The Long Day Closes

Terence Davies is a film maker largely unknown in much of America. His brand of visual art house is not shall we say ‘box office’ but is visually stunning. This is particular true of his work set in his native Liverpool, a city I also spent many formative years in. Perhaps his most beloved work from …

Elle

Businesswoman Michele Leblanc (Isabelle Huppert) seems to be a woman without feelings. When her mother announces she is marrying a much younger man she laughs at her. When said mother than has a stroke and dies she ignores her dying wishes When her best friend’s husband approaches her for an affair she goes with it …

The Great Beauty

Why would a man with seemingly limitless promise as a novelist fail to write for 40 years and pursue a life of hedonistic emptiness instead? Such is the mystery at the center of Paolo Sorrentino’s stunning new film Le Grande Belleza (The Great Beauty) Jep Gambardelli, the aging ‘novelist’ in question, is certainly a man …

Rust and Bone

If I told you of a film where the lead character loses her legs in a bizarre accident involving a killer whale and is befriended by a bare knuckle boxer with a 5 year old son who learns the importance of a tenderness and love through his crippled lover, you might want to reach for …

Dance Dance Dance

I have a fear of Wim Wenders. I’ve tried medication and therapy but nothing seems to work. It all started as a teenager. I went to see ‘The State of Things’ at a local art house cinema. It’s a film about running out of money to make a film and sitting around the set waiting …

The End of the World is Trier

Be it ‘The Walking Dead’ or ‘Take Shelter’  it seems the modern world and in particular America, is full of apocalyptic visions. The latest addition to the genre comes courtesy of Danish director, Lars Von Trier. His film ‘Melancholia’ concerns a planet of that name, which is about to give everyone a very bad hair …

The Trip

  Like last year’s ‘In the Loop’, ‘The Trip’ shows British comedy at it’s finest. Directed by the prolific Michael Winterbottom, it stars two Brit comedy favorites Steve Coogan, star of 24 Hour Party People and Rob Brydon, a welsh impressionist and comedian who is rather less known outside the sceptered isle. The way I …

Film Bore

I confess I have a problem that no self-respecting university educated man or woman should admit to. Most art house films bore me. Even many of the ones I profess to like I watch as if I’m doing something good for myself like eating broccoli. I have no such problem with literary novels. My enjoyment …