Ever since The Force Awakens entered pre-production, I've been something of a cynic towards it. It is, after all, unanimously agreed across the galaxy that the most recent entries in the series - George Lucas' 'prequel trilogy' - are terrible. Not just terrible by the standards of the original trilogy, but terrible by anyone's standards. So, why would this be any different? Why the hype?
Admittedly, as cast and crew were announced, there were reasons to expect that the seventh…
Just as I was thinking that Pixar's best work was behind them, they produce what must surely go down as their best film yet - Inside Out. Directors and co-writers Pete Docter and Ronnie del Carmen take us inside the head of Riley, an 11 year old girl who has just moved with her parents from Minnesota to San Francisco. There, we meet a cast of characters including Joy, Sadness, Fear, Anger and Disgust and what ensues is nothing short…
A magnificent achievement, A Brighter Summer Day is a near four-hour novelistic film set in 1960s Taiwan. Xiao Si'r (played by Chen Chang in his debut role) is a member of a local gang in turmoil due to the disappearance of its leader, Bunny - whose girlfriend Si'r gets involved with. As a study of tensions within gangs, it rivals Francis Ford Coppola's The Godfather but - based on a real, tragic event - it's a wholly different film that…
A film that should be mentioned in the same breath as Orson Welles's The Magnificent Ambersons and Satyajit Ray's later The Music Room, Kozaburo Yoshimura's The Ball at the Anjo House is one of the greatest films to come out of 40s Japan. Scripted by the great Kaneto Shindo, and featuring some stellar performances, the film is a sublime, stately depiction of the change in social structure that resulted from defeat and subsequent American occupation.