Breaking the Waves: Criterion Collection

May 12, 2014

With Breaking the Waves (1996), Danish filmmaker Lars von Trier finally broke through into North America after several early efforts that were exercises in style more than anything else. This film saw him taking a page from the cinema of John Cassavetes... 


February 13, 2006

It has been said that there is a fine line between genius and madness and this is certainly epitomized by the protagonist of Mike Leigh’s Naked (1993), a scathing, uncompromising portrait of an angry young man. Does genius preclude or cause madness?... 

Career Girls

February 4, 2006

One of the hallmarks of Mike Leigh’s cinema is that he has always been an astute observer of human behaviour and relationships that borders on cinema verite. He’s a fantastic observer of life, the way people talk, act and interact with one another... 

From Hell

June 12, 2003

We question the wisdom of giving Daz a film about Jack the Ripper, someone he has followed and idolised for years. We decided what the hell, let’s treat it as an experiment and see what he does. For some reason I’ve always had an interest...