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Raindance Film Festival: Oh Lucy!

Oh Lucy!

Oh Lucy! Directed by Atsuko Hirayanagi Starring Shinobu Terajima, Kaho Minami, Josh Hartnett, Shioli Kutsuna and Koji Yakusho Screening at Raindance September 20th, 27th, 2017 by Joanna Orland Atsuko Hirayanagi first told the story of Oh Lucy! in her 2014 award-winning short film of the same name. Expanded into feature length, the film is a […]

On Body and Soul

On Body and Soul

On Body and Soul Directed by Ildikó Enyedi Starring Alexandra Borbély, Géza Morcsányi, Réka Tenki, Zoltán Schneider, Ervin Nagy, Itala Békés, Éva Bata, Pál Mácsai, Zsuzsa Járó and Nóra Rainer-Micsinyei In UK Cinemas September 22nd, 2017 by Joanna Orland An exploration of dreams and what it is to have a body and a soul, Ildikó […]

74th Venice Film Festival

74th Venice Film Festival La Biennale di Venezia 30 Aug 2017 – 9 Sep 2017 Venice, Lido by Joanna Orland and Richard Hamer The 2017 Venice Film Festival brought world famous movie stars, auteur directors and outstanding innovation to the Lido di Venezia. Alongside showcasing a handful of the best upcoming films, this year’s Biennale […]

Venice Film Festival: Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri Venezia 74 Directed by Martin McDonagh Starring Frances McDormand, Woody Harrelson, Sam Rockwell, Abbie Cornish, John Hawkes, Caleb Landry Jones and Peter Dinklage by Joanna Orland Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri is by far Martin McDonagh’s finest film. It retains McDonagh’s classically cutting dialogue, but has a maturity about it […]

Venice Film Festival: The Third Murder (Sandome No Satsujin)

Sandome No Satsujin (The Third Murder)

The Third Murder (Sandome No Satsujin) Venezia 74 Directed by Kore-eda Hirokazu Starring Fukuyama Masaharu, Yakusho Kōji and Hirose Suzu by Richard Hamer This is director Hirokazu Koreeada’s 12th feature film, but his first foray into the crime genre. While The Third Murder is not without issues in pacing and dialogue, it is still an […]

Venice Film Festival: mother!

mother!

mother! Venezia 74 Directed by Darren Aronofsky Starring Jennifer Lawrence, Javier Bardem, Michelle Pfeiffer, Domhnall Gleeson and Ed Harris by Joanna Orland Is mother! Darren Aronofsky’s worst film to date? (No, but it’s a close second.) In what can only be described as pretentious nonsense (and that is putting it kindly), mother! is an abstract […]

Venice Film Festival: Michael Jackson’s Thriller 3D & Making of Michael Jackson’s Thriller

Michael Jackson's Thriller 3D

Michael Jackson’s Thriller 3D by John Landis Making of Michael Jackson’s Thriller by Jerry Kramer Out of Competition by Joanna Orland Michael Jackson’s Thriller 3D has made its world premiere at the 74th Venice Film Festival. Using the original 35mm film negative, the film was neither reedited nor recut – original Thriller director John Landis […]

Venice Film Festival: Brawl in Cell Block 99

Brawl in Cell Block 99

Brawl in Cell Block 99 Out of Competition Directed by S. Craig Zahler Starring Vince Vaughn, Jennifer Carpenter, Don Johnson, Marc Blucas, Udo Kier and Fred Melamed by Richard Hamer At first, I thought that Brawl in Cell Block 99 didn’t have enough brawls. Or if there were enough brawls – and don’t get me […]

Venice Film Festival: The Leisure Seeker

The Leisure Seeker

The Leisure Seeker Venezia 74 Directed by Paolo Virzì Starring Helen Mirren and Donald Sutherland by Joanna Orland Fine performances can’t fully save The Leisure Seeker from its own mediocrity, but they certainly do try. Ella and John Spencer (Mirren and Sutherland) are an elderly couple on the run from their own children, in order […]

Venice Film Festival: Suburbicon

Suburbicon

Suburbicon Venezia 74 Written by Joel & Ethan Coen, George Clooney and Grant Heslov Directed by George Clooney Starring Matt Damon, Julianne Moore, Noah Jupe and Oscar Isaac by Richard Hamer My opinion of Suburbicon solidified after reading that the Coen Brothers originally wrote the script in 1986, right after their debut feature Blood Simple. […]