An Anecdotal Life

20th Century Women (2016) D/W: Mike Mills. DP: Sean Porter. Starring: Annette Bening/Elle Fanning/Greta Gerwig/Lucas Jade Zumann/Billy Crudup/Alison Elliot/Thea Gill. Amid the haze of award season some films get pushed to the sidelines. Funny, well crafted stories that cannot compete with some heavy hitters, but are far better than most large scale commercial releases you…

Splendor in the Page

Nocturnal Animals (2016) W/D: Tom Ford. DP: Seamus McGarvey. Starring: Amy Adams/Jake Gyllenhaal/Michael Shannon/Aaron Taylor-Johnson/Isla Fisher/Armie Hammer/Ellie Bamber/Karl Glusman/Laura Linney/Michael Shannon/Andrea Riseborough/Robert Aramayo. (Based on the novel Tony & Susan by Austin Wright)  It is rarity in the world of film adaptions to find a film that manages to improve upon a novel with such style as Nocturnal…

Freedom in the age of Feminism

Mustang (2016). D: Deniz Gamze Ergüven. DP: David Chizallet and Ersin Gok. W: Deniz Gamze Ergüven and Alice Winocour. Starring: Günes Sensoy/Doga Zeynep Doguslu/Tugba Sunguroglu/Elit Iscan/Ilayda Akdogan/Nihal G. Koldas/Ayberk Pekcan/Bahar Kerimoglu/Burak Yigit Finally releasing here in the UK this week, Mustang will break your heart. Premiering at the Cannes festival last year the film was…

A Cash Money Payoff

The Big Short (2016) D: Adam McKay. DP: Barry Ackroyd. W: Charles Randolph & Adam McKay (Based on the book by Michael Lewis.) Starring: Christian Bale/Steve Carrell/Ryan Gosling/Brad Pitt/Marissa Tomei/Jeremy Strong/Hamish Linklater/Rafe Spall/Finn Wittrock/John Magaro/Max Greenfield/Billy Magnusson/Melissa Leo/Tracy Letts/Adepero Oduye. Sandwiched between costume dramas and survival epics are a few films this award season based…

Shining Through a Hazy Fog

Still Alice (2014). D/W: Richard Glatzer & Wash Westmoreland. DP: Denis Lenoir. Starring: Julianne Moore/Alec Baldwin/Kristen Stewart/Kate Bosworth/Hunter Parrish/Shane McRae. (based on Lisa Genova’s novel of the same name) Many a time a performance has stood out against the backdrop of a weaker film. Still Alice joins that group of films which arguably includes many…