⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ What I’m sure of is that I’ve watched a very good, even great film which delivers an authoritative commentary on existentialism, while also serving as an effective satire on the concept of fame, even if the language it uses to communicate is stilted and rough round the edges. Catch La Dolce Vita at the Eden Cinemas on the 9th and 13th of August. Two shows only!
The Cement Garden (1994)
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ This film gives a stark, pessimistic picture of what, in different circumstances would have been a yellow-tinted, flowery depiction of one’s delicious teenage years. The time when one feels full of life. A period in life where romance or at least, touch, is lurking at the forefront of every interaction. When the name of the game is truth or dare and pretty much all tension is sexual... and when Summer days are endless, and everyone seems available, ready and willing. In Jack and Julie’s case, everyone is each other.
SHUN LI AND THE POET (IO SONO LI) (2011)
I was lucky to be able to catch Io Sono Li in (what’s left of) our Royal Opera House in Valletta. It was screened as part of the Pjazza Kino Festival last Friday 25th. In the same festival, two other nautical-themed films were shown Kon-Tiki (2012) and The Deep, (2012). The festival was curated by Rebecca Cremona, who also directed and co-wrote... Continue Reading →
OUR FASCINATION WITH CINEMATIC SEX MIKIEL REVIEWS LARS VON TRIER’S SEX EPIC NYMPHOMANIAC, CURRENTLY SHOWING AS ONE OF THE SIDE STREET FILMS AT EDEN CINEMAS, AND ASKS WHETHER THE FINAL CHAPTER IN HIS DEPRESSION TRILOGY DELIVERS. I’ve no doubt that right now you’re most probably indignantly frowning at your screen damning my sick, insolent mind... Continue Reading →
TAKE THIS WALTZ (2011)
I specifically started watching Take This Waltz (2011) because of Seth Rogen’s involvement. I wouldn’t say I’m his biggest fan, rather I was intrigued by the idea of Rogen starring in a serious film about relationships, their fragility, and life-changing decisions which are ours to take. What I thought was going to be a romantic dramedy on... Continue Reading →
THE PLACE BEYOND THE PINES (2012)
Truth be said, I can’t stomach happy endings much. If a film is sold on the premise that its portraying true stories or even fictional but real-life scenarios, it can’t force-feed me a Disneyesque ‘and they lived happily ever after.’ This is one of the main faults I find with a number of Hollywood dramas... Continue Reading →
Today I reflect on Antichrist (2009) and Lars von Trier's filmic relationships with women.