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Craig Skinner

Craig is passionate about film and film criticism. Loving a wide range of films he is a keen film festival attendee, enjoying finding new and exciting films from film-makers across the world. Follow him on Twitter @cskinner.

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    Cannes 2013: Short Reviews and Grades Round-Up

    Behind the Candelabra

    It’s rather difficult to assess the overall quality of the films playing at the Cannes Film Festival and compare it with previous years. With films playing In Competition, Out of Competition, in Un Certain Regard, as part of the Director’s Fortnight, Critic’s Week and also in the Market there are hundreds of films playing at the festival […]

    The HeyUGuys Interview: Cannes 2013 – Frank Pavich on Discovering Jodorowsky’s Dune

    Jodorowsky's Dune

    Playing as part of The Director’s Fortnight at Cannes, Jodorowsky’s Dune has been pitched by many as a documentary about the greatest film never made and it’s easy to get on board with this assessment. An adaptation of Frank Herbert’s revered science fiction novel, directed by visionary film-maker Alejandro Jodorowsky and with input from H. R. Giger, Moebius, Dan O’Bannon […]

    Cannes 2013: Blue is the Warmest Colour (La Vie d’Adèle) Review


    Deriving its English title, Blue is the Warmest Colour, from the source graphic novel Le Bleu est une couleur chaude by Julie Maroh, La Vie D’Adele Chapitres 1 et 2 (its French title) is the fifth film from director Abdellatif Kechiche, since his debut in 2000 with La Faute a Voltaire, and it is certainly […]

    Cannes 2013: The Immigrant Review


    We are first introduced to Ewa (Marion Cotillard) and her sister Magda (Angela Sarafyan) as they queue at Ellis Island, having travelled from Poland to America to start a new life. Magda is suffering from tuberculosis and despite her attempts to cover up her coughing it’s quickly discovered and she is sent to the infirmary, […]

    Cannes 2013: All is Lost Review

    All is Lost

    From the Mamet-lite and dialogue heavy Margin Call J.C. Chandor moves onto a very different project for his ‘difficult second album’, the elemental drama All is Lost. Starring just Robert Redford All is Lost is also far removed from the star-studded ensemble cast of Margin Call, offering no other characters beyond Redford – who is […]

    Cannes 2013: Nebraska Review


    Filled with wry humour and pathos by the truck load Nebraska feels like something of a return to a familiar form and a higher standard for Alexander Payne, following his perfectly fine but rather underwhelming The Descendants. Nebraska begins with a shot of a solitary figure, which we later discover is Woody Grant (Bruce Dern), […]

    Cannes 2013: Max Rose Review

    Max Rose

    Directed by Daniel Noah, only his second feature since his debut in 2001, Max Rose premiered at the Cannes Film Festival with dozens of photographers, multiple video cameras and hundreds of highly excitable guests in attendance. Why so much fanfare and a circus like atmosphere for such a relatively small screening? It’s all because of […]

    Cannes 2013: Like Father, Like Son Review


    Hirokazu Koreeda’s latest in a run of tender explorations of family dynamics rests on a rather unusual high concept, the idea of two children being swapped at birth in a hospital and the error not being discovered until much later. The two children, six year-old boys named Keita and Ryusei, have had very different experiences […]

    Cannes 2013: Only God Forgives Review


    Nicolas Winding Refn gained something of a cult following after Drive, his previous team up with Ryan Gosling, and the film even gained the Danish filmmaker a number of fans who would most likely usually favour more mainstream fare. His and Gosling’s follow-up, Only God Forgives, has just premiered at Cannes, playing in Competition, but […]

    Cannes 2013: Monsoon Shootout Review

    Monsoon Shootout

    Adi (Vijay Varma) arrives full of idealistic enthusiasm for his first day as a cop, but he quickly learns that the police force may not be the honest guardians of justice that he thought they were. He’s quickly embroiled in the deep rooted corruption of the police department when he’s instructed to cover up the […]

    Cannes 2013: Inside Llewyn Davis Review

    Inside Llewyn Davis

    The Greenwich Village Folk scene of the early sixties provides the setting for the Coen Brothers’ wonderfully meandering portrait of a struggling folk musician. The folk setting does not define Inside Llewyn Davis (Oscar Isaac) though, Llewyn is in many ways more a representative of artists in general and in particular one struggling to have […]

    Cannes 2013: Behind the Candelabra Review


    Whilst Side Effects has received a lot of publicity for potentially being Steven Soderbergh’s last film, the HBO produced Behind the Candelabra is currently playing in competition at the Cannes Film Festival and will receive a theatrical release throughout Europe next month. ‘TV Movies’ have played Cannes before and they will no doubt play here […]

    Cannes 2013: Takashi Miike’s Wara No Tate Review

    Wara No Tate

    Takashi Miike returns to Cannes with perhaps his most conventional film yet, an overblown but highly entertaining thriller about five cops transporting a despicable child murderer across Japan. Tatsuya Fujiwara, who is perhaps best know in the West for his portrayal of the naive and sweet Nanahara in Kinji Fukasaku’s Battle Royale, plays Kiyomaru, the […]

    Cannes 2013: Donnie Yen Interview – Iceman Cometh, A Sequel and Turning Down The Expendables


    With thirty years working in film and a number of highly successful martial arts movies under his belt Donnie Yen has been at various times an actor, director, producer, action choreographer and even medal winning martial artist. Yen was in Cannes to promote his upcoming film Iceman Cometh 3D and I was lucky enough to […]

    Cannes 2013: La Danza de la Realidad Review

    La Danza de la Realidad

    Jodorowsky returns with his first feature film in over twenty years – his last being the rather disappointing and atypical The Rainbow Thief – the bewitching La Danza de la Realidad (The Dance of Reality). An adaptation of his autobiographical book of the same name La Danza de la Realidad is obviously a deeply personal […]

    Cannes 2013 – The Festival and Gatsby le magnifique

    The Great Gatsby

    “He had thrown himself into it with a creative passion, adding to it all the time, decking it out with every bright feather that drifted his way”. So says Nick Carraway of the titular Gatsby in Baz Luhrmann’s dazzling if flimsy adaptation of the 1925 novel by F. Scott Fitzgerald. The quote also aptly applies […]

    Cannes 2013: Jeune & Jolie Review

    Jeune & Jolie

    François Ozon, the former enfant terrible of French Cinema, returns after his career best In the House with a rather sedate, even if it is occasionally mildly provocative, character study into the sexual awakening of a seventeen year-old girl. Isabelle, the girl in question, is played by Marine Vacth, an actress for who this will […]

    Cannes 2013: Heli Review


    A depressing insight into a poor family in Mexico makes for uneasy if occasionally powerful viewing in Heli, Amat Escalante’s third feature following Sangre in 2005 and Los bastardos  in 2008. Heli is named after its central character, a poor young man who works at a local Japanese Automobile factory and lives with his partner, […]

    Cannes 2013: The Bling Ring Review


    Based on real events and inspired by an article in Vanity Fair, Sofia Coppola’s latest directorial turn concerns itself with those that emulate the kind of characters she has previously devoted whole films to; Dorff’s Johnny Marco in Somewhere, Kirsten Dunst as Marie Antoinette and to a lesser extent Bill Murray’s Bob Harris in Lost […]

    Simon Killer Review

    Simon Killer Poster

    Discussion about the title of a film is not something that generally finds its way into a film review, and with good reason. The title of a film is usually somewhat extraneous to the actual experience of watching the feature and its importance lies outside of the film itself. Much like the marketing that surrounds any production, […]

    The Ozu Collection: The Gangster Films DVD Review


    Following the release last year of a collection of Ozu’s ‘Student Comedies’ by the BFI, reviewed here, this week sees the release of another collection of early silent films from the Japanese master. This new set, titled ‘The Gangster Films’, includes three features, the remaining fragment of a feature and a lecture by Tony Rayns. […]