Tilda Swinton will star in Joanna Hogg’s other upcoming film

For us here at LWLies HQ, one of the most hotly anticipated titles on the highly tentative calendar for 2021 is The Souvenir Part II, Joanna Hogg’s follow-up to her loosely autobiographical memoir of artistry and passion in her youth. But while Hogg’s fanbase (we prefer to be called Wild Hoggs) awaits the release of Read More

76 Days

This intimate documentary, shot during lockdown in Wuhan, measures the human cost of the coronavirus pandemic. Hao Wu and Weixi Chen’s affecting documentary 76 Days was filmed in local hospitals at the epicentre of the COVID-19 pandemic while Wuhan was still under citywide lockdown. It opens with a visceral sequence pieced together from various handheld Read More

Watch Symbiosis, an animated short film about sex and jealousy

The domino effect that forms human connections has never been more relevant in our coronavirus age, as droplets pass from person-to-person, linking us through an invisible chain. Symbiosis charts a different type of intimate relationship that can exist between otherwise strangers: sex with the same person. The film follows a nameless woman who realises that Read More

A new version of The Magnificent Ambersons restores Welles’ vision

At the tail end of last year, we published a ranking of every feature film directed by Orson Welles. Top of the pile was The Magnificent Ambersons, which tells the story of an aristocratic Midwestern family who struggle to maintain their lofty social position amid the rapid changes of the late 19th century. Yet despite Read More

Noah Baumbach will adapt White Noise with Adam Driver and Greta Gerwig

The prose of Don DeLillo, wrapped up in mental interiority and postmodern abstraction as it is, presents a lot of the same challenges inherent in adapting Thomas Pynchon. Accordingly, the two men don’t have much of a presence in the film world, with one major adaptation each from an ambitious auteur. (DeLillo has David Cronenber’s Read More

Away

This spellbinding and spiritual Latvian animation has parallels with Studio Ghibli’s The Red Turtle. It took Latvian animator Gints Zilbalodis three and a half years to write, produce, direct and score his spellbinding debut feature – and the finished product boasts a rare kind of magic. A boy wakes up hanging by a parachute from Read More

Darren Aronofsky’s next film stars Brendan Fraser as an obese recluse

It’s been a while since Darren Aronofsky‘s last feature, the hectic symbolist parable mother!, came to theaters and collected an F CinemaScore for bringing its dense obliqueness to mall cineplexes. That was 2017, and now the idiosyncratic auteur has announced his follow-up feature project, another exercise in the extreme and abstract. DiscussingFilm broke the news Read More

The drug war targets a star in The United States vs Billie Holiday

On 16 May, 1947, Billie Holiday was arrested in her own apartment on the charge of narcotic possession. It was the culmination of a federal sting preying upon her open-secret dependency on heroin, an operation made possible through unsavory subterfuge that involved an agent conducting a love affair of questionable ethics with the singer. This Read More

Danny Boyle will direct a TV miniseries about The Sex Pistols

“Ever get the feeling you’ve been cheated?” Those words, uttered by Sex Pistols frontman Johnny Rotten as he concluded his final show with soon-to-be-dead bandmate Sid Vicious, encapsulate a lifetime of regret and disappointment with the music industry and the complexes of fame. But for too long, Sex Pistols superfans have felt cheated in their Read More

MLK/FBI

Based on newly declassified transcripts, this documentary charts the US government’s harassment of the civil rights leader. In his thorough documentary, director Sam Pollard meticulously maps out the FBI’s conniving operation to destabilise the equality mission of Martin Luther King Jr. Made up predominantly of archive footage of Dr King’s rallies and various scanned documents, Read More

Why a David Bowie biopic will always be doomed to fail

In the opening scene of Stardust, Gabriel Range’s new David Bowie biopic, we witness a merging of two powerful pop culture images: Bowie (Johnny Flynn) as Major Tom and the black hole sequence from Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey. You’d expect such a pairing when watching a film about the early inspirations of a Read More

Watch Zendaya and John David Washington in the Malcolm & Marie trailer

Up to this point, Sam Levinson has seemed to belong to that recent class of accomplished TV showrunners unable to survive in the hostile environment of the movies. (See also: Noah Hawley, Sam Esmail, Dan Fogelman.) His big-screen debut Assassination Nation fizzled after its record-setting buy at Sundance, but with the success of HBO’s Euphoria Read More

Jessie Buckley is set to star in Alex Garland’s next film, Men

For a minute there, it seemed like Alex Garland might end up one of those promising cinematic talents lured to the wilds of TV by looser run times and lessened oversight. But the accomplished filmmaker behind the sci-fi standouts Ex Machina and Annihilation will follow up his polarizing small-screen series Devs with another feature project, Read More

Steven Soderbergh has shared his annual viewing log for 2020

A commonality among most of the great filmmakers is an appreciation for the medium extending into their own personal time, as they keep up with new releases and continue to school themselves on the classics. But no one maintains an eclectic, well-balanced viewing diet quite like Steven Soderbergh, who releases an annual day-by-day log of Read More

How we filmed Pieces of a Woman’s one-shot birth scene

Pieces of a Woman opens with a breathtaking 22-minute long take in which Vanessa Kirby’s character gives birth in real time. It’s an astonishing set-piece that stands out not just for its technical ingenuity, but for how it immerses us in this emotionally-charged situation. Director Kornél Mundruczó and cinematographer Benjamin Loeb trap us in the Read More

Pieces of a Woman

Kornél Mundruczó’s affecting drama follows a couple who experience the loss of their first child shortly after birth. Kornél Mundruczó’s drama, written by his partner and frequent collaborator Kata Wéber, focuses on an element of motherhood so rarely depicted on screen, it feels radical and devastating all at once. Expectant parents Martha Weiss (Vannessa Kirby) Read More

Fancy a week alone watching movies in a remote lighthouse?

Those untamed dark imaginations at the Göteborg Film Festival just can’t stop charting the outermost limits of sensation, at least where cinema is concerned. Around this time last year, in the blissful pre-pandemic months when confinement wasn’t such a constant horror, they offered a few attendees the chance to watch a movie while sealed in Read More

Know The Score: Open Mike Eagle on Punch-Drunk Love

Know The Score: Open Mike Eagle on Punch-Drunk Love The Chicago rapper describes the moment he fell in love with Jon Brion’s dreamlike score. In Paul Thomas Anderson’s 2002 film Punch-Drunk Love, Adam Sandler’s Barry Egan finds it difficult to express his true feelings. In order to fit in with society his fractured personality often Read More