Close-Up – Abbas Kiarostami

There have been a veritable few characters in the medium of film who have simultaneously fashioned themselves in undeniably important manners and surpassed even the significance of the films in which they are bound. Perhaps the most obvious example is Charles Foster Kane, a character who managed to blur the boundaries of their own imaginings…

Through the Olive Trees – Abbas Kiarostami

Poetic at its very core, Kiarostami once again manages to convey the distinctions between fiction and reality in Through the Olive Trees. In fact, he goes much further this time creating what can only be described as a faux-documentary about a faux-documentary, thus sealing forever his ambitious will to raise and provoke the questions and…

Inglorious Basterds – Quentin Tarantino

To understand Inglorious Basterds you must first understand the tendencies of the director, Quentin Tarantino. This is not a film based in reality, more an exaggerated what-if example of a historical event, that whilst using ideas of the past contains a modern energy full of vibrant colour and, as seems customary with Tarantino, gore. There is a scene that I like…