At the Oscars this year the Best Foreign Film category was stacked with many outstanding masterworks, from Roma to Cold War. Yet it could be argued that Capernaum is the best of them all as it is unquestionably one of the best films released in the last year. It paraded around the film festival circuit and won the Jury Prize at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival which is an impressive achievement. Continue reading Frost on Film: Capernaum
Cold Pursuit serves as the latest instalment in an ever-growing collection of Liam Neeson films containing a ‘hard as nails character’, often seeking revenge. Way back in 2008, Taken established this mould to brilliant avail, but it is gradually becoming predictable and unsatisfying.
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Never a Dull Moment At face value, Green Book sounds extremely formulaic and predictable. It is story about two mismatched men forced together by necessity rather than choice, who gradually become close friends. Add into the mix the over-trodden turf of the road trip as the method in which these two men become close, and it seems the film is destined for mediocrity. The fact that … Continue reading Frost On Film: Green Book
An Underwhelming Finale In 2016 Split was released and received good reviews, seemingly placing M. Night Shyamalan’s directorial career back on track, following a rather dire succession of releases. However, while the tale boasted a fascinating killer at its centre suffering from multiple personality disorder, what drew more attention was the end of the film. In its final moments, Split revealed an aged Bruce Willis … Continue reading Frost on Film: Glass
Today, in large part due to Trump’s presidency, the topic of racial hatred seems as prevalent as ever. Films released recently like The Hate U Give or Spike Lee’s brilliant Blackkklansman have attempted to discuss this issue with a loud and angry voice. If Beale Street Could Talk continues this trend but in a more subtle, muted way, elevating intimacy over depictions of racial prejudice. Continue reading Frost on Film: If Beale Street Could Talk
Cinema has always been kind to the fantastical. Whether it be sci-fi or superheroes, there will always be a space for the otherworldly on the big screen, be it another Spielberg classic or the next instalment in the Marvel cinematic universe. But amidst all the CGI madness these films provide, I want to instead focus upon the Italian Neo-Realist school of filmmaking, a movement that originated in post-World War Two Italy.
It is fair to say that Yorgos Lanthimos is no normal director. Ever since the Greek born maestro started making English language films, his unique blend of comedy and surrealist direction has amazed and unnerved in equal measure. With The Favourite, Lanthimos has stayed true to form, envisioning hilariously eccentric scenes from racing ducks to a naked man getting pelted with oranges. Continue reading Frost on Film: The Favourite