King Lear (2008)

An eminently well-performed staging of King Lear. Ian McKellan stuns in a fantastic turn at the title role, but Philip Winchester also does very admirable work as a magnificent Edmund. Sylvester McCoy also did magic with McKellan, they played very well off each other and it was difficult to take eyes off McCoy’s magnetic performance…

King Lear (1910)

Fascinating short film adapting King Lear. The hand-tinted colouring is striking, otherworldly, the quality of the transfer and the level the performances are pitched at, the tight constraint of the frame, all coming together to make a dreamlike, fairytale-esque take on the tragedy. The story is extremely condensed but the performances do an admirable job…

King Lear (1606) by William Shakespeare

A timeless tale of renunciation and insanity. How mad is it for a play to muse over the powerlessness and ineffectiveness of language? But that’s how King Lear begins, with Cordelia’s refusal to bandy about words for the sake of it (”Unhappy that I am, I cannot heave / my heart into my mouth”), for…

The Village of Stepanchikovo (1859) by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Bit toothless and rote for Dostoyevsky, though I appreciate why he’d be wary at this time of his writing life. Some of the social farce works, but it lacks Dostoyevsky’s usual pathos. There’s arguably some development of archetypes Dostoyevsky is honing here, but all the rug-pulling dulls much consistent development. Enjoyable enough, but inessential. Three…

Blade Runner 2049 (2017)

There’s no saxophone in Blade Runner 2049. There’s barely any Harrison Ford. The aesthetic are strikingly different from the original film. More or less gone are the pervasive cramped neon-drenched streets, the melded Asian aesthetic, the acoustic instrumentation. Hampton Fancher may have been a writer on both films, but 2049 isn’t a sparse moody tone…

Blade Runner 2048: Nowhere to Run (2017)

The third and final of the online prequel short films released in the lead-up to Blade Runner 2049’s release. Ridley Scott deployed a similar marketing strategy with Prometheus and Alien: Covenant. His son Luke Scott directs this particular prequel, the closest chronologically to the Blade Runner sequel itself, directed by Denis Villeneuve. Like the other…

Blade Runner 2036: Nexus Dawn (2017)

Instead of endless spoiler-filled trailers, Ridley Scott likes to push short online film prequels. He did so with Prometheus and Alien: Covenant, and he does so again here, in a film he didn’t direct but was indeed involved with. It’s actually his son that directed this prequel, and the one chronologically after it too. The…