May 2015

Review of GEMMA BOVERY

by Simon on May 26, 2015 · 0 comments

Many literary critics believe Madame Bovary to be one of the greatest novels ever written. This film – based on a graphic novel that was inspired by Flaubert’s work – can’t be given the same standard of praise. It’s a rather dull and dated affair, sugar coated by the beauty of the landscape and the beauty of Gemma Arterton who plays the title role – a young English woman who, like Flaubert’s protagonist, lolls around Normandy in search of luxury.
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Review of MAD MAX: FURY ROAD

by Simon on May 22, 2015 · 0 comments

We need to talk about Max.

After 30 thirty years (is it really that long ago?) he’s back. But actually he’s not. The film franchise may be named after him, but in MAD MAX: FURY ROAD – the fourth road trip in Postapocalyptica – the eponymous road warrior is even more mysterious than ever. Absent, one may even say. Hardy as hardly Max. Hardly there, hardly a word, hardly a hero. But let’s start at the beginning. [click to continue…]

Interview with Francois Ozon

by Simon on May 12, 2015 · 0 comments

Within moments from the start of Francois Ozon’s latest film The New Girlfriend, you get the distinct feeling you’re watching a fairytale. There’s a strange cleanliness about the production design, a smoothness of the camerawork, a heightened sensibility in the film’s score. But underneath this strange world of middle-class fantasy there’s a darkness that’s suggested – a place where sexual desire lurks. And it’s here that Ozon wants to take his audience. For his idea of fun. [click to continue…]

Review of AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON

by Simon on May 9, 2015 · 1 comment

In the world of SciFi geekdom, Joss Whedon boasts an immaculate pedigree, having written Toy Story and developed the television series Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Angel and Firefly. With these under his belt, Marvel Studios put their superhero Avengers franchise in his hands a few years ago and like Rumplestiltskin, he has spun gold for them. This latest outing in the franchise sees his characters go up against a villain of their own making. [click to continue…]

Interview with JULIETTE BINOCHE

by Simon on May 2, 2015 · 0 comments

Juliette Binoche had a dream. She wanted to make a film about what she calls “the feminine”.  And The Clouds of Sils Maria, a complex tale of actresses and assistants, memory and moving on, is what emerged as a result of that dream. Chatting in a hotel room in her home town of Paris, she is warm and generous about how the film came to be made, how she approached her character, and what she thinks about some of the film’s richly layered meaning. [click to continue…]