Archives for July 2013


Metro Manila

[Chocolate Frog Films]
Jake Macapagal, Althea Vega and John Arcilla
Directed by Sean Ellis

A Welshman directed a foreign-language cop drama (see our REVIEW of Gareth Evans’s "The Raid: Redemption”) in Jakarta, so why couldn't a Brit direct one in The Philippines? "Metro Manila," half-thriller, half-drama, delivers an elegant and astute finish that will have you cheering and clapping. But the ninety minutes that precede this are so bogged down with politically-correct clichés and ... more >

Blue is the Warmest Colour

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The Zero Theorem

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Sacro Gra

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The Happy Poet

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Biennale turns 70, selection unveiled

A bleak lineup this year, in line with world events

The Venice Biennale turns seventy this year. With the fest a month away the organizers announced the nineteen films that will be a part of the official selection. They include, "Gravity" with George Clooney and Sandra Bullock, which will open the festivities on August 28. Titles like "Tom à la ferme" by Xavier Dolan, "Ana Arabia" by Amos Gitai, "Child of God" by James Franco, "the Zero Theorem" ... more >

A French icon dies

Bernadette Lafont was the face of New Wave cinema

You've probably never heard of her but she is an essential part of cinema's history. Actress Bernadette Lafont died yesterday at the age of 74 after a long and fruitful career in the movies and the theater--all told, she appeared in 120 films and twenty-one plays. Lafont, an icon of the French New Wave movement and of feminism, distinguished herself through memorable roles such as that of ... more >