Borat: Subsequent Moviefilm

Sacha Baron Cohen’s calamity-prone Kazakh reporter takes dead-aim at US conservatism in this rip-snorting sequel. Like Hemingway before him, Borat Sagdiyev has returned to America to find a nation changed. Sacha Baron Cohen saw fit to revive his most inspired comic creation, the calamity-prone Kazakh reporter with a taste for revealing swimwear and convivial anti-Semitism, Read More

Ardbeg & LWLies Present: The B-Movie Monsters That Time Forgot!

In 1950s Hollywood, horror movies all but turned their back on the genre’s classic Gothic creations. Instead of Dracula and Frankenstein’s Monster came new nightmares for the modern Atomic Age – in all manner of strange shapes and sizes. In The B-Movie Monsters That Time Forgot!, Leigh Singer explores the weird and wonderful creature features Read More

The Secret Garden

Dixie Egerickx outshines her adult co-stars in this pleasant adaptation of Frances Hodgson Burnett’s novel. Marc Munden’s The Secret Garden, an adaptation of Frances Hodgson Burnett’s 1911 novel of the same name, is beautiful to look at. But while the film will charm your senses it won’t necessarily captivate your soul. One evening during the Read More

William Greaves’ Nationtime and the Black National Convention of 2020

Between 10-12 March, 1972, Mayor Richard Hatcher hosted the National Black Political Convention in, not a convention centre in “progressive” cities like New York or Los Angeles, but a high school gymnasium in the “smokestack city” of Gary, Indiana. At the time, he and Carl Stokes were the only Black Mayors of cities with population Read More

Sope Dìrísù: ‘Fear is a very difficult sensation to replicate’

Sope Dìrísù: ‘Fear is a very difficult sensation to replicate’ A decade of hard graft across stage, screen and TV has resulted in a bone-rattling lead turn in political horror, His House. You’ll have probably seen the actor Sope Dìrísù in something, as he’s cropped up here, there and everywhere across the last decade. His Read More

Transgressive femininity in Alfred Hitchcock’s Rebecca

Alfred Hitchcock was obsessed with the state of womanhood. His preoccupation with beautiful, blonde leading ladies became a trademark, yet these casting choices ran deeper than good looks. His filmography reads as a man desperately trying to unlock the mystery of women. Hitchcock was definitely not a feminist, but to write off his work as Read More

African Apocalypse and the painful legacy of ‘Heart of Darkness’

African Apocalypse and the painful legacy of ‘Heart of Darkness’ A new documentary gives a voice to the silenced natives in Joseph Conrad’s colonialist novel. Joseph Conrad’s ‘Heart of Darkness’ is perhaps the best known and most widely debated novel about colonialism. The story follows the protagonist Marlow’s journey from London, the great imperial capital, Read More

Check out these postcards inspired by the art of Hilma af Klint

Like so many female artists of her generation, Swedish trailblazer Hilma af Klint was misjudged and largely ignored by the mainstream art establishment. Thankfully her legacy has now been reclaimed by a brilliant documentary called Beyond the Visible, which is out now via Modern Films. To celebrate the film’s release, we set a creative brief Read More

Bill Nighy will lead an English-language reworking of Akira Kurosawa’s Ikiru

Smack dab in the prime of his career, the peerless Akira Kurosawa made the elegiac sort of masterpiece most artists save for their twilight years. Ikiru follows aging bureaucrat Kanji (played indelibly by Takashi Shimura) as he learns that he has life-threatening cancer on the eve of his retirement, leaving the man existentially adrift, in Read More

Totally Under Control

The Trump administration’s catastrophic response to COVID-19 is laid bare in Alex Gibney’s timely exposé. Made in secret and with the utmost urgency, Totally Under Control sees Alex Gibney and co-directors Suzanne Hillinger and Ophelia Harunthanyan investigate America’s disastrous handling of the COVID-19 pandemic, which Donald Trump referred to on 28 February as a “hoax”. Read More

Dev Patel is starring in a film about the male striptease troupe Chippendales

Like so many elements of the all-male exotic dance revue Chippendales, the road to production on the film about it has been long and hard. A dramatization of the stripping empire’s unsavory founding has been languishing in development hell for no less than two decades as attached talent came and went, but it looks like Read More

The Other Lamb

Excessive violence against women and animals sours Małgorzata Szumowska’s faux-feminist horror fable. When The Other Lamb screened at the 2019 San Sebastián Film Festival, there was a young woman who watched the whole film through the lens of her iPhone. She wasn’t recording, just posting stills decorated with ‘OMG’ and ‘WOW’ on social media. Normally Read More

Park Chan-wook has begun work on his next film, a romantic murder mystery

As of late, Park Chan-wook has been zig-zagging between the West and his native Korea with each successive project. He first headed to America in 2013 for the English-language thriller Stoker, then returned to Korea in 2016 for The Handmaiden, then all around the globe for the BBC-produced miniseries The Little Drummer Girl – and Read More