Movie Diary 9/3/16

Carol (2015) – Where Far from Heaven begins in the branches of a tree, looking down on suburbia, Todd Haynes’ new film opens on a grate and moves up to take in the big city: it’s a chillier, more urban film. The change in tone reflects the different...

The Dressmaker

There’s no way to discuss The Dressmaker without getting into its twists and surprises. If you’re sensitive to spoilers and haven’t seen the movie, it might be best not to read this. Genre is a dead weight on most movies. Whether it’s tired...
Movie Diary 30/9/15

Movie Diary 30/9/15

Holy Motors (2012) – On one level, this is an actor’s life presented as a glamorous fantasy of mobility and transformation: Denis Lavant cruises the streets of Paris in a white stretch limo, a master of disguise and various styles of performance. He keeps a...

Movie Diary 22/6/15

Inside Out (2015) – In which Pete Docter combines the emotional punch of his celebrated life-spanning montage in Up with the multiple worlds of Wreck-It Ralph. It combines emotional acuity with a headlong sense of invention: once Joy (Amy Poehler, in what is basically...
Movie Diary 28/5/15

Movie Diary 28/5/15

Birdman (2014) – A superhero is an apt metaphor for a Norman Mailer-type male artist obsessed with potency and his sense of himself as exceptional. Alejandro González Iñárritu and his co-writers find a host of meanings in Michael Keaton’s masked alter-ego, from...