Denzel Washington and Frances McDormand in “The Tragedy of Macbeth,” premiering in select theatres on December 26 and globally on Apple TV+ on January 14, 2022.
Film Reviews

REVIEW: The Tragedy of Macbeth (2021)

After around thirty-five years of making films together, the Coen brothers have now branched off into their own solo projects. With The Tragedy of Macbeth, Joel Coen’s first venture as a solo director is a surprising one. A Shakespeare adaptation, filmed in stark, expressionistic black…

Interviews

INTERVIEW: ‘The Power Of The Dog’ Editor Peter Sciberras

After a decade away from filmmaking, New Zealand’s Jane Campion has returned with Netflix’s Western The Power of the Dog. The film stars Benedict Cumberbatch as Phil and examines his relationships with his brother George (Jesse Plemons), George’s new wife Rose (Kirsten Dunst) and Rose’s son…

TV Reviews

REVIEW: The Witcher (Season 2)

[This review contains spoilers] While many of us entered into the first season of The Witcher with trepidation, based on how successful an adaptation it could be of the Sapkowski book series and/or the beloved computer games, most of us were won over by the…

Film Reviews

REVIEW: Shepherd (2021)

It’s amazing how different two films based on the same source material can be. After watching Shepherd, from British writer-director Russell Owen, you may be surprised to learn that it’s inspired by the same real events that became transmuted into a folk ghost tale as Robert…

Interviews

INTERVIEW: ‘Shepherd’ Director Russell Owen

New British horror Shepherd is about a grief-stricken widow (played by Tom Hughes) who applies for a job as a shepherd on an isolated Scottish island. Once there, he experiences nightmares, visions and loses touch with reality. We spoke to director Russell Owen about filming…

Film Reviews

REVIEW: Licorice Pizza (2021)

Returning to the 70s for a third time, Paul Thomas Anderson makes one of his smaller, slighter and more intimate films in Licorice Pizza while still leaving room for the occasional flight of fancy. It is also – by my estimation, at least – Anderson’s…

Features

Daniel Kaluuya & LaKeith Stanfield: The Revolutionaries

[This piece was originally published in Issue #4 of JumpCut: The Magazine in April 2021] Londoner Daniel Kaluuya and Californian LaKeith Stanfield are two of the most exciting actors of their generation. They’ve both just been nominated (somewhat controversially) in the supporting actor category for…

Drama, Film Reviews

REVIEW: Bergman Island (2021)

Ingmar Bergman has the kind of iconic status reserved for a rarefied few – he is perhaps regarded as chief among the European masters which includes names such as Godard, Fellini, Antonioni, Truffaut, Renoir and Cocteau. A kind of cult has grown up amongst Bergman’s…

Interviews

INTERVIEW: Director Joanna Hogg discusses ‘The Souvenir Part II’

Joanna Hogg is known for her films exploring upper-middle class English families, depicting at times excruciating social awkwardness and the complicated dynamics of relationships through her meticulous blocking, exquisite framing and astute writing. Hogg works in a loose, improvisational style, similar to Mike Leigh; instead…