Cannes Reviews 2016

Cannes Review: Blood Father

Cannes Review: Blood Father

A superb little quaint thriller with acting that astounds. While the action captures the screen it never itself devolves into spectacle and instead only exists to serve the story. Reminding us that despite the surroundings this story at its heart is a father trying to save his once missing daughter. From the opening, director Jean-François […]

Cannes Review: Personal Shopper

Something lost and something gained. As cinema has rolled on through the decades since the 60s, suspense has been less and less well approached in new forms. Nevertheless here it appears that Olivier Assayas has found a new modern approach to the genre. It’s gripping, intriguing and yet maintains a slow allure that gently ferries […]

Cannes Review: Money Monster

A surface film with an artistically rough open that sustains itself on a blockbuster tried and tested riskless formula. In tune with the television show which it depicts the picture is based on drawing in the audience, with some dialogue including the first and last lines almost breaking the fourth wall. Most of these lines […]

Cannes Review: Cafe Society

Containing all the characteristics of a lovable Woody Allen film, Cafe Society gives us his perspective of his less touched city Los Angeles. While his previous works have included scenes in Los Angeles, this depiction seems less stereotypical of Hollywood. As the picture progresses the location becomes simply a backdrop for the story. Opposed to […]