Review no 40: Jojo Rabbit, film by Taika Waititi (New Zealand)

FAR EAST, SOUTH ASIA AND AUSTRALASIA **** Early reviews of this 2019 film suggested it was a “Marmite” movie: you were either going to love it or hate it, no half measures. I’d watched Waititi’s earlier features, including the hugely entertaining What we do in the Shadows (2014, a mock reality TV documentary about vampires) […]

Review no 28: Non-fiction (Doubles Vies), film by Olivier Assayas (France)

FRANCE : EUROPE This is no doubt a bit of a niche French film, focusing as it does on publishing insiders wrangling with the reinvention of the industry for the 21st century; it was originally intended to be released with the dire title E-book. I, inexplicably to most, find this kind of subject area quite […]

Review no 18: The Farewell, film by Lulu Wang (China)

FAR EAST, SOUTH ASIA AND AUSTRALASIA China/US film The Farewell premiered at Sundance in 2019, and has received glowing reviews. Lulu Wang, who wrote and directed it, emigrated from China to the USA as a child (like the film’s principal character, Billi, played by insanely talented rapper and actress Awkwafina, who also starred in the […]