Pickpocket

Pickpocket (1959)

Pickpocket first published by Movie Gazette, 25 April 2005 Solitary misfit Michel (Martin Lasalle) has decided to try his hand at picking pockets, but gets caught after his very first attempt – only to be released by the chief inspector (Jean Pelegri) for lack of evidence. Reluctant to visit his dying mother despite the encouragement…

Grey

The Grey (2011)

The Grey first published by Film4 Summary: Joe Carnahan’s fifth feature is a snowy Nietzschean bleakfest of man facing off against beast, God and mortality.    Review: “A job at the end of the world.”  That’s how, in the opening sequence of The Grey, Ottway (Liam Neeson) describes his work as a sharpshooter at a remote Alaskan…

Blacktop

Two-Lane Blacktop (1971)

Two-Lane Blacktop first published by Little White Lies “Just passin’ through,” is how they describe themselves, their existence, and their general trajectory.  In a customised 1955 Chevrolet as stripped-down, well-tooled and finely tuned as Monte Hellman’s film, two taciturn, plain-dressed, anonymous young men – dubbed The Driver and The Mechanic in the closing credits, and…

Revolver

Revolver (2005)

Revolver first published by EyeforFilm, 19 May 2006 strap: Guy Ritchie’s Revolver resets the board of the gangster flick as both existential chess game and psychological/philosophical conundrum Like the main characters of his most recent film Revolver, it seems that Guy Ritchie is destined to be his own worst enemy. He exploded onto the scene…

Cercle

Le Cercle Rouge (1970)

Le Cercle Rouge first published by Movie Gazette The French auteur Jean-Pierre Melville (1917-73) specialised in ‘policiers’, or crime films, tapping into a dark vein of pessimism which has always lain buried deep within classic American film noir, and refining it into an existentialist vision of the world and man’s place in it. Perhaps best…

Stroszek (1977)

First published by Movie Gazette Director Werner Herzog is renowned for introducing unconventional elements to his films which, far from being merely contrived gimmicks, coax out unexpected truths from his fiction. In Even Dwarves Started Small (1971), an all-dwarf cast underscores the childish behaviour of his adult characters. In Heart of Glass, the entire cast…

Dunes

Woman of the Dunes (1964)

Review first published by EyeforFilm Teshigahara Hiroshi’s Woman of the Dunes (Suna no onna) opens with the image of a strange crystal shape whose uneven enormity fills the entire screen, challenging viewers to identify what it is. The next, equally baffling shot, taken from further back, is of a pyramid-like pile of these alien rocks, still difficult…

The Deep (2013)

Review first published by Grolsch FilmWorks. “I’m going home,” declares Gulli  (Ólafur Darri Ólafsson) near the end of The Deep (Djúpið). One icy night, a fishing boat sinks three miles off the coast of Iceland’s Westman Islands. All aboard are killed except for Gulli, a gentle giant who swims for six long hours in subzero…