Climates (Iklimler)

BBBB (out of 5) Nuri Bilge Ceylan shoots in digital for the first time and the images are crisp and gorgeous in this subtle, sexy romantic drama.  He himself stars with his real-life wife (Ebru Ceylan) as a troubled couple, he a professor and she a television producer, who are having difficulties with intimacy while on … More Climates (Iklimler)

Rate this:

Lights In The Dusk (Laitakaupungin valot) (2006)

AKI KAURISMAKI Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  Finland/Germany/France, 2006.  Sputnik.  Screenplay by Aki Kaurismaki.  Cinematography by Timo Salminen.  Produced by Aki Kaurismaki.  Music by Melrose.  Production Design by Markku Pätilä.  Costume Design by Outi Harjupatana.  Film Editing by Aki Kaurismaki.  Cannes Film Festival 2006.  Toronto International Film Festival 2006.  Aki Kaurismaki goes for film noir in this gorgeously shot piece, played in a minor key.  A shopping mall … More Lights In The Dusk (Laitakaupungin valot) (2006)

Rate this:

Private Fears In Public Places (Coeurs)

BBB (out of 5) Alan Ayckbourn’s play is given cinematic treatment by perennial experimenter Alain Resnais in this pleasant if not groundbreaking multi-character affair.  Love and loneliness in Paris is the age-old theme being touched upon by a disparate group of individuals who are all linked one way or the other:  real estate agent André … More Private Fears In Public Places (Coeurs)

Rate this:

Syndromes And A Century (Sang Sattawat)

BBB.5 (out of 5) Apichatpong Weerasethakul was inspired by his own family’s medical background to set a film within the confines of a hospital, abandoning the exotic folklore of forays into the jungle and creating images that are instead made up of mundane realities.  The result, which has a bare subplot of two doctors and … More Syndromes And A Century (Sang Sattawat)

Rate this:

Seraphim Falls

B (out of 5) Liam Neeson and his posse chase Pierce Brosnan relentlessly through the forests and across the desert of post-Civil War USA in this uninteresting drama. Why he’s after him is left a complete mystery until long after you’ve realized that you don’t have a single emotion invested in either of these characters. Along the … More Seraphim Falls

Rate this:

I Don’t Want To Sleep Alone (Hei Yan Quan)

BBBB (out of 5) Gorgeously felt film slides comfortably into director Tsai Ming-Liang’s oeuvre of boldly atypical films. Taiwanese Norman Atun is visiting Kuala Lumpur and is beaten viciously by a group of thugs. Staggering on the streets, he is rescued by a group of men, one of whom takes his patient’s recovery upon himself personally … More I Don’t Want To Sleep Alone (Hei Yan Quan)

Rate this: