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Little White LiesLittle White Lies

Little White Lies March - April 2015

The freshest and most credible voice in film, LWLies is the world's most stunning film source. Honest, unmerciful, relevant - and always beautiful.

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United Kingdom
Language:
English
Publisher:
The Church of London
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the voices

Released20 MARCH Jerry (Ryan Reynolds) is one troubled soul,. Not that you’d know it from his cheesy suburban good manners – a veneer of cheer taken to the next level by the hot pink boiler suit that he wears to work at Milton Fixture & Faucet. His kindly therapist (Jacki Weaver) is happy that he has the social stake of employment, unlike his mother who, by letting go, became the most cacophonous of the personas that haunt her son. His doctor doesn’t know that Jerry has stopped taking his pills and is having nightly conversations with his cat, Mr Whiskers and dog, Bosco. An arrow spins on a colour wheel of humour ranging from the bright-white of hilarity to a dark shade of black. Reynolds voices both his pets. The evil Mr…

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top five

Released13 MARCH The idea of listing one’s top five hip-hop artists is a conversational meme that seems to come out of nowhere in Top Five. Apart from the fact that the work was coproduced by Kanye and Jay-Z, it’s there, we suppose, to represent a nostalgic harkening back to our formative cultural influences. Strange that in such a New York movie, nobody puts Wu Tang on their list – although Tracy Morgan’s character does have Ghostface. Who’s on your top five? This is a movie about reflection. Rock, as writer, director and leading man, casts himself as Andre Allen, a standup turned movie star, famous for blockbusting but artistically bankrupt Hammy-the-talking-bear flicks (“It’s Hammy time!”), now attempting to go serious with an artistically bankrupt and destined-to-flop Haitian revolution epic called Uprize! Breaking…

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john wick

Released10 APRIL Even those who encountered positive notices during John Wick’s US run can be justified in their skeptical. Notwithstanding how awful Keanu Reeves’ track record has been in recent years, the prospect of a hitman-seeking-revenge thriller directed by two stuntmen-cum-directors and written by someone whose only prior credits are tossed-off TV actioners is hardly “bright”. Sometimes, though, the consensus is spot-on. With its cut-to-the-bone visual style and derring-do to introduce an alternate universe (in which various high-concept edges are sanded-down into simple procedures), John Wick is probably the closest any action film has come to marrying Bresson and Bioshock. Better yet that it can show a bit of humility, too. Derek Kolstad’s script finds this seemingly impossible middle ground by starting with only the most essentially, readily identifiable pieces of character-building:…

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lost river

Released24 APRIL This is the stuff that memes are made off. Composed as a series of increasingly abstract non sequiturs, Ryan Gosling’s directorial debut borrows the dirt-smudged suburban decay of Gummo, the macabre eroticism of Blue Velvet, the karaoke kitsch of Only God Forgives and the fuzzy Cajun colloquialism of Beasts of the Southern Wild and boils them down into a mind-boggling fantasia. The dystopian plot loosely concerns a teenager named Bones (Iain De Caestecker), who wears a grubby white tee and permanent confused-frown and strips copper from derelict buildings to support his dear ma (Christina Hendricks), all the while attempting to evade Cadillac-cruising gangland deviant, Bully (Matt Smith). Along the way, Bones discovers a hidden reservoir with a row of street lights penetrating the eerily calm surface. His neighbour (Saoirse Ronan)…

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isao takahata

IN CONVERSATION… Isao Takahata is the director behind such animated Japanese classics as Only Yesterday, Grave of the Fireflies and Pom Poko. He's been one of the top men at Studio Ghibli since the mid-’80s, and the last movie he put his name to was 1999’s comic strip-inspired family comedy, My Neighbours the Yamadas. His latest and possibly last film, The Tale of the Princess Kaguya, is an adaptation of the Meiji Era Japanese folktale, ‘The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter,’ concerning and mysterious young princess who’s life has been accelerated by forces from the spirit world. LWLies: You’ve been working on this project for a very long time. Why did it take so long to come to life? Takahata: This is a famous story that is well known in Japan. There have…

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jauj a

Released10 APRIL A man ambles across a largely barren landscape in search of some unknown destiny. This short description of Lisandro Alonso’s latest feature, Jauja, would also fill in for every one of his previous four, spanning from 2001’s La Libertad through to 2008’s Liverpool, suggesting an artist who is uniquely attracted to lone, primal struggles against the sublime indifference of the natural world. These intimate, inchoate journeys translate as cosmic allegories for the variety and mystery of human existence. They often tap anthropological depths, less celebrations of coarse manhood and more examinations of what it means to be a man. A teenage girl (Viilbjørk Malling Agger) asks that her father, Captain Dinesen (Viggo Mortensen), buy her a puppy, one that will follow her wherever she goes. He says he’ll consider it…

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