June 2017: 10 new movie releases you need to know about

So many films, so little time. CineCola highlights a number of UK (and, possibly, Ireland) theatrical releases for the month of June. 1 – AFTER THE STORM (Hirokazu Kore-eda, Japan) Release date: June 2 (limited, 25+) Japanese filmmaker Hirokazu Kore-eda (Like Father, Like Son) returns to the big screen with the well-received family drama After…

Cannes 2017: 10 highlights of this year’s program

The 70th Festival de Cannes will take place in Cannes, France, on May 17-28. This year’s landmark edition features many-a-great films in its official selection. CineCola took a look at what’s on offer and settled on 10 films that are slightly more mouth-watering than others. (NOTE: This list does not include films of the independent…

May 2017: 10 new movie releases you need to know about

So many films, so little time. CineCola highlights a number of UK (and, possibly, Ireland) theatrical releases for the month of May. 1 – THE JOURNEY¬†(Nick Hamm, UK) Release date: May 5 (limited, 25+) The Journey, directed by Nick Hamm, charts a fictional meeting between adversarial Northern Ireland politicians Ian Paisley, leaders of the Democratic…

10 great films shot by Michael Ballhaus

Cinematographer Michael Ballhaus died on April 11, 2017, at the age of 81. A revered innovator of his craft, Ballhaus worked on countless great movies, many of which resulted out of long lasting collaborations with two directors: Rainer Werner Fassbinder and Martin Scorsese. We pay tribute to his legacy with a list of ten of…

All film criticism should be cognitive

The vast majority of the film criticism of the 21st century is amateurish and deeply focused on story and aesthetics. This can be seen as neither a step up or a step down from the Grand Theory, especially of the period from the 60’s to the 90’s, when a large number of theorists readily borrowed…

10 films you must see if you liked “La La Land”

La La Land by Damien Chazelle was certainly one of the most beloved and successful films of this past cinematic seasons. Having won a number of Academy Awards, this song-and-dance journey through the life-changing romance between an idealistic jazz pianist (Ryan Gosling) and a hopeful young actress against captured the hearts of an international audience.…