Bristol Film Critics Circle

Tim Hayes for The Critic’s Notebook: A Flag Without a Country (2016)

a-flag-without-a-countryBahman Ghobadi’s new sort-of documentary “A Flag Without a Country” declares itself to be scripted from the lives of its subjects, making it a spiritual cousin of “No One Knows About Persian Cats” – his 2009 film about two Iranian musicians trying to leave the country… Read more 

Why Heathers is the most scathing high school movie ever made


Its focus on eating disorders, rape and school shootings makes this a uniquely subversive teen satire. Georgina Guthrie for Little White Lies. Read More

Video essay: Love Has Its Price: Fassbinder From Antiteater to Melodrama

Love Has Its Price: Fassbinder From Antiteater to Melodrama from Jonathan Bygraves on Vimeo.

By Jonathan Bygraves

Tim Hayes reviews Mr. Nice for The Critic’s Notebook


“How can you declare war on plants,” muses Howard Marks, having become the biggest marijuana dealer in 1980s Britain without really trying and found himself squarely in the law’s crosshair. Read more

In search of lost time: Bryan Singer’s superhero mind games


Let us remember the origin story of Bryan Singer, the greatest of the modern superhero directors, for whom self-knowledge is the ultimate quest and question. Tim Hayes writes for BFI. Read more

‘Welcome to my living room, there are no rules.’ Tara Judah reviews Fireflies


In my living room there is a poster on the wall that says “There are no rules”. Actually, it’s in a house I used to live in, but I like to think that a non-physical version of that poster is on the empty wall in my new home – I don’t care much for decorating and, in the spirit of the poster’s statement, I don’t see why my imagination can’t stand in for an actual poster. Read more

Tara at Berlinale: Maquinaria Panamericana


“Don’t let the day end without having grown a bit… Enjoy the panic of having a life in front of you.” Such is the advice – or perhaps it is a mandate – from the management at Maquinaria PanamericanaRead more

Tara at Berlinale: Eldorado XXI


La Rinconada is bleak; a foreboding mountain, abject poverty and unsafe mines. Cachorreo is the labour system where men work the mines for thirty days unpaid. Then, on the thirty-first day, they are allowed to collect as much ore as they can carry. Read more

Discover this trilogy about being a foreigner in America


How Wim Wenders’ 1970s Road Movie Trilogy captured the romantic lure of American culture.  Read the article

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