Blancanieves (Pablo Berger, 2013). Like The Artist, this is set at a key moment in cinema history, although with a much greater sense of film literacy (if the still above doesn’t suggest Sunrise …). Yet Pablo Berger’s approach is romantic and never academic. Snow White is now a female bull fighter – believe me, it works.
June 21, 2014
Philomena (Stephen Frears, 2013). Despite the journalism clichés, this is actually a story about the triumph of journalism. With Frears in charge, all potential for satire is contained and any outrage is barely perceptible. I could have done with a little of the latter. Incredible story, either way: you wouldn’t believe a word of it if it wasn’t true.
June 13, 2014
June 7, 2014
Fruitvale Station (Ryan Coogler, 2013). Arguably, this is new black cinema that is historically conscious of other new black cinemas, meaning that it has the focused anger and tragic sense of Do the Right Thing and Boyz N the Hood a generation ago and the social realism of Killer of Sheep a generation before that. I don’t even mind the narrative inventions or persuasions. Under the circumstances, how can you?