Movie Review: Winter Brothers

Set in the dark bowels of Denmark’s rural limestone mines, Winter Brothers is a deeply weird and unsettling film about the beast of isolation. With brutality as its backdrop, it centers on two siblings: the skinny, sensitive, and unstable Emil who struggles for acceptance by his fellow miners, and the normal nondescript Johan, who blames […]

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Movie Review: Don’t Breathe.

It’s always satisfying to see when a low-budget movie is smashing the box office from its first day of release. DON’T BREATHE has no big stars, no fancy location and was made on a small budget, yet it surprised everyone. Although there is no clear recipe to success, like baking a cake, it always helps […]

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Movie Review: Phantom Thread

In Paul Thomas Anderson’s gothically-titled Phantom Thread, Daniel Day-Lewis plays a man as famously exacting as himself: a renowned dressmaker in ’50s London named Reynolds Woodcock. The actor’s approach to his work finds its supreme outlet in the meticulous couturier, whose methods are likewise torturous even as they guarantee his exquisite creations. Anderson’s film dissects Woodcock’s creative genius with Hitchcockian coldness, […]

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Spotlight: Ryan Coogler

Even with the boundless new talent present in cinema today, it would be difficult to find an up-and-coming filmmaker with a track record quite as astonishing as Ryan Coogler’s. With just three feature films under his belt, he has managed to tell three outstandingly engaging and intimate stories, contribute to two major franchises, and thread […]

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Movie Review: Polisse

When I watched “Polisse” a few years ago, it took me a long time to get it out of my head. The story centres on a group of French police officers working in a child protection unit and shows how their work affects them psychologically. Admittedly, the film’s content is very hard-hitting, but if you think you can stomach […]

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What To Do In February.

January has really just zoomed on by, but don’t worry friends – there is so much of 2018 still to come! To make sure you squander no time, we have even made you a little guide to give you some brand new tips on what to do/what to see this month. As usual, expect a […]

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SPOTLIGHT: RACHEL MORRISON

  As of this week, Rachel Morrison has made history. When the list of nominations for the 90th Academy Awards were announced this Tuesday, her name was amongst a collection of cinematographers who have produced exceptional work this past year.  After nearly one century, she is the very first woman nominated for the Oscar for […]

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ÉCU Presents: Mt. Fuji Atami Film and VR Festival.

Our dear Indie Filmmakers, We at ÉCU have a very special introduction to make – please meet our new sister festival the Mt. Fuji Atami Film and VR Festival!  Based in the beautiful seaside city of Atami, the Mt. Fuji Atami Film and VR Festival looks set to become  Japan’s best independent international film festival. […]

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CRITIQUE DU FILM: THE KILLING OF A SECRET DEER

  Plein d’énigmes, le nouveau film de Yorgos Lanthimos nous laisse à la fin avec une question très simple : Pourquoi, de tous les titres, Lanthimos a choisi-t-il « The Killing of a Sacred Deer » ? Cela ne semble pas très pertinent quand on regarde le film, mais en fait, c’est au cœur de sa logique cauchemardesque. Lanthimos […]

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CRITIQUE DU FILM: DANS LE NOIR

  Que faire quand on est un réalisateur plein d’idées mais pas de financement pour faire son film ? On le fait à la maison, avec sa femme pour zéro euro. En tout cas, c’est ce qu’a fait David F. Sandberg. L’idée du film est simple : Lotta Lotsen (la femme du réalisateur) semble voir une silhouette monstrueuse […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: GOOD TIME

  Since Nightcrawler, no film has better distilled American malaise better than the Safdie brothers’ ironically-named Good Time. The film stars Robert Pattinson in a breakout role as Connie Nikas, an on-the-lam criminal in New York City trying to bail his mentally disabled brother Nick out of jail after roping him into a failed bank […]

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SPOTLIGHT: ELISABETH MOSS

  “Acting is not stupid, but it’s a very strange profession, honestly,” confessed Elisabeth Moss more than three years ago, when the last season of Mad Men was about to air. “My job is to get up, and get dressed in someone else’s clothes, and go and pretend that I’m someone else. Who does that?” […]

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CRITIQUE DU FILM: VISAGES VILLAGES

  Tel un délicieux camembert qui se déguste avec du miel, le film Visage Village était sans aucun doute un peu “cheesy” (comme le disent les anglais) mais aussi plaisant à regarder. Dans ce film, nous suivons le couple improbable de réalisatrice Agnès Varda et artiste Jr sillonnant la France et filmant leurs rencontres. Le […]

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SPOTLIGHT: HENRI LANGLOIS

  We couldn’t imagine cinema without the name of Henri Langlois, but somehow not many people know him. He really is a big deal and he might just be the reason why we are able to see À Bout de souffle on Netflix today. It all started when Henri Langlois (1914 – 1977) began a […]

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SPOTLIGHT: Laetitia Dosch

  New to fame, and not yet well enough known, Lætitia Dosch has peaked our interest. Her biographies are short and sweet and the details of her life remain much a mystery. Despite the lack of information, there is clearly no lack in interest in this up and coming actress. In July 2017, during Champs-Elysées […]

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SPOTLIGHT: Laetitia Dosch

  Nouveau à la renommée, mais pas encore assez connu, Lætitia Dosch a atteint notre intérêt. Ses biographies sont courtes et les détails de sa vie restent un mystère. Malgré le manque d’information, il n’y a manifestement aucun manque d’intérêt pour cette actrice à venir. En juillet 2017, lors du Festival du film des Champs-Elysées, […]

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Critique de film: Wind River

Wind River est un des rares films à s’occuper du problème de violence sexuel sur des réserves indiennes et de l’indifférence du gouvernement fédéral. Le film, qui s’axe sur le viol et la disparition d’une jeune amérindienne Natalie (Kelsey Chow) sur le réserve de Wind River, symbolise une plus grande épidémie qui a poussé le […]

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Movie Review: Wind River

  Taylor Sheridan’s latest crime thriller is one of the rare films in mainstream cinema to address the ongoing epidemic of sexual violence on Indian reservations. Set on the Wind River Reservation in Wyoming, it recounts the rape and death of a young Native American woman Natalie Hanson (Kelsey Chow), whose body is found frozen in the […]

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