Film reviews in English 2020

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Non c’è fine agli effetti collaterali del capitalismo post-moderno. Quando andrà in pensione, signor Loach, sicuramente ci mancherà

Director Ken Loach and screenwriter Paul Laverty have come storming back to Cannes with another tactlessly passionate bulletin from the heart of modern Britain, the land of zero-hours vassalage and service-economy serfdom – a film in the tradition of Loach’s previous work and reaching back to Vittorio De Sica’s Bicycle Thieves. It’s fierce, open and angry, unironised and unadorned, about a vital contemporary issue whose implications you somehow don’t hear on the news…

1917 review – Sam Mendes’s unblinking vision of the hell of war

“April is the cruellest month” is the opening verse of ‘The Wasteland’ by T.S. Eliot, a land that remains dry, rotten and dead without spring’s rebirth and resurrection. April 6,1917 is indeed the cruellest day, as we physically enter the movie’s setting, a landscape that comes directly from Paul Nash’s modernist painting of the WW1 desolated front in which not only the body but also the mind of the soldiers rots. Not to be missed – there is no 007 here to save the world and no American Beauty.