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  • Piaffe



    Belatedly got round to doing my top ten of the year, which you can read here. Wanted to highlight Piaffe especially, as it's the only film on the list without a proper release yet — as well as one of the most exciting debuts I've seen in ages.


    In the debut feature from visual artist Ann Oren, introverted protagonist Eva (Simone Bucio) is roped into working as a foley artist on a commercial for a dubious mood stabiliser; her…

  • Aftersun



    Young dad Calum (Paul Mescal) is tucking his 11-year-old daughter Sophie (Frankie Corio) into bed; they’ve just arrived at a Brit-crammed Turkish holiday resort, and Sophie is presumably knackered. As she lies asleep in the foreground, he sneaks out for late-night cigarette on the balcony. In one long, slow shot, the camera closes in on Calum, his back to us. He lights up, takes a few drags, and then begins to sway dreamily from side to side. Is he practicing…

Recent reviews

  • PlayTime



    Tati’s prescient portrait of a superficial, homogeneous world of mannequin people that only comedy — boisterous, anarchic comedy — is able to inject some life back into. Most of all, made me think of Fredric Jameson’s writing about the “bewildering new world space of late or multinational capital” — “bewildering” being the operative word with regard to Monsieur Hulot’s experience of the various non-places he stumbles between. The spaces in this film are often baffling, literally impossible to orient oneself…

  • Counterfeit Poast

    Counterfeit Poast

    Naturally, some of the short tales work better than others — the one about a boy who believes himself to be a walrus exemplifies Rafman’s phobic approach to bodies and their capacity for transformation — but even when Rafman’s musings on internet and identity are at their laziest the accompanying AI-generated chaos keeps things compulsively watchable. When the episodes do work, they are both wickedly funny and oddly moving; especially brilliant is the paranoid man who mistakes his wife’s affection for that of an FBI agent.

Popular reviews

  • About Time

    About Time

    Bill Nighy: You see, son, all the men in our family have the ability to time travel.
    Domhnall Gleeson: What? What about the women??
    Bill Nighy: *chuckling softly* oh no son, that would give them narrative agency! Anyway have fun using your powers to get away with being a total arsehole, stalking and manipulating women while you craft yourself a perfect life formed on the basis of exploitation and lies!!

  • Belle



    The best I can say for Belle is that the film’s emotional beats are clearly hugely felt by the filmmakers, and in moments this can’t help but be infectious. And there’s a staggering sense of depth to the opening images that crops up in a few other scenes and makes for some spectacular imagery. But this doesn’t cohere into anything resembling a compelling narrative — especially when the film, in a bizarre detour, sets up this mystery around the identity…