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Not quite dreaming the dream: Les Mis

Not quite dreaming the dream: Les Mis

From French novel to West End and Broadway musical, Les Misérables has now journeyed onto British film. Set during the French revolution Les Mis tells the story of a peasant, named Jean Valjean (Hugh Jackman), who serves a 19 year sentence as a slave after stealing a loaf of bread for his sister’s starving child. … Continue reading

Storytelling from Taiwan: Ang Lee’s Life of Pi

Storytelling from Taiwan: Ang Lee’s Life of Pi

Having relocated to the north-east coast of Taiwan only a matter of weeks ago, my partner and I ventured out to the cinemas of Taiwan for the first time. With some shoddy directions we stumbled down a dead-end road where five Taiwanese children were out playing on the street. After giggling at our white faces, … Continue reading

Trailer reel trumps Skyfall

Trailer reel trumps Skyfall

Finally trundled into my lame local Vue to see Skyfall this evening, which was long-winded and tense. I was also disappointed that the sky didn’t literally shatter and fall in. That aside, I nearly orgasmed at the trailer reel for the winter cinema season: The Hobbit  (13th December) !!! Life of Pi  (14th December) Django … Continue reading

I wish I had a Warp Films mug…

I wish I had a Warp Films mug…

Having professed my love of home-grown British film at any relevant – or irrelevant – given moment, labelled myself as a ‘Shane Meadows fan-girl’ and babbled on outrageously about This is England in my uni dissertation, I feel predisposed to celebrating the 10-year existence of Warp Films. Since producing their first feature, Meadows’ Dead Man’s … Continue reading

Perverse desires & latent fantasies: Ozon’s In the House

Perverse desires & latent fantasies: Ozon’s In the House

Pivoting around that old archetypal ‘Mrs Robinson’ gem, Ozon’s In the House is a transgressive landslide of characters’ perverse desires and latent fantasies – or should that be the other way round? Germain (Fabrice Luchini), a failed novelist who finds himself teaching creative writing, becomes enraptured with the soap-opera style story of his sixteen year-old … Continue reading

Review: The Bird – Yves Caumon

Review: The Bird – Yves Caumon

French-language film The Bird is a small, arty production that focuses on the life of Anne, who lives a fairly non-existent life in a small deteriorating apartment. Sandrine Kiberlain’s lithe figure and lonely eyes produce a mesmerising performance as Anne, creating a character with stares as aimless as her wandering, and a drifting, innocuous presence. … Continue reading