Dune (2021) – A World Beyond Our Experience, Beyond Our Imagination

When it was announced that Denis Villeneuve was going to direct a new adaptation of Frank Herbert’s classic and foundational science fiction opus Dune, I remember jumping in excitement, if not physically in spirit. I couldn’t dream of a better or more perfect match between filmmaker and source material. Even if I hadn’t read theContinue reading “Dune (2021) – A World Beyond Our Experience, Beyond Our Imagination”

Show Me Cinema #28: Scenes from a Marriage

Alas, the creative bankruptcy of contemporary American cinema has reached the small-screen as well. In the last couple of years we’ve seen old tv shows revived, Twin Peaks, The X-Files and MacGyver have all returned to varying results in vastly different formats to our small screens. The idiot box, which for many years has beenContinue reading “Show Me Cinema #28: Scenes from a Marriage”

Show Me Cinema #27: ABBA: the Movie

I don’t really think ABBA needs much of an introduction. Even if you’re not a big fan or not overly familiar with them, their fingerprints are all over pop culture and music today it’s almost impossible to miss them. Ever since breaking out internationally in 1974 when they won Eurovision Song Contest with their songContinue reading “Show Me Cinema #27: ABBA: the Movie”

Wrath of Man (2021) – The Good Guy (Ritchie)

Guy Ritchie for me is not so much a hit-and-miss filmmaker as he has a hit-and-miss style. His background in directing music videos and commercials has been instrumental and key to Ritchie’s entire approach to the medium of film much like other directors who got their start making videos like David Fincher, Michael Bay, SpikeContinue reading “Wrath of Man (2021) – The Good Guy (Ritchie)”

Show Me Cinema #25: The Wings & Michael

Still from Michael (1924) Even if Pride Month is almost over, it seems like a good idea to discuss a movie for the occasion, a little bit of striking whilst the iron is hot. So then the question becomes, what movie should I discuss? I’ve already covered Lukas Moodysson’s Fucking Åmål and Levan Akin’s AndContinue reading “Show Me Cinema #25: The Wings & Michael”

Show Me Cinema #24: Summer Interlude

The filmography of Ingmar Bergman could very easily be divided into several different phases and periods in which he operated. Most people are primarily familiar with his work from the mid-1950s onwards, fair as it consists of most of the films he’s today known for. His early work is often dismissed or forgotten, sometimes byContinue reading “Show Me Cinema #24: Summer Interlude”

Illang: The Wolf Brigade (2018) – A Frustratingly Confusing Backfire from Kim Jee-woon

There are certain movies known for having notoriously complicated plots and stories that especially on first viewing are sometimes mind-numbing and are often subject to criticism from critics when they appear. I’m thinking of films like The Big Lebowski, Miami Vice and hell even the first Mission: Impossible. What these films have in common, atContinue reading “Illang: The Wolf Brigade (2018) – A Frustratingly Confusing Backfire from Kim Jee-woon”

Show Me Cinema #23: Raven’s End

Since starting the website and this very column, the two film directors I’ve covered the most have probably been Ingmar Bergman and Bo Widerberg. Whilst most people know about Bergman and his life many people (and when I say people I mean people who don’t live in Sweden but here too probably) may not knowContinue reading “Show Me Cinema #23: Raven’s End”

The Woman in the Window (2021) – The Poor Man’s Fincher doing the Poor Man’s Hitchcock

Joe Wright is supposed to be a fine director if one goes according to some of my mutuals on Film Twitter. His films Pride and Prejudice and Atonement are frequently discussed on the tl, be it in regards to their painterly cinematography, their performances or just making people horny for hot people or whatever. AlthoughContinue reading “The Woman in the Window (2021) – The Poor Man’s Fincher doing the Poor Man’s Hitchcock”