In Title Matchup we pit two films with the exact same title against each other to see which is best. Today’s versus match is between Andy Muschietti’s It (2017) and Clarence G. Badger’s It (1927).
Stanley Kwan’s unorthodox biopic about legendary screen icon Ruan Lingyu is profound, heart-rendering and features a radiant performance from Maggie Cheung.
#52FILMSBYWOMEN is a campaign launched by Women In Film in an attempt to raise awareness of female filmmakers. Their initiative asks cinephiles to watch a female-directed film once a week for an entire year, and in this series I will document the films I watched as a part of this pledge.
Much like the humble foodstuff itself, Sweet Bean may not sound the most appetising of confections, but this modest foodie drama from the Japanese director Naomi Kawase is a charming, bittersweet delight.
Met with controversy upon release, this daring Dutch drama from writer-director Marleen Gorris sticks one big, bold, unapologetic middle finger at the patriarchy.
Kelly Reichardt’s female-centric western abandons the mythos of the robust gunslinging cowboy commonly associated with the genre in favour of a sombre, realistic depiction of journeying pioneers lost in the arid, desolate wilderness.
In Title Matchup we pit two films with the exact same title against each other to see which comes out on top. In a tweak of the format, this versus match is between three pictures: Joe Dante’s The Hole (2009), Nick Hamm’s The Hole (2001) and Tsai Ming-liang’s The Hole (1998).
In our Four Films series we pick a theme and examine four different kinds of films on that theme. This week, time loops – stories in which people (or someone) continuously relive the same events.