Cannes: The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby Them review

That syntactical nightmare of a headline is an unfortunate side effect of a late choice to edit two films into one. For the record, we’ve reproduced the title exactly as it appeared on screen, with no hyphen or colon to be found. Writer-director Ned Benson first premiered a pair of work-in-progress cuts at TIFF last year. These were … Read more

Zero Dark Thirty – Torture, Revenge and a Question for America

Following an opening featuring a black screen and the sounds of 9/11 calls ,which lasts for a deeply uncomfortable period of time despite actually being relatively short, Zero Dark Thirty moves into more scenes which are well played to upset and discomfort an audience. We are introduced to the lead, Maya (Jessica Chastain), who is … Read more

John Hillcoat Interview for Lawless

Storyboarding/Pre-visualisation. It’s certainly storyboarding as opposed to pre-visualisation, although storyboards are a form of pre-visualisation. What I do is work with the DP in rehearsal. When I rehearse with the actors. I love rehearsing, it’s weirdly the greatest weakness of the entire American film industry because they don’t have enough prep, they just throw money … Read more

Lawless Review

Recently retitled Lawless from The Wettest County in the World, the title it originally took from the source novel by Matt Bondurant, the latest from John Hillcoat and Nick Cave is a solidly told tale of moonshiners in depression-era Franklin County and is based on the real life (mis)adventures of the Bondurant brothers. Here played … Read more