Been on this website a long time and therefore cannot be held responsible for shit opinions I had when I was 15.
Glad I finally got to see this on a big screen, projected on 35mm. Realised I haven't seen it for about nine years, and it's only now that I realise I basically used to have no idea what was going on.
It is, obviously, amazing; meticulously made and much more tightly plotted than I ever gave it credit for as a precocious teenager. If it's not my favourite Anderson film, it's partly because it's not an easy film to warm…
Like this less the more I think about it. It looks gorgeous, the performances are strong and I love a score by Nick Cave and Warren Ellis. But it was hard to shake off the feeling that the film was guilty of all the obsession, voyeurism and exploitation it was ostensibly condemning. At nearly three hours, its carousel of ick ended up less shocking than boring; like a teenage boy trying to show you how edgy he is.
I have a personal anecdote to start my review of Before I Go To Sleep. Almost two years ago, not long after I turned 14, the casting director Nina Gold visited my school to audition some of the younger students for the new Paddington film. Whilst there, she asked one of the drama teachers if he knew anyone who would be suitable for a small role in the adaptation of S.J. Watson's novel Before I Go To Sleep. Very kindly,…
On paper, Die Welle seems like the kind of film you would expect Michael Haneke to make; an allegorical story with an important socio-political message that can feel like a lecture in the way it is told. As anyone who has watched - nay, endured - Funny Games will know, his work can often feel punitive, as if the viewer is being reprimanded for doing something wrong. Now, I happen to think that despite being incredibly unlikeable, Funny Games is…