Shirin

Shirin (2009)

First published by Little White Lies Sometimes a film’s central conceit can be far more interesting than the film itself. In Abbas Kiarostami’s Shirin, the big idea is to show not a piece of conventional narrative cinema, but rather the faces of an ensemble of Iranian actresses (and Juliette Binoche) as they watch such a…

five

Five Dedicated to Ozu (2003)

Five Dedicated to Ozu first published (in 2003) by Movie Gazette – and my first dip into the oeuvre of the late Abbas Kiarostami… When MTV arrived in the 1980s, it heralded a whole new way of presenting images. The station’s in-house style – a hyperactive succession of chopped up visual stimuli designed to bludgeon into submission even…