Rendez-vous 2014: Review Roundup

by Mairéad Roche 1 May 2014

Rendez-vous with French Cinema 2014 has now come to an end but we shall leave you with this review summary from Mairéad, who has dutifully prepared reviews of Agnès B’s My Name is Hmmm; Violette (pictured), on the contribution to art and feminism of Violette Leduc and Simone de Beauvoir, ending with Alain Resnais’ last film, Life of Riley. […]

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Rendez-vous 2014: Hiroshima Mon Amour (1959)

by Ann Jackson 30 April 2014

Hiroshima Mon Amour caused a mighty stir when it was first seen in 1959 at Cannes. Written by a woman (Marguerite Duras), it was also narrated by a woman (Emmanuelle Riva) who was the main character, it included flashbacks to clarify the story and had a non-linear storyline. There was also a significant change in the […]

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In Review: Bastards on DVD

by Mark Searby 29 April 2014

Legendary French film director Claire Denis continues to release thought-provoking and provocative films even into her later years.  If Bastards is anything to go by then we can only hope she never stops.

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In Review: After the Night

by Maryann O'Connor 25 April 2014

Chaotic and shouty, After the Night is a gloomy summation of life in the slums of Lisbon. Dealer Sombra (Pedro Ferreira) is fresh out of prison and can’t adjust to his life of owing money to people. He spends a great deal of his time with an iguana who he calls the dragon and only […]

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In Review: Violent Saturday (1955) on Blu-ray

by Martyn Conterio 25 April 2014

As Adam Batty notes in his essay on Violent Saturday (found in the Blu-ray’s accompanying booklet), Richard Fleischer presents something of a puzzle for those with an auteurist agenda and/or wishing to study the director’s work as a complete artistic statement. How can one be a ‘Master of Cinema’ and yet lack an easily identifiable […]

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Rendez-vous 2014: Bright Days Ahead

by Daniel Goodwin 24 April 2014

Where recent French, female led films Jeune & Jolie (2013) and Blue Is The Warmest Colour (2013) focused on sexual awakenings in younger girls, Director Marion Vernoux delivers a lighter more elegant portrayal of a woman in her winter years who embarks on an affair with a younger IT worker.

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News: Film Festival Seeks Backers

by Maryann O'Connor 24 April 2014

All those big film festivals seem a bit far away and untouchable, don’t they? Film critics waffling on about the latest ooh-you-simply-must-sees at Cannes, Venezia, Sundance…films that you will likely never see hide nor hair of. There is a more accessible and just as exciting international film festival right down on our grit in your […]

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In Review: We Are The Best!

by Mairéad Roche 18 April 2014

Based on the graphic novels of co-writer Coco Moodysson, Swedish director Lukas Moodysson has taken his wife’s depictions of three 12 and 13 year old girls who form a punk band in Stockholm in 1982 and made them into a film of timeless quality. For mohawk-touting Klara (Mira Grosin) and short haired Bobo (Mira Barkhammar), […]

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The New Empress Magazine Video Blog: James Dean, A Legend Restored

by Maryann O'Connor 17 April 2014

James Dean, yeah? Yeah. The man, the legend, returns to cinema screens this week, so Mark Searby has taken the time to refresh our memory on exactly who the legend was. We love a rumour of indiscriminate public urination. Over to you, Mark… More of our video blog shizzle can be found here

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In Focus: Paul Giamatti, from Private Parts to Madame Bovary

by Daniel Goodwin 17 April 2014

Wily and lovable, character actor Paul Giamatti is one of those rare supporting performers who works equally well in the background of a big budget film as he does leading a smaller independent. After appearing in this year’s Academy Award winning best film 12 Years A Slave, Giamatti returns to cinemas this week as super-villain […]

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Birds Eye View Film Festival 2014: Review Roundup

by Mairéad Roche 16 April 2014

Our coverage of the excellent Birds Eye View Film Festival 2014 is brought to a close by this selection of reviews by Mairéad Roche. Reviews of I am Yours, Belleville Baby and Gabrielle

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