Denis Villeneuve on Dune

‘Embrace the desert’: Denis Villeneuve on Dune (2021)

‘Embrace the desert’: Denis Villeneuve on Dune (2021) first published by Little White Lies Denis Villeneuve loves a challenge. The Quebecois filmmaker has turned a horrific real-life misogynistic massacre – the sort of material that would normally yield only the lowest form of exploitation – into the sensitive Polytechnique (shot twice, in French- and English-language…

Polytechnique

Polytechnique (2009)

Polytechnique first published by Little White Lies, as the 117th entry in my Cinema Psychotronicum column In Canada, 1989 was a year that saw several victories for women’s rights and representation. On March 9th, the Supreme Court of Canada declared moot an appeal brought by anti-abortionist Joseph Borowski, and so in effect established a protection…

Sicario

Sicario (2015)

First published by Real Crime As text explains at the beginning of Denis Villeneuve’s latest film, the word ‘sicario’ is now used in Mexico to denote a ‘hitman’, but comes originally from the zealots of Jerusalem, murderously opposed to the “Romans who invaded their homeland.” Accordingly, Sicario opens with a different homeland under invasion, as…

Enemy

Enemy (2014)

Enemy first published by FilmLand Empire “Chaos is order yet undeciphered” reads text near the beginning of Denis Villeneuve’s Enemy, proclaiming the film’s status as a thorny puzzle in need of careful decoding. Enemy may be adapted from José Saramago’s 2002 novel The Double, but it is equally haunted by the spirits of Hegel, Lynch…