MOVIE REVIEW: PERSONAL SHOPPER

  “Uncategorizable” is how the Guardian referred to ‘Personal Shopper’ after awarding it five stars. Time magazine also praised it for being a “strange and beautifully made film.” French film director Olivier Assayas won Best Director Award at the Cannes Film Festival last year. The official premiere there was received by an almost five minutes […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: SING STREET

  Sing street tells the story of a teenager called Conor who sets up a band in order to attract a beautiful girl named Raphina that he met on the street. This is John Carney’s third independent musical film since Once & Begin Again. The soundtrack was composed by Danny Wilson frontman Gary Clark, and […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: LOVING VINCENT

  “Loving Vincent” is a film written and directed by Dorota Kobiela and Hugh Welchman and is a story exploring the circumstances of Vincent Van Gogh’s death. The story picks up a year after his death in Arles, where a local Postman named Roulin (played by Chris O’Dowd) asks his son Armand (played by Douglas […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: THE KILLING OF A SECRET DEER

  Though shrouded in enigmas, Yorgos Lanthimos’ disturbing new film leaves a simple question lingering in the mind: Why, of all things, is it called “The Killing of a Sacred Deer”? Seemingly irrelevant as one watches the film unfold, the darkly allusive title is, in fact, at the very heart of the drama’s uncanny logic. […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: LIGHTS OUT

  What do you do if you have a strong idea for a short film but no funding to make it? You make it yourself at home, in your flat, with your wife. This is what David F. Sandberg did anyway. The concept of his story is very simple: Lotta Lotsen (the film director’s wife) switches […]

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MOVIE REVIEW: THE FLORIDA PROJECT

  The emotional power of Sean Baker’s new film The Florida Project is that it wins your heart so completely before it breaks it. Its 7-year-old star Brooklynn Prince plays Moonee, an irresistible ball of energy living with her ex-stripper mother Halley (Bria Vinaite) in a rundown motel called The Magic Castle on the outskirts […]

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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 (2017). 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 following a failed bank heist. As […]

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CRITIQUE DU FILM: INGRID GOES WEST

  Juste comme la série TV Black Mirror de Charlie Brooker, Ingrid Goes West (Matt Spicer, 2017) est un portrait sardonique de l’obsession actuelle par des réseaux sociaux. Son protagoniste, Ingrid Thorburn (Aubrey Plaza) est une fanatique de Instagram qui se nourrit d’illusions d’amitié avec des femmes glamour qu’elle suit. Pleine de ressentiment quand elle […]

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Movie Review: The Killing of a Chinese Bookie

  The Killing of a Chinese Bookie is an American film directed by John Cassavetes from 1976. As a crime film, this one stands out from its genre. The director focuses on each character and defines the individuals in a sentimental way that highlights the soft spot inside of each of them. We dive directly […]

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Movie review: Last Men in Aleppo

  Last men in Aleppo is a brutal, emotionally overwhelming true story of the last humanitarian fighters in Aleppo who risk their lives in a failing society. We follow Khaled (Umar Harah) who is a part of The Syrian Civil Defence also known as The White Helmets – a volunteer organisation that operates in parts […]

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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: Everything, Everything

Stella Meghie (JEAN OF THE JONESES) offers a garden-variety teen romance in her second directorial work, Everything, Everything, following the release of her widely applauded debut feature which explores the chaotic dramatics that follow a large Jamaican-American family in a riotously droll, sharply illuminating generational drama. Although her follow up project is equally audacious in […]

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Movie Review: Wind River

  Wind River is one of the rare films in American cinema to address the problem of sexual violence on Indian reservations and the federal government’s stark indifference to it. Its story of the rape and disappearance of a young Native American woman Natalie (Kelsey Chow) on Wind River Reservation is symbolic of a much […]

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Spanglish

 Français Movies have tried to explain upper-middle class domestic suffocation for a while. Sam Mendes’ American Beauty and the hit prime time TV series Desperate Housewives are a few of Hollywood’s projects that well-captured a portrait of what it meant to be comfortable and bored. I find myself tip-toeing around this subject matter at the […]

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ÉCU THROWBACK REVIEW – BOYHOOD

Français Before trilogy director Richard Linklater brought pillow talk back with a healthy dose of nostalgia and the feels in Boyhood. The film’s intrigue factor is its long running cast and filming, famously spanning its storyline over twelve years and using the same actors in their aging element. But this happens to be the cherry on top of a […]

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ÉCU’s Special Screening at Café Coutume

ÉCU’s Special Film Screening at Cafe Coutume took place at 47 rue de Babylone, 75007, Paris on Tuesday, November 15 · 7:30pm – 10:00pm. ÉCU showcased 5 films from its 2011 festival Never Winter Invertebrate Urban Sounds Todor and Petru Le Miroir The event was a great success, with projections of some of our favorite […]

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Independent Cardiff

Cardiff – a tiny city, but expanding and building in confidence every day. A city where if you want to do something, you can make it happen. Nowhere typifies this more than Chapter Arts Centre. Want to try your hand at stand up comedy? Ask at the fortnightly amateur comedy show. Fancy playing obscure board […]

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Interview with ÉCU alumni Yonathan Levy

Yonathan Levy is a rising Israeli/French filmmaker who won ÉCU 2010′s Film of the Festival (Europe’s Best Independent Film 2010) with his touching film, Das Kind. ÉCU caught up with him at a recent screening of his film at La Mémorial de la Shoah here in Paris. 1. How did it feel to win ÉCU […]

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