Ismael’s Ghosts: Strong performances but ultimately flawed, inconsistent and incoherent

Ismael’s Ghosts (Les fantômes d’Ismaël) is the latest offering from French director Arnaud Desplechin, where we follow the titular Ismael Vuillard (Mathieu Amalric), who is in the midst of writing a film based around the life of his estranged diplomat brother Ivan Dedalus (Louis Garrel).

June 8, 2018 | Film + Entertainment

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom – An ambitious if flawed instalment to the dinosaur franchise

I vividly remember the experience of seeing Jurassic Park for the first time upon its theatrical release in 1993.

June 6, 2018 | Film + Entertainment

L’Amant Double: An Interview with director Francois Ozon

L’ Amant Double is absurd, brash, a highly sexual psychoanalytic extravaganza of a film.

June 6, 2018 | Film + EntertainmentInterview

My Friend Dahmer: An interview with director Marc Meyers

Last week we gave a glowing review of the exceptional indie flick My Friend Dahmer, a filmic telling of the senior year of infamous serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer, the period just before his killing days commenced.

June 1, 2018 | Film + EntertainmentInterview

Sundance film festival ’18: Our top picks for the festival’s London edition

The Sundance Film Festival ’18: London gets underway this weekend (31st May – 2nd June), with a select group of films picked as the cream of the crop from this year’s screenings at its namesake festival, held in Utah earlier this year.

May 30, 2018 | FestivalsFilm + Entertainment

BOYS ON FILM 18 ‘Heroes’: Peccadillo Pictures 18th anthology edition of LGBTQ+ shorts

Peccadillo Pictures has just released its 18th edition of film shorts anthology Boys on Film.

May 29, 2018 | Film + Entertainment

My Friend Dahmer: A dark, twisted, comic look at Jeffrey Dahmer’s early pre-serial-killer days

Making a biopic based on the life of a notorious serial killer is a unique tightrope act for any filmmaker; creating a film that is sympathetic to the victims’ loved ones’ trauma whilst remaining factually accurate and entertaining whilst not glorifying its subject’s heinous crimes requires care and precision.

May 25, 2018 | Film + Entertainment

Revenge: An interview with director Coralie Fargeat and lead actress Matilda Lutz

Revenge is a shocker of a film, in the most gruesomely gory of ways, where a rape and an brutally violent murder attempt leads to a total female emancipation.

May 17, 2018 | Film + EntertainmentInterview

The Post: Putting Spielberg’s over-sentimentality aside, an engaging and compelling political thriller

Thankfully, Steven Spielberg’s latest Oscar contender is much more watchable than its unimaginative title would suggest.

May 11, 2018 | DVDFilm + Entertainment

Lean On Pete: In conversation with filmmaker Andrew Haigh

In 2011 British filmmaker Andrew Haigh’s breakthrough gay romance Weekend became an indie sensation and a staple of modern queer cinema.

May 5, 2018 | Film + EntertainmentInterview

TULLY: Charlize Theron excels as down trodden mum in Diablo Cody’s almost convincing comedy

For over a decade, the writer/director duo of Jason Reitman and Diablo Cody have been producing realistic, acerbic stories of growing up, demystifying the idea that adults have any more of an idea what they’re doing than when they were teenagers.

May 3, 2018 | Film + Entertainment

JUMANJI: Welcome to Jungle – Pure escapist and wonderfully unapologetic entertainment

The utilisation by Hollywood of classic, beloved films is something that is becoming increasingly common.

May 2, 2018 | DVDFilm + Entertainment

Nathaniel Potvin – Young & Driven

A fresh face on the Hollywood scene, Nathaniel Potvin is an actor to watch.

May 2, 2018 | Film + Entertainment

Let The Sunshine In: Binoche is mesmerizingly exquisite in Claire Denis’ intimate offering

Let The Sunshine In follows Parisian artist Isabelle (Juliette Binoche) and her haphazard search for love, or the warped concept she has of it.

April 26, 2018 | Film + Entertainment

Brigsby Bear: Charmingly quirky comedy perfectly tows the lines between humour and sincerity

When Sony Picture Classics acquired Brigsby Bear in early 2017, the close-knit group behind the film insisted that the plot be kept a secret in the marketing.

April 23, 2018 | DVDFilm + Entertainment

Leonardo Nam – Defying Expectations

With already impressive Hollywood credits to his name, actor Leonardo Nam is putting in the time and effort to land prominent roles that leave a lasting impression on viewers.

April 22, 2018 | Fashion & Entertainment

The Titan: Predictbale Sci-fi thriller fails to impress

Debutant German director Lennart Ruff rounds up a seasoned cast, Sam Worthington (Avatar) Taylor Schilling (Orange Is the New Black) and Tom Wilkinson (In the Bedroom) for his difficult to define this science fiction/ thriller journey The Titan.

April 19, 2018 | Film + Entertainment

Custody / Jusqu’à la Garde: An interview with director Xavier Legrand

Custody/ Jusqu’à la Garde is the debut full length feature by French director/ actor Xavier whose lauded short Just Before Losing Everything was Oscar nominated in 2013, signalling great promise as an upcoming director.

April 18, 2018 | Film + Entertainment

120 BPM (Beats Per Minute): Interview with actors Nahuel Perez Biscayart and Arnaud Valois

Last week, here at Candid we reviewed the exceptional drama 120 BPM by French director Robin Campillo.

April 12, 2018 | Film + EntertainmentInterview

Ghost Stories: Horror tale succeeds to scare but is marred by cliche ending

Starting life as a play it has been adapted to film, using the same directing, writing and acting talent as it did on stage.

April 8, 2018 | Film + Entertainment