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Interview: Director Juanjo Giménez on his Oscar Nominated Short "Timecode"

Interview: Director Juanjo Giménez on his Oscar Nominated Short “Timecode”

Dance and musical are a big theme at this year’s Oscars with La La Land touted for numerous awards. Bringing up the Short Film section is nominee Timecode from Spanish director Juanjo Giménez. With more than enough charm to bring home the prize, having already won big at Cannes this year, it’s a sure contender....
Interview: Director Kristóf Deák talks about his Oscar Winning Short Film "Sing"

Interview: Director Kristóf Deák talks about his Oscar Winning Short Film “Sing”

Simplistic in narrative but wholly complex in its emotion and effect, Kristóf Deák’s Sing is that rare kind of inspirational film, short or not, that lifts audiences right out of their daily lives. Set in Budapest, Hungary in the 1990s, a young girl joins the award winning choir of her new school to discover that...
A cure for wellness review: The sickness is business, and Dane’s got it bad.

A cure for wellness review: The sickness is business, and Dane’s got it bad.

Ruthless, ambitious and heartless, Dane DeHaan plays Lockhart, a corporate financier tasked with retrieving a rogue colleague who’s turned his back on the material world to instead seek…A Cure For Wellness. The metaphors are a little heavy-handed in the opening act, as ambition, capitalism and greed are all suggested as diseases that afflict otherwise healthy...
Interview: Director Sélim Azzazi on his Oscar nominated short "Ennemis Intérieurs"

Interview: Director Sélim Azzazi on his Oscar nominated short “Ennemis Intérieurs”

Ennemis intérieurs is of the year’s most vital surprises. Short in runtime but heavy in political punch, it’s a strongly-scripted chamber piece that comes as the fearsome directorial debut from established actor and sound engineer Sélim Azzazi. An immensely skilled storyteller, Azzazi crafts a tale it’s difficult not to relate to today’s international news. Set...
Interview: Director Anna Rose Holmer talks her new film "The Fits"

Interview: Director Anna Rose Holmer talks her new film “The Fits”

In anybody else’s hands The Fits carefully thematic balancing act of the uncertainty and disorientation of early adolescence might not have worked. We’ve all seen examples. Perhaps, it would’ve fallen foul of cliché or presented its finding in too prosaic a fashion to keep anyone’s attention. Or maybe it would’ve been another coming-of-age tale that...
Interview: Patriot's Day Sergeant Jeffrey Pugliese

Interview: Patriot’s Day Sergeant Jeffrey Pugliese

Sergeant Jeffrey Pugliese of Watertown Police never expected to find himself on a Hollywood film set alongside Mark Wahlberg, Kevin Bacon and director Peter Berg. And yet, having played a crucial role in the apprehension of the perpetrators of the 2013 Boston bombing, Sgt Pugliese is a key figure in Berg’s upcoming blockbuster Patriots Day,...
Interview: Director Timo von Gunten on his Oscar nominated short film “La Femme et le TGV”

Interview: Director Timo von Gunten on his Oscar nominated short film “La Femme et le TGV”

Filmmaker Timo von Gunten’s La Femme et le TGV has found many adoring audiences worldwide and its Oscar Nomination in the Short Film category is sure to garner it many more. Based on the real life encounter between a train driver and a woman who improbably pass each other love letters from a high speed...
Interview: Director Aske Bang on his Oscar nominated short film "Silent Nights"

Interview: Director Aske Bang on his Oscar nominated short film “Silent Nights”

For many jaded Award Season viewers, the Academy Award’s Short Film selection represents a refreshing array of talent unspoiled by the influences of cynical big-budget pandering. Among this year’s nominees is Aske Bang’s Silent Nights, a Danish film that treks the journey of an illegal immigrant through the shelters of Copenhagen to the slums of...
Interview: Candid cover star and Patriots Day’s Alex Wolff

Interview: Candid cover star and Patriots Day’s Alex Wolff

Out on the 23rd of February in the UK, Patriots Day has been hailed a triumph of a film and our cover star, Alex Wolff plays one of the titular characters. Working alongside Hollywood names including Mark Wahlberg and Kevin Bacon, Alex plays the protagonist in Patriots Day, tackling the challenging task of playing the...
Moonlight review: completely absorbing

Moonlight review: completely absorbing

My first question on coming out of Moonlight was: who is Barry Jenkins? Who made this beautiful, completely absorbing, and perfectly cast film about a young man growing up gay and in poverty in Miami? From the get-go the cinematography shows the confusion and instability of the world we’re entering. In the first scene, when...
The Founder review: “Fast food for thought”

The Founder review: “Fast food for thought”

Based on the events surrounding the establishment of the McDonalds franchise, The Founder tells the story of how travelling salesman Ray Croc turned a small mom and pop enterprise into the most successful fast-food chain in history. Beginning in 1954, we follow Croc (Michael Keaton) on a hardscrabble cross America trek to sell milkshake machines to...
Patriots Day review "sidesteps jingoism and overcomes cliché"

Patriots Day review “sidesteps jingoism and overcomes cliché”

Cinema often serves to aim a spotlight at stories and people that are little-known and generally ‘too good to be true’. With Patriots Day, director Peter Berg has taken the decision to chronicle the bombing at the Boston Marathon in 2013, a set of events that are recent and fresh in the minds of people...
Nick Offerman Interview 'This is the best part in a movie I’ve ever had'

Nick Offerman Interview ‘This is the best part in a movie I’ve ever had’

Steven Goldman sat down with actor Nick Offerman, who stars as Dick McDonald in the new release The Founder. Based on a true story, The Founder, directed by John Lee Hancock (Saving Mr. Banks) follows the trail of how traveling salesman Ray Kroc (played by Michael Keaton) began to work with Dick and his brother...
Multiple Maniacs review: a revolutionary and revolting re-release

Multiple Maniacs review: a revolutionary and revolting re-release

John Waters’ celebrated back catalogue of camp, cult classics hold an often referenced and revered place in many a film buff’s personal pop culture lexicon, yet only die-hard fans may’ve heard of Multiple Maniacs. Many audiences are familiar with his slightly more mainstream musical comedy movies (the caveat being that Waters is never wholly mainstream)...
Lovetrue review: Drifting from agony to ecstasy and back again

Lovetrue review: Drifting from agony to ecstasy and back again

Alma Har’el became something of a festival darling with her debut feature, Bombay Beach, in 2011. In addition to scoring her the Best Documentary Award at that year’s Tribeca Film Festival, it also endeared her to the increasingly art-savvy Shia LaBeouf, who went on to bankroll her latest offering – LoveTrue. Where Bombay Beach was...
Prevenge review: Alice Lowe's Silence of the Prams

Prevenge review: Alice Lowe’s Silence of the Prams

With a portmanteau title that’s a composite of ‘pregnancy’ and ‘revenge’, Prevenge’s horror comedy wheelhouse lands somewhere between American Psycho and Rosemary’s Baby. Writer/director Alice Lowe, heavily pregnant herself at the time of filming, plays an expectant mother driven to murder at her unborn child’s demonic insistence. The evil offspring exercises its will by peevishly...
Candid talks to Hacksaw Ridge's Vince Vaughn

Candid talks to Hacksaw Ridge’s Vince Vaughn

Candid Magazine’s Fraser Kay says, ‘Hacksaw Ridge flourishes as a slice of war cinema of the highest quality.’ Directed by Mel Gibson and starring Andrew Garfield, Richard Pyros and Vince Vaughn, the film has been extolled as a war epic for the modern age. Candid’s Chicago-based associate, Jeff Conway met with Vaughn, who plays Sergeant Howell, for...
Toni Erdmann review: a performance art dad joke for the ages

Toni Erdmann review: a performance art dad joke for the ages

Writer / director Maren Ade’s new film is a perversely off-kilter tale of an emotionally distant father and daughter. After the death of his beloved pet dog, bumbling practical joker Winfried (Peter Simonischek) pays a visit to his career driven daughter Ines (Sandra Huller). Ines is working as a corporate strategist in Bucharest on a...
Hacksaw Ridge review - brutal, engrossing and uplifting

Hacksaw Ridge review – brutal, engrossing and uplifting

It has been over ten years since his last directorial feature, but his new offering Hacksaw Ridge could mark Mel Gibson’s triumphant return to Hollywood. The film is a brutal, engrossing and uplifting war epic that pushes both its characters and its audience to their emotional limits. The true story presented on screen is of...
Cameraperson review: humour, pain and pathos

Cameraperson review: humour, pain and pathos

“These are the images that have marked me and leave me wondering still” – Kirstin Johnson   Cameraperson’s stream of experience filmmaking builds a poetry somewhere almost outside narrative, mixing the rare transcendent quality of Godfrey Reggio’s Koyaanisqatsi, the enticing personal revelations of Jonathan Caouette’s Tarnation, the kinetic joy of Vertov’s Man With A Movie...
An Interview with Eoin Macken

An Interview with Eoin Macken

A combination of restlessness and unbridled talent is how we would describe Eoin Macken. His hunger for knowledge across the inner-workings of everything (from the human brain to the intricacies of film-making) means he’s constantly on the go. You’ll have seen Eoin Macken in plenty of fashion campaigns – at the start of his career...
East Side Sushi review: a good meal overcooked

East Side Sushi review: a good meal overcooked

As this reviewer found out, East Side Sushi is not a film to be watched when hungry, unless you want those stomach rumbles to become increasingly severe. Anthony Lucero’s feature length directorial debut is a celebration of food from all corners of the globe, but more than that, it’s also a celebration of the people...
Captain Fantastic Blu-ray review: Easy watching drama

Captain Fantastic Blu-ray review: Easy watching drama

There is something in both family dramas and road-trip comedies that everyone can relate to and, happy or sad, they channel the ultimate feel-good vibe. Captain Fantastic, Matt Ross’s dramedy about a family living off-grid is another one of these, a character study that explores the pros and cons of seeking an alternative to capitalism....
Candid Interviews La La Land Writer & Director

Candid Interviews La La Land Writer & Director

Hailed as ‘Spectacular in style and substance,’ by Samuel Sims on Candid Magazine, modern musical La La Land, starring Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone, has been nominated for seven Golden Globes and is hot-tipped as an Oscar contender. Candid’s Chicago-based associate, Jeff Conway sat down with writer and director, Damien Chazelle and actress Rosemarie DeWitt, who...
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them review: the magic remains

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them review: the magic remains

Nearly five years since the last Harry Potter movie came out, JK Rowling returns with Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, a prequel to the wizarding series that captured so many imaginations. Set in the 1920s, the only returning influence to the franchise is director David Yates, bringing the same flare and style that drove the last four...
James Schamus interview: 'I might as well risk flopping'

James Schamus interview: ‘I might as well risk flopping’

The first thing James Schamus says when we sit down to chat is that he likes my shoes. They are a pair of slightly scuffed brown Dr. Martens – and he is wearing exactly the same ones. Whether I dress like a 57-year-old film director or he dresses like a young woman is debatable, but...
Documentary: The Safe House: A Decline of Ideas

Documentary: The Safe House: A Decline of Ideas

Will the great institutions that house our vast collections of books and knowledge one day be obsolete? Have you visited or even thought about your local library lately? A new documentary called The Safe House: A Decline of Ideas, by Davina Catt – who was on the jury for last year’s London European Film Festival...
Anne Fontaine interview: 'Hearing it is stronger than seeing it'

Anne Fontaine interview: ‘Hearing it is stronger than seeing it’

With the majority of director Anne Fontaine’s films having a contemporary setting, her latest offering, The Innocents, seems somewhat removed from her previous work. Despite the new period and location, however, her trademark intuitive depiction of women remains. Based on real events, the film tells the story of a group of Polish nuns who find...
The Innocents review: a haunting drama

The Innocents review: a haunting drama

At first glance, The Innocents seems to mark a departure from Anne Fontaine’s previous films. Set in Poland at the end of the Second World War and based on notes written by French Red Cross Doctor Madeleine Pauliac, you won’t find tumultuous love triangles or blissful beach life. And yet the director’s signature themes remain:...
Arrival review: unbeatably imaginative sci-fi

Arrival review: unbeatably imaginative sci-fi

Anyone watching director Denis Villeneuve’s Arrival would openly admit that this isn’t your ordinary alien invasion movie. Arrival is impressive in being just as harrowing as any other extra-terrestrial movie, but is so incredibly unlike what’s gone before it, which is what makes it exceptional. It’s a deeply thought-out narrative that anyone with a love...



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