Tony Takitani

Tony Takitani (2004)

Tony Takitani first published by Film4 in 2004 Summary: Issei Ogata finds loneliness, love, loss, and then loneliness again, in Jun Ichikawa’s stylish adaptation of a Haruki Murakami short story.  Review: In the writings of Haruki Murakami, style is every bit as important as content. The events may be somewhat surreal, the characters eccentric, but the prose…

Foresight

Film4 Foresight Shorts (2021)

Film4 Foresight Shorts first published by SIght & Sound, December 2021 There are notable exceptions to be found in, for example, the Afrofuturist movement, but science fiction has predominantly been a white genre. Film4’s Foresight sets out to redress the imbalance by offering five short British sci-fi films which have been made by black and…

Them (Ils)

Them (Ils) (2006)

Them (Ils) first published by Film4 Summary: David Moreau and Xavier Palud’s bare-bones feature debut makes the whole slash-and-dash genre look like child’s play. Review: After their car breaks down at night in the middle of nowhere, a bickering mother and daughter are picked off one after the other by unseen assailants. While Them (Ils) may open…

The Class

The Class (Entre les murs) (2008)

The Class (Entre les murs) first published by Film4 Summary:  In Laurent Cantet’s Palme d’Or winning drama, a Parisian teacher is constantly challenged by his multi-cultural class.    Review:  From Stand and Deliver (1988) to Dead Poets Society (1989) to Dangerous Minds (1995), the classrooms of the Hollywood mainstream have typically been ruled by lone…

Hierro

Hierro (2009)

Hierro first published by Film4 Summary: In Gabe Ibáñez’s thrilling feature debut, a desperate mother (or two) findx the real, the psychological and the supernatural all washing up at the edge of the world. Review: Lying in the Atlantic off the coast of Africa and used for many centuries to mark the prime meridian on maps, El…

The Man From London

The Man From London (A Londoni Férfi) (2007)

The Man From London (A Londoni Férfi) first published by Film4 Summary: Hungarian auteurist couple Béla Tarr and Ágnes Hranitzky fill their spare waterfront noir with the shadowy morality of crime and punishment.    Review: “Don’t follow me too soon… Wait a good two minutes.” These are the first words heard in Béla Tarr and Ágnes Hranitzky’s…

Beaufort

Beaufort (2007)

Beaufort first published by Film4 Summary: Josef Cedar’s film uses the grunts’ prespective to dramatise Israel’s difficult 2000 decision to abandon a long-held outpost in Lebanon.  Review: Masada has etched itself deeply into the Israeli psyche. Under siege in this mountain fortress during the first century C.E., every last Jewish man, woman and child committed collective suicide…

[Rec]2

[Rec]2 (aka Rec 2) (2009)

[Rec]2 first published by Film4 Summary: Jaume Balagueró and Paco Plaza return to direct this nerve-shredding sequel to Rec (and its quickie US remake Quarantine), further documenting the twists and turns of an unfolding demonic apocalypse.   Review: The original Rec (2007), with its terrifying tale of resident evil in a Barcelona apartment building, may have…

Gandahar

Gandahar (aka Light Years) (1988)

Gandahar (aka Light Years) first published by Film4 Summary: René Laloux’s third and final feature is a time-travelling science fantasy with a lot of brain to match its bizarreness. Review: If René Laloux will always be best known for his feature debut Fantastic Planet (1973), his final feature Gandahar (1988) – also known as Light Years1Gandahar was…

Les Maîtres du Temps

Les Maîtres du Temps (Time Masters) (1982)

Les Maîtres du Temps (Time Masters) first published by Film4 Summary: René Laloux and Jean ‘Moebius’ Giraud animate this episodic SF rescue story for children.  Review: “To get to Perdide, we’ll have to land on Devil’s Ball, and then go to Gamma 10. We’ll have to wait for the passage of the Blue Comet. By keeping within…

The Killing Of John Lennon

The Killing of John Lennon (2006)

The Killing of John Lennon first published by Film4 Summary: For his third feature, British bio director Andrew Piddington takes on the simultaneous fall and rise of John Lennon’s murderer, Mark David Chapman. Newcomer Jonas Ball stars. Review: Every age has had its deranged killers, and every deranged killer reflects his age. Mark David Chapman is no…