The Guilty (2021)

The concept of a single-location thriller is at this point an element of filmmaking tradition with its roots reaching all the way back to Alfred Hitchcock’s Lifeboat and Rope, and possibly quite a bit further into the silent era. The toolbox needed to execute such an artificially constrained narrative successfully has been honed over many decades by many … Continue reading The Guilty (2021)

A Hidden Life (2019)

Some filmmakers find their movie in the screenplay and then shoot it as it was written. Some find the movie they want to make on the set. They make decisions based on feedback from actors and other collaborators, preside over happy accidents and shape their movie in camera. Others make their movie in the editing … Continue reading A Hidden Life (2019)

No Time to Die (2021)

CONTENT WARNING: Even though the following text does its level best to avoid discussing elements of plot, a lot can be inferred from the context. Therefore, if you have not seen No Time to Die, proceed at your own risk. 

The Uncut Gems Podcast – Episode 35 (Only God Forgives and The Neon Demon)

I have to come clean: my relationship with Nicolas Winding Refn and his cinema is far from straightforward. I loved his early stuff as well as Drive, but knowing what kind of an artist he is today I have to say that I tend to enjoy movies that hardly represent his current artistic style. Therefore, … Continue reading The Uncut Gems Podcast – Episode 35 (Only God Forgives and The Neon Demon)

New Order (2020)

The release of Michel Franco’s New Order in his home country of Mexico caused a considerable stir. Even ahead of the official premiere, the short trailer accompanying the movie was enough to draw the ire of certain, more progressive, sections of the Mexican society and – without anyone having seen the movie in question – New Order was dismissed … Continue reading New Order (2020)

Sound of Metal (2019)

A lot has been said about Sound of Metal. It’s been hailed for its true-to-life, inventive and immersive approach at bringing the viewer into the world those hard of hearing know as normality. It has been also remarked extensively on the film’s star, Riz Ahmed, who gave it his all in portraying Ruben, a drummer who one day … Continue reading Sound of Metal (2019)


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