April 2011

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#The pride and the passion: 25 years of the London Lesbian and Gay Film Festival

After a groundbreaking quarter of a century, the LLGFF is still relevant, says programmer Brian Robinson

#Lost and found: The Red House

Filmmaker Charles Burnett remembers the thrills, disturbances and subdued rage of The Red House

#Out of the darkness: Werner Herzog’s Cave of Forgotten Dreams

As his first 3D film Cave of Forgotten Dreams reaches our screens, Werner Herzog talks to Samuel Wigley about primitive man, albino crocodiles and the ethics of 3D

Cover feature: Woody Allen in the 21st century

The received opinion may be that Woody Allen is past his best as a director, but Brad Stevens finds intriguing patterns in his European-set films of the last decade

PLUS Woody Allen talks to James Bell about his latest London-set film You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger

Berlin report: horse latitudes

All the sound and fury of this year’s Berlin festival – from Shakespeare to terrorism to 3D – was left in the shade by Béla Tarr’s minimalist The Turin Horse, says Nick James

PLUS Carmen Gray scours the Forum for hidden gems

Sensual sensibility

Famously protective of his novels, Haruki Murakami has entrusted his 1987 bestseller Norwegian Wood to the Vietnamese-French director Tran Anh Hung, who tells James Bell about capturing the author’s distinctive narrative voice

Under the sign of saturn

The new film Patience (After Sebald) and a recent symposium in Suffolk celebrate the cult of W.G. Sebald, inspiring Mark Fisher to revisit the German-born writer’s East Anglian odyssey The Rings of Saturn

The fugitive

After 30 years of making films in exile in the West, Jerzy Skolimowski is back working in his native Poland – appropriately enough, on the story of a man on the run in a foreign land. The director talks to David Thompson about his new film Essential Killing

Selected reviews

#Film review: Essential Killing

Jerzy Skolimowski’s visceral study of an escaped jihadi’s struggle for survival in the Polish wilds makes a deft mix of involvement and estrangement, says Tony Rayns

#Film of the month: Submarine

Unlike so many other British TV comedians who have made the transition to film directing, Richard Ayoade reveals a distinctive cinematic talent with his debut, the skewed teen romance Submarine. By Isabel Stevens

#DVD: A Blonde in Love

Geoffrey Macnab relishes the humour and humanity of Milos Forman’s film about love in a Cold War climate

#Film review: His & Hers

Ken Wardrup’s elegantly composed portrait of 70 Irish women of all ages – in age order – puts Samuel Wigley in mind of Alan Bennett and Ozu Yasujiro

#Film review: Country Strong

Gwyneth Paltrow battles drink and demons as a foundering honky-tonk singer in Shana Feste’s mostly glib country-music square dance. Nick Pinkerton picks out the positives

Reviews in this issue:

  • Age of the Dragons
  • All American Orgy
  • Anuvahood
  • Arthur and the Great Adventure
  • Ballast
  • Barney’s Version
  • Benda Bilili!
  • Big Mommas Like Father like Son
  • Cave of Forgotten Dreams
  • Chalet Girl
  • Client-9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer
  • The Company Men
  • Film review: Country Strong
  • The Dilemma
  • Drive Angry
  • The Eagle
  • Eleanor’s Secret
  • Film review: Essential Killing
  • Faster
  • Gnomeo & Juliet
  • Film review: His & Hers
  • I Am Number Four
  • Ironclad
  • Just Go with It
  • Justin Bieber Never Say Never
  • Killing Bono
  • A Little Bit of Heaven
  • No Strings Attached
  • Norwegian Wood
  • Oranges and Sunshine
  • Patagonia
  • Paul
  • Route Irish
  • Sanctum
  • Film of the month: Submarine
  • The Rite
  • A Turtle’s Tale Sammy’s Adventures
  • Unknown
  • The Ward
  • You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger
  • DVD: A Blonde in Love
  • DVD: William Ivory hails a quintet of BBC dramas by Jack Rosenthal
  • DVD: Tim Lucas gets Stuart Rosenberg’s WUSA under his skin
  • DVD: The Boy with Green Hair
  • DVD: Brighton Rock (1947)
  • DVD: Broadcast News
  • DVD: The Crowded Day/Song of Paris
  • DVD: Films by Peter Greenaway
  • DVD: Justified – Season 1
  • DVD: The Locket
  • DVD: The Magician
  • DVD: The Man Who Fell to Earth
  • DVD: One Continuous Take: The Kay Mander Film Book
  • DVD: Riot
  • DVD: Senso
  • DVD: The Social Network
  • DVD: Some Mothers Do ’Ave ’Em – The Complete Series
  • DVD: Szamanka
  • DVD: Trouble in Mind
  • DVD: The Valley (Obscured by Clouds)
  • DVD: The War You Don’t See
  • Book: David Jays finds Busby Berkeley’s onscreen precision matched by offscreen personal turmoil
  • Book: Nick Bradshaw enjoys a Chaplin quest by Kevin Brownlow
  • Book: Brad Stevens wishes for more from a new biography of Arthur Penn
  • Book: Kieron Corless is stimulated by a study of “post cinematic affect”
Last Updated: 20 Dec 2011