February 2010

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#Syndromes of a new century

How have the first ten years of the 21st century changed cinema? From Argentina to Romania, from Almodóvar to Weerasethakul, Nick James introduces Sight & Sound’s selection of the 30 key films of the past decade

PLUS (in the magazine) Shane Danielsen on the hot national cinemas of the past ten years

PLUS (in the magazine) Mark Cousins on the new culture of instant availability

PLUS (in the magazine) Michael Atkinson on reports of the death of American cinema

PLUS (in the magazine) Hannah McGill on the decline and fall of star power

PLUS (in the magazine) Jonathan Romney on the subtle spread of ‘Slow Cinema’

PLUS (in the magazine) Nick Roddick on how digital technology has transformed film

PLUS (in the magazine) six of the decade’s directing talents – Pedro Costa, the Dardennes, Claire Denis, Michael Haneke, Jia Zhang-ke and Apichatpong Weerasethakul – describe their own distinctive approaches to film-making

#Sight & Sound’s films of the decade

Not a ‘top 30’, but the films that in our opinion best represent the decade’s most distinctive oeuvres and movements – with annotations from the Sight & Sound archives

#Ozu Yasujiro, tofu maker

Ozu is often perceived to be a uniquely Japanese director with a fascination for the domestic, but in fact he was a wide-ranging movie fan who started out aping US films and rarely had real experiences to parallel the lives of his protagonists. By Tony Rayns

Between the walls

A Prophet is an uncompromising and brutal French prison movie with an unknown lead. But Jacques Audiard’s fifth film as director is rooted in his earlier, seductive reinventions of the male hero and the French crime genre, argues Ginette Vincendeau

The waste land

Cormac McCarthy’s post-apocalyptic novel The Road has been considered unfilmable. But John Hillcoat tells Jonathan Romney that his film version is all about fidelity to the original

No place like home

The new George Clooney vehicle Up in the Air combines smart comedy with an unexpectedly tart and timely critique of US corporate thinking. Nick James talks to its writer-director Jason Reitman, of Juno fame

Selected reviews

#Film of the Month: Still Walking

Trevor Johnston is wowed by a supremely subtle portrayal of the tensions within a Japanese family that puts director Kore-eda Hirokazu in the same league as his country’s masters of domestic drama, Ozu and Naruse

#DVD review: Tarzan after Johnny Weissmuller

Two actors ruled the jungle after Johnny Weissmuller handed in his loincloth. Tim Lucas on the ape men

#Film review: Our Beloved Month of August

A family musical docu-drama set amongst Portuguese village-fête show bands, Miguel Gomes' film is a hybrid work of bewitching perversity, says Jonathan Romney

#Film review: Invictus

Clint Eastwood's Nelson Mandela sports drama throws race-relations sanctimony like so many pies, says Michael Atkinson

Reviews in this issue:

  • 44 Inch Chest
  • Adoration
  • All about Steve
  • Alvin and the Chipmunks The Squeakquel
  • Anonyma A Woman in Berlin
  • Astro Boy
  • The Boys Are Back
  • Brothers
  • Carriers (credits only)
  • Christmas in Wonderland
  • Crude
  • Humpday
  • Film review: Invictus
  • Film review: Invictus
  • The Island/Ostrov
  • Law Abiding Citizen (credits only)
  • The Lovely Bones
  • Masquerades
  • The Men Who Stare at Goats (credits only)
  • New Moon
  • Ninja Assassin
  • Only When I Dance
  • OSS 117 Lost in Rio
  • Film review: Our Beloved Month of August
  • Film review: Our Beloved Month of August
  • Precious
  • The Princess and the Frog
  • A Prophet
  • The Road
  • Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll
  • Sherlock Holmes
  • Southern Softies
  • Spread
  • Film of the Month: Still Walking
  • Film of the Month: Still Walking
  • DVD review: Tarzan after Johnny Weissmuller
  • Tony
  • Treeless Mountain
  • Up in the Air
Last Updated: 20 Dec 2011