If you’re a regular follower of my Czech Film Review blog you’ll know that I have a long-standing beef with movies based on the works of Michael Viewegh. I hate them so much that I’m kind of addicted to them. Not only are they sexist, ageist and homophobic, they’re also just so damned mean-spirited, with a nihilistic attitude towards human relationships. Perhaps the subtleties of Viewegh’s writing don’t adapt well to the screen, but from the film adaptations Viewegh appears to hate all his characters, especially women. What makes him such a black-hearted misanthrope? It’s like a puzzle I need to solve. So I arrived at Those Wonderful Years That Sucked, based on Viewegh’s semi-autobiographical novel of the same name.
Kai-Ming Chow reviews Jan Němec’s film Diamonds of the Night (Démanty noci) released in 1964. Some insight into one of the films of old.Based on Arnošt Lustig’s novel Darkness Has No Shadow, Jan Němec’s first full-length feature, Diamonds of the Night, is a visceral experience that shouldn’t be missed. Right from the jump, the film hooks you with an incredible sequence that follows two young boys escaping a train heading towards a concentration camp. The whole scene is shot in one continuous take as the camera closes in to capture the desperation on their faces. By this point, it’s clear that the goal is to put the viewer in the state of mind of these characters as they struggle to
Later this year, Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter will appear in Bill & Ted Face the Music, almost thirty years after their last outing as the airheaded rockers, Wild Stallyns. Reeves can seemingly do no wrong these days but the omens and the trailer don’t look good. Alex Winter may have had a quiet couple of decades career-wise, but Reeves has become a cultural icon, the internet’s favourite celebrity nice guy, and has been kicking ass well into his fifties and making it look easy in the John Wick movies. So why does he need to give a belated victory lap as the character that helped make him a huge star? It rarely fares well… Take a look at Dumb