Author: Derek Malcolm

The Transfiguration and Personal Shopper

You do not expect vampire movies and ghost stories at the Cannes Festival. But this time round we got both. The most impressive of the two new films was New Yorker Michael O’Shea’s The Transfiguration, in which Milo, a black teenager

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Loach and co at Cannes

There are few certainties at Cannes. But one of them is that British veteran Ken Loach will get an ovation for any new film he cares to put before us. The last time he was at Cannes with Jimmy’s Hall,

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Cannes Opener: Café Society

If you never know what you are going to get from Woody Allen, a director who writes notes on an old typewriter which do not always translate into great movies, the same could be said for the Cannes Festival’s opening

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George Routier’s Farrebique was the first Fipresci award at the Cannes Festival and this year there will be a special performance of the film in celebration of the anniversary of both Fipresci itself and the film. Fipresci is the International

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Top 5 Sports Movies

Here are my top 5 sports movies of all time, in no particular order: Zidane: A 20th Century Portrait (2006) No film about sport subtly encapsulates what it means to the individual performer as Douglas Gordon and Philippe Parreno’s Zidane.

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Derek has just been, in August, introducing the British films at the Norwegian International Film Festival in Haugesund; and in September he’ll be taking part in a panel at the Venice Biennale del Cinema; as well, in London, as discussing

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The Hound of the Baskervilles

Having just seen Bill Condon’s Mr Holmes at the Berlin Film Festival, in which Ian McKellen plays a testy 93-year-old Sherlock Holmes upset that Dr Watson had fibbed about his deerstalker and pipe-smoking, it will be curious to see one

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Mr Holmes

Rating: In his book A Slight Trick of the Mind, Mitch Cullin saw Sherlock Holmes as an old man past 90 who regrets the silly legends that have grown around him and, in his rather testy retirement, tries to solve

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Knight of Cups

Rating: Everyone, even the greatest director, is entitled to one bad film. But it is still a shock to discover that Terrence Malick is capable of a rotten egg like Knight of Cups. It presents Christian Bale as a successful

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Diary of a Chambermaid

Rating: Benoit Jacquot’s Diary of a Chambermaid — the fourth adaptation of the Mirbeau novel already made famous on the screen by Renoir and Buñuel — has Lea Seydoux as the young chambermaid, sent from Paris into the provinces to

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