Film Reviews · Newcastle and North East · UK Politics

I, Daniel Blake (Ken Loach, 2016)

Ken Loach’s Palme D’or-winning I, Daniel Blake is a work of direct political activism. It seeks to invalidate a certain streak of contemporary understanding – that the recipients of social security are scroungers and benefit cheats – and moves to argue that it is the system not the people embroiled within it that is morally… Continue reading I, Daniel Blake (Ken Loach, 2016)

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Victoria and the Virtues of the Long Take

  Before I watched Victoria (Sebastian Schipper, 2015), I had a quick look at its publicity. The poster and trailer emphasise both its tag line ‘One City. One Night. One Take’ and critical infatuation with its considerable technical achievement: the single 134-minute take which encompasses the entirety of the film’s action and its running time.… Continue reading Victoria and the Virtues of the Long Take

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The Assassin (Hou Hsiao-Hsien) and Youth (Paolo Sorrentino)

Hou Hsiao-Hsien is one of those legendary names cinephiles have come to know as one of the world’s greatest contemporary directors, most likely without ever seeing one of his films. He is written about in such glowing terms that it is near certain that he will be remembered in the pantheon alongside Yasujirō Ozu, the… Continue reading The Assassin (Hou Hsiao-Hsien) and Youth (Paolo Sorrentino)

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Mia Madre (Nanni Moretti, 2015) and Life (Anton Corbijn, 2015)

It is not a secret on this blog that I am a fan of Italian films, and may be slightly biased in favour of them (see Summer Film Viewing for my appraisal of a film which may not be the best of the bunch but for some reason appears as such to my eyes), so… Continue reading Mia Madre (Nanni Moretti, 2015) and Life (Anton Corbijn, 2015)

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Clouds of Sils Maria (Olivier Assayas, 2014) and Timbuktu (Abderrahmane Sissako, 2014)

Yesterday I watched two films that upon reflection could not appear less alike. Since the reviews and essays on Abderrahmane Sissako’s Timbuktu began emanating out of Cannes last year, I have been very excited about this film – if anyone asked me what I was most looking forward to in the coming months, the majority… Continue reading Clouds of Sils Maria (Olivier Assayas, 2014) and Timbuktu (Abderrahmane Sissako, 2014)