3 items from 2015
Calling card movies usually serve their casts or their directors, they seldom favour both. James White, however, is a rare exception: a story that showcases subtlety and technique on both sides of the camera. But what’s just as surprising about such a tender and emotional project is that it comes from Borderline Films, a New York based trio whose excellent output to date has tended towards the dark, with the likes of Afterschool, Martha Marcy May Marlene and Simon Killer – the latter two also premiered at Sundance – dealing with subjects such as teenage morality in the internet age, modern-day cults and twisted male sexuality, in that order.
- Damon Wise
It might be a little while before we get another feature film from Steve McQueen. He's currently at work on his HBO pilot, "Codes Of Conduct," and only after that will he get cracking on his all female heist flick, "Widows." So, perhaps it's time to take another look at "Shame," and this time from a slightly different angle. A new video essay by Kingdom Of Shadows argues that "Shame" is actually a critique of the modern metropolis, and that Michael Fassbender's sexual addiction in the movie is a metaphor for the bigger theme at play. Using clips from film, along with context form Woody Allen's "Manhattan," Martin Scorsese's "Taxi Driver," and interview footage with McQueen, the eight-minute look at the movie is a compelling, well-reasoned alternate theory about the picture. It's sure to spark some debate, so watch below and leave your thoughts in the comments section. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
UK cinema in 2015 has plenty to recommend it. Here are 36 UK films of all genres to look forward to this year…
Dig past the litterfall of Kray Brothers biopics and tales of nubile teens on camping trips gone wrong, and you’ll unearth plenty for the UK film industry to boast about in 2015. From sci-fi romps and thrillers like Robot Overlords and Ex Machina to dramas like High-Rise, comedies like War On Everyone, spy flicks like Spectre and kids’ films like Bill, there’s no shortage of inventive, highly promising cinema coming from these isles.
We’ve included a few choice co-productions in 2015’s pick of the year’s most interesting-looking pictures, which bolsters our list in both size and breadth (and mostly means we Brits can claim partial credit for ace-sounding dystopian flick The Lobster).
In alphabetical order then, here are the 36 UK (or UK-ish) movies we’re excited about seeing this year… »
3 items from 2015
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