Fertility and desolation, creation and destruction, isolation and togetherness all intermingle in hypnotic trend in High Life, Claire Denis’ sci-fi reverie. Barren areas abound, and the French auteur infuses her material with a way of ominous hollowness, born from longings – for objective, conception, and reinvention – that remain unfulfilled. James Mangold’s Ford v Ferrari could not redefine its subject in the way in which that the Ford GT40 revolutionized auto racing, however it’s nonetheless a muscular example of massive-finances, star-pushed Hollywood leisure. Mangold’s story is concerning the might of American ingenuity and daring (versus glossy Italian vanity), and a celebration of non-conformity in the face of (unbeatable) corporate strain.
A nearly three-hour black-and-white odyssey by way of allegorical Holocaust horrors, Václav Marhoul’s The Painted Bird isn’t for the faint of coronary heart. Nonetheless, amidst such incessant, graphic cruelty, compassion fleetingly materializes in the form of a kindly priest (Harvey … Read More