Inside Llewyn Davis opens on a closeup of Llewyn Davis (Oscar Isaac) singing and strumming “Hang Me, Oh Hang Me”, surrounded by darkness. It’s a mesmerizing and evocative shot, which immediately renders Llewyn iconic, performing this haunting, bare bones ballad. Slowly, the camera pulls back to reveal Llewyn on stage, and then the stage in the […]
When Philomena (Judi Dench) returns to the Irish convent in Roscrea, she almost winces at the sight of it, as she pulls into the driveway with the reporter Martin Sixsmith (Steve Coogan). It was here that her parents abandoned her, where she gave birth to her son as a teenager, and then spent several unhappy […]
Two landmark National Theatre productions were recently rebroadcast to cinemas around the world via NTLive: Frankenstein starring Benedict Cumberbatc and Jonny Lee Miller, and Hamlet starring Rory Kinnear.
We’re so used to seeing Millennials jumping in and out of each other’s beds – from “Gossip Girl” to “Friends with Benefits” – that it’s easy to start to think these experiences leave no mark. Abdellatif Kechiche’s greatest achievement in his new film “Blue is the Warmest Color” is to remind us of just how […]
“Prisoners” While his previous film, “Incendies”, was about how people silently deal with the damage from atrocities committed against them, Denis Villeneuve’s latest film, “Prisoners,” is a study in what pushes people over the edge to commit evil acts. Keller Dover (Hugh Jackman) is not one to suffer in silence, so when his daughter goes […]
Thea Sharrock offers a radical reinterpretation of Shakespeare’s “Henry V” with a great lead performance from Tom Hiddleston. Listen to us discuss Sharrock’s “Henry V” on episode 2 of the 21st Folio podcast.
Ben Whishaw gives an unparalleled performance as Richard II in the first episode of the Hollow Crown, directed by Rupert Goold. Read our review of Rupert Goold’s Richard III on stage, and our interview with Goold on directing film vs. theatre. Let’s talk of graves, of worms, and epitaphs;Write sorrow on the bosom of the […]
The modern relationship movie has more and more become an attempt to acknowledge that any relationship story has two subjective sides, which must be told. In Hans Canosa’s “Conversations with Other Women”, the film finds objectivity through a split screen that ensures a camera is on both its characters at all times: it’s a different […]