Friday, 30 May 2014

Flags of Our Fathers



Clint Eastwood’s war movie manages to be patriotic and provide social and political criticism at the same time. A fine achievement from America’s greatest living filmmaker.

Thursday, 29 May 2014

The Taking of Power by Louis XIV



Rossellini’s film on the Sun King is extraordinary and a lot of fun.

Fedora



Billy Wilder on similar terrain to Sunset Boulevard in his penultimate film, which is wonderful, and largely set in Kerkyra.

Tuesday, 27 May 2014

Paisan



Rossellini’s film is great, but as in Rome, Open City, one can't help thinking if his tender portraits of the Italian war experience don’t conceal the fact that Italians were responsible with their several wars of aggression for their own suffering and downfall.

The Consequences of Love



Good existential Italian crime drama.

The Secret in Their Eyes



Good film telling us something about Argentinean society and politics in the 1970s.

The Beast to Die


Interesting first half, then deteriorates and becomes silly.