement in a […]


Penélope Cruz (Raimunda), Lola Dueñas (Sole), Carmen Maura (Irene), Blanca Portillo (Agustina). Screenplay by Pedro Almodóvar. Directed by Pedro Almodóvar. Rating: 15. Running time: 121 minutes. Volver is a special species of film, very different from Talk to Her, All About My Mother, Broken Embraces and any other member of the older Almodóvar’s oeuvre. It still bursts with vibrant colour, in […]


Anamaria Marinca (Otilia), Laura Vasiliu (Gabita Dragut), Vlad Ivanov (Mr. Bebe). Screenplay by Christian Mungiu. Directed by Christian Mungiu. Rating: 18. Running time: 113 minutes. If anyone had watched me watching 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days, they would have observed a face expressing nothing but despair for the entirety of the film’s duration. […]


Tony Leung Chiu Wai (Chow Mo-wan), Li Gong (Su Li-zhen), Faye Wong (Wang Jing-wen), Takuya Kimura (Tak), Ziyi Zhang (Bai Ling), Carina Lau (Lulu), Maggie Cheung (Su Li-zhen). Screenplay by Wong Kar-wai. Directed by Wong Kar-wai. Rating: 12. Running time: 129 minutes. If Chungking Express feels like a scrapbook, a rapid-fire mash-up of sublime style, […]


Tony Leung (Cop 663), Takeshi Kaneshiro (He Zhiwu, Cop 223), Faye Wong (Faye), Brigitte Lin (Woman in blonde wig), Valerie Chow (Air hostess). Written by Wong Kar-wai. Directed by Wong Kar-wai. Rating: 12. Running time: 102 minutes. If you insist on plots, get out of here. Chungking Express doesn’t have one in any meaningful sense and […]