A new retrospective reveals the wonders of classic Chinese animation

The Shanghai Animation Film Studio was a vital part of China’s animation industry, both in terms of forming national styles as well as creating international interest in the country’s contributions to the medium. An online Chinese film season, running until 12 May, boasts an exciting selection of shorts and features from the studio’s history; predominantly Read More

Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy – first-look review

Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy – first-look review Ryûsuke Hamaguchi returns with another female-oriented drama about the intricacies of everyday human dynamics. The international festival circuit took some time to catch on to Japanese filmmaker Ryûsuke Hamaguchi. His first few features mostly played domestic festivals until Happy Hour, an ambitious drama about four middle-class women Read More

Ridley Scott eyes Jodie Comer for the female lead in his Napoleon epic

Ridley Scott currently has a lot of irons in the fire. He’s putting the finishing touches on his period epic set in 14th-century France, deep into shooting on his drama about the killing of Gucci with Lady Gaga, batting around ideas for sequels to Gladiator and Alien: Covenant, and attached to a barely-existent espionage picture Read More

Tides – first-look review

Tides – first-look review Tim Fehlbaum’s effective if overfamiliar sci-fi sees an astronaut become shipwrecked on a desolate Earth. A German-Swiss co-production with Roland Emmerich among its executive producers, Tides is an atmospheric sci-fi anchored by an engaging performance from Nora Arnezeder. Although computer-generated vistas are employed for the presentation of a dystopian Earth, Tim Read More

Why I love Jean Harlow’s performance in Wife vs Secretary

Jean Harlow’s mystique exists in the sweet spot between glamorous and salacious. Her legacy is that of the original Hollywood bombshell, arousing images of statement eyebrows framed by perfect curls and satin gowns cut perilously close to the navel. But it is also the kind where success is flanked by tragedy, cemented by her untimely Read More

Bad Luck Banging or Loony Porn – first-look review

Bad Luck Banging or Loony Porn – first-look review A leaked sex tape threatens the career of a school teacher in Radu Jude’s wry social commentary. Bad Luck Banging or Loony Porn is the latest feature from Romanian filmmaker and Berlin Film Festival regular Radu Jude. With an outlandish premise and formal absurdities to match Read More

Memory Box – first-look review

Memory Box – first-look review Three women learn to reconcile the past in this moving drama from Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige. Freely adapted from director Joana Hadjithomas’ account of coming of age in 1980s Beirut, this affecting drama tackles intergenerational trauma while espousing the value of preserving the past for future generations. In present Read More

The Most Beautiful Boy in the World and the dark legacy of Death in Venice

It was in London on 1 March, 1971, at the world premiere of Death in Venice, when Luchino Visconti first branded 16-year-old Björn Andrésen “the most beautiful boy in the world”. Inebriated by the attention, the boisterous director paraded the young Swedish boy among royals and celebrities as if the coy creature standing by his Read More

Steven Soderbergh has set another film at HBO Max, with Zoë Kravitz starring

No rest for the wicked, a category that evidently includes the never-tiring Steven Soderbergh, who’s killing time while waiting for his next movie to come out by beginning work on his next next movie. We’re all eagerly anticipating the release of the period-piece action picture No Sudden Move on HBO Max, but he’s already making some sudden Read More

Pixar weaves a fantasy of Italian mer-boys in the first Luca trailer

For Pixar, the release-schedule logjam caused by the disruptive, destructive force of the pandemic has now created a period of unusually prolific output. Onward debuted to lukewarm notices last spring, the more ambitious and well-liked Soul came online two short months ago, and we’re already less than four months out from their next original release. Read More

Creation Stories – first-look review

Creation Stories – first-look review This muddled biopic of music industry figurehead Alan McGee features some truly disastrous cameo appearances. The spirit of executive producer Danny Boyle looms large over Creation Stories, a biopic of Scottish businessman Alan McGee, whose influential Creation Records label launched such acts as Primal Scream, My Bloody Valentine and Oasis. Read More

David Fincher will adapt French graphic novel ‘The Killer’ for his next film

Despite some polarized reviews for Mank, Netflix-Fincher relations remain stable and amicable. Though the accomplished filmmaker still has an awards season in front of him to get through, he’s started work on a new feature, another collaboration with the streaming mega-studio and a return to his home-turf genre. Deadline reports that David Fincher’s next film Read More