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Review: Birdman

Review: Birdman

It’s hard to approach a film that has been unanimously lauded for “changing cinema” with an objective and fresh perspective, and even harder when you remember that it’s spearheaded by one of the greatest living directors cinema has to offer. But, leaving the screening, I can only bask in the magnificent aftertaste Alejandro González Iñárritu (Amores Perros, 21 Grams, Babel) has left in my mind. Ultimately – and perhaps inevitably – Birdman has me securely in its talons. (more…)

Why you should cut awards season some slack

Why you should cut awards season some slack

Criticism of the film-world is rife in the period between late November and the Academy Awards ceremony around the end of February. For some, this time is the height of Hollywood’s self-congratulation, praising a familiar collection of names – actors, writers and producers – and treating the already immensely rich to yet more decadence and luxury. For others, it is too political, or else too commercial – the members of the various voting bodies find their decisions dictated more by the hand-shaking and brown-nosing of the contenders than the merits of the films themselves. Many find their favourite films ignored by the major awards, either because they are too niche and indie, or because they have been shut out for more complicated reasons. (more…)

Review: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1

Review: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1

The division of the final novel into two films is a decision that is always criticised for greediness, and normally because it weakens the first entry. The Hunger Games is no exception. Mockingjay Part 1 has its moments, but it ultimately feels like two hours of set up, all beginning and middle with no end. Not only that, what happens is repetitive and superficial, without the same energy that the first and especially the second film provided. (more…)

Interview: Deborah Nadoolman Landis

Interview: Deborah Nadoolman Landis

The Hollywood Costume exhibition, commissioned for the V&A in 2007 and now at the Academy of Motion Pictures Museum in Los Angeles, was the most successful exhibition in the V&A’s history. 268,000 people came to see the show during the 14 weeks it was on display in the winter of 2012-13 and it began a new chapter for its creator, Deborah Nadoolman Landis.  I spoke to Deborah about her career in costume design and her inspiration for the exhibition. (more…)

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