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Isabel Stevens

Isabel Stevens
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3/5 100% Black Pond (2011) Black Pond is an adventurous offering from first-time directors on a small budget.‐ ViewLondon
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3/5 No Score Yet Amnesty (2011) Director and writer Bujar Alimani who refreshingly favours an understated approach in this subtle romance.‐ ViewLondon
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3/5 50% Music from the Big House (2012) When the camera does stray beyond the stage, the cramped, grim conditions are laid bare, the film's lyrical black and white cinematography arrestingly capturing the bleak prison landscape.‐ ViewLondon
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2/5 No Score Yet Molina's Ferozz (Ferozz: The Wild Red Riding Hood) (2010) A gruesome, cheap-thrill-seeking fantasy, Ferozz Wild Riding Hood strives to be a wild and surreal dark fairytale, but ends resembling a soft-porn panto.‐ ViewLondon
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3/5 No Score Yet Leaving Baghdad (2012) These scenes make for both shocking and uncomfortable viewing, but where the film really excels is in the grim but real picture it paints of illegal immigration.‐ ViewLondon
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3/5 89% When China Met Africa (2010) The film's cinematography is undoubtedly its strength.‐ ViewLondon
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4/5 100% Hell and Back Again (2011) An incredibly brave piece of filmmaking, worth watching for the brutal insight it offers onto life on the frontline.‐ ViewLondon
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4/5 83% Bonsái (2012) A script full of quirky deadpan moments never allows the film to become too ponderous. The intriguing, oddball protagonists are the biggest draw.‐ ViewLondon
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4/5 86% The Yellow Sea (Hwanghae) (2011) The Yellow Sea is a genre film that has more to offer than just a high body count.‐ ViewLondon
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4/5 97% Oslo, August 31st (2012) This is undoubtedly a bleak film, but it never verges into grim - it's more of a melancholic Before Sunrise-esque city tour.‐ ViewLondon
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4/5 88% This Our Still Life (2011) Hardly critic-friendly or crowd-pleasing. Instead This Our Still Life is risk-filled, innovative and larger than life.‐ ViewLondon
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2/5 62% Parked (2012) All of the actors put in perfectly acceptable performances but none can do much about the brittle plot-fodder stereotypes they are forced to work with.‐ ViewLondon
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4/5 90% Prezít svuj zivot (teorie a praxe) (Surviving Life (Theory and Practice)) (2010) While the film may lack money, it's by no means short on imagination.‐ ViewLondon
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4/5 65% We Have a Pope (2012) Pitching him as an existentialist fugitive who drifts round department stores and into bars trying to reconnect with the world again, Piccoli's performance takes the film to a very sombre place.‐ ViewLondon
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5/5 85% Mysteries of Lisbon (2011) This is a film to lose yourself in. Despite its extremely long running time, it is an utterly intriguing and beautifully-shot labyrinth.‐ ViewLondon
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5/5 94% A Useful Life (2011) A charming ode to the big screen.‐ ViewLondon
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4/5 73% The Nine Muses (2011) The Nine Muses is a beautiful, elegiac cinematic poem that demonstrates a highly inventive and singular approach to the treatment archive footage.‐ ViewLondon
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4/5 89% Patience (After Sebald) (2012) How do you unpick a literary work with a film camera? Ideally with plenty of imagination, which is what Gee has done here.‐ ViewLondon
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3/5 94% Girl Model (2012) There is no glamour in this film; a low-key observational approach, keeps judgement and hard-hitting shock tactics at arms length.‐ ViewLondon
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73% Hadewijch (2010) Hadewijch is a thoughtful piece of raw, austere filmmaking.‐ ViewLondon
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3/5 No Score Yet Id:a (2012) [Christiansen's] psycho drama-cum-thriller is most effective at the start, as Christiansen keeps the camera close to his nameless heroine.‐ ViewLondon
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2/5 45% The Adopted (Les adoptés) (2011) Has all the hallmarks of a trying-too-hard-to-be-playful indie: freeze frames of characters posing glumly in playgrounds, slo-mo hospital sequences, along with a few too many close ups and cute kiddie scenes.‐ ViewLondon
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3/5 87% Carancho (2011) Visually and viscerally, the film makes for a chilling and sobering 107 minutes.‐ ViewLondon
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3/5 87% Khodorkovsky (2011) Frank and revealing.‐ ViewLondon
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2/5 33% A Man's Story (2012) Hanging out with Ozwald Boateng for 98 minutes feels far too long as he is rarely probes about either himself or his profession, and as a result his film often resembles a drawn-out reality TV show.‐ ViewLondon
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4/5 99% Bill Cunningham New York (2011) Press mainly sits back and watches, but occasionally probes the contradiction that is Bill Cunningham - and the results are fascinating.‐ ViewLondon
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5/5 97% This Is Not a Film (2012) Out of his terrible predicament and the confines of his apartment, Panahi has produced a remarkable film.‐ ViewLondon
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3/5 83% Corpo Celeste (2012) A good performance from newcomer Yile Vianello as Marta holds much of the film together.‐ ViewLondon
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3/5 67% Edge (2012) The film is most heartfelt when it veers off its heavily-plotted course to linger on narrative fragments.‐ ViewLondon
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5/5 90% Breathing (2012) Thomas Schubert's turn as Roman that is the stand out feature of the film; everything from his boyish face and vacant stare to his withdrawn body language is entirely convincing.‐ ViewLondon
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4/5 72% Disneynature African Cats (2011) It's just a shame you can't turn the voiceover off and tone down some of the orchestral accompaniment - the African Cats footage itself is dramatic enough alone.‐ ViewLondon
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5/5 100% Lawrence Of Belgravia (2012) Lovingly photographed with plenty close ups of graffiti sprayed walls, gig posters and vinyl covers, Kelly's film also captures London imaginatively.‐ ViewLondon
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98% Court (2015) Court isn't a typical courtroom drama.‐ London Review of Books
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83% Leviathan (2013) Exhilarating, disorienting.‐ London Review of Books
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2/5 76% Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai (2012) The emphasis throughout is not on action, but melodrama - with a rather long and overstated middle section devoted to Monotome's backstory which has little dramatic tension. ‐ ViewLondon
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3/5 33% Hara ga kore nande (Mitsuko Delivers) (2012) Just like its feisty protagonist, Ishii Yuya's film is one of a kind (albeit perhaps not the kind for everyone).‐ ViewLondon
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4/5 63% Faust (2013) If you like your cinema absurd and grotesque, Sokurov's Faust won't disappoint.‐ ViewLondon
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3/5 67% If I Want To Whistle, I Whistle (2011) For its atmosphere, gritty realism, and acute social commentary, If I Want to Whistle, I Whistle should be applauded.‐ ViewLondon
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4/5 88% The Turin Horse (2012) Every frame could be a photograph - not because he prefers lengthy, distant takes (his camera is surprisingly mobile and inquisitive for a 'slow cinema' director) but because each frame is perfectly composed with care.‐ ViewLondon
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4/5 100% Planet of Snail (2012) Planet of Snail could totally re-orientate your perspective on life.‐ ViewLondon
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4/5 96% Silent Souls (2011) Grief is handled here in a such a restrained and unusual way that is rarely seen in cinema.‐ ViewLondon
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95% National Gallery (2014) Some of the film's most fascinating moments pay tribute to the gallery's technical prowess and craftsmanship.‐ Sight and Sound
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3/5 96% Marina Abramovic: The Artist Is Present (2012) This insightful, rather than uncritical, documentary justifies its place on the big screen.‐ ViewLondon
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100% The Prince of Nothingwood (2017) This is not just a crowd-tickling portrait of a fascinating, charismatic individual who cares more about cinema than safety. Shaheen and his small crew and cast don't just film in war zones, they also use real guns and bullets. ‐ Sight and Sound
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2018
88% The Desert Bride (La Novia del Desierto) (2018) Sergio Armstrong's widescreen and often symmetrical cinematography frames the two in arresting and vivid ways, taking full advantage of the lonely streets of the town and the bleak, epic expanse of the surrounding desert.‐ Sight and Sound
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2018
100% Montparnasse Bienvenue (Jeune femme) (2017) Snappily edited, and shot with intimacy and imaginative framing, the energetic Jeune Femme also skips along to a suitably spirited but melancholic electro soundtrack from composer Julie Roué. ‐ Sight and Sound
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2018
97% I Am Not a Witch (2018) There are some bombastic aural stylistic choices too, with Vivaldi and Estelle rubbing shoulders on the surprising soundtrack. While the satire occasionally feels too blunt, overall the film offers a rush of originality, energy and ambition.‐ Sight and Sound
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97% The Rider (2018) The occasional lyrical music that over-pounds the film's mournful tone. Nevertheless, it's a remarkable achievement from both Zhao and all her actors.‐ Sight and Sound
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94% The Red Turtle (La tortue rouge) (2017) The depth and texture on show here - conjured from a surge of pencil marks and watercolour washes - is remarkable. The film is a must for the big screen.‐ Sight and Sound
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2017
79% The Beguiled (2017) If Siegel's 1971 film offers a battle of the sexes, Coppola's 2017 update foregrounds a hard-won utopia.‐ Sight and Sound
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2017