2019 Film Reviews – 53: Pain & Glory [dir. Pedro Almodóvar; 2019]

It’s a testament to Almodóvar’s skills as a storyteller – and to the trust he places in his team – that one of the most memorable sequences in Pain & Glory was written a mere day before it was filmed, in response to the director seeing how a particular actress played her character. The scene in question – wherein Antonio Banderas’ frustrated movie-maker confronts his … Continue reading 2019 Film Reviews – 53: Pain & Glory [dir. Pedro Almodóvar; 2019]

2019 Film Reviews – 19: Everybody Knows [dir. Asghar Farhadi; 2018]

In A Separation – and, to some extent, About Elly – Asghar Farhadi displayed an exceptional talent for creating full-bodied characters – possessed of lucidly delineated motivations – and weaving them into a story that flows with the organic inevitability of life itself. There’s no doubt that his skill is in evidence within the sun-baked, Spanish setting of Everybody Knows: as its tale of a … Continue reading 2019 Film Reviews – 19: Everybody Knows [dir. Asghar Farhadi; 2018]