FOEC is back (sooner than expected!) with a double-review episode in which Sandy, James and Jeremy discuss two new films from one of their favourite filmmakers, Werner Herzog. First up is Lo & Behold, Reveries of the Connected World, which is currently playing in UK cinemas, then Into the Inferno, which is now available on Netflix and in limited cinematic release. We close out this episode with a discussion of the thematic through-lines in Herzog's recent documentaries and we give recommendations for next steps in exploring Werner Herzog's documentary catalogue.Read More
FOEC went to the 60th BFI London Film Festival in October and came away with a bumper-episode's-worth of films to talk about! Sandy and Jeremy are joined in this episode by the very wonderful Liz, a veteran attendee of LFF with a nose for the outstanding films in the festival's massive programme. As this episode will show, the strength of LFF's line up this year puts to bed any mutterings that 2016 is a sub par year for cinema.Read More
Whether you speak a language other than English or simply like a little light reading to go with the flickering images of pert buttocks and scurrying chickens, here are the must-see foreign language films coming to British and American cinemas this year.Read More
We're almost a week into the new year and, in addition to the usual health related self-improvement and language-learning resolutions, I've resolved to achieve four simple but important things that will make me a better, healthier cinephile by the end of 2016. Appreciating cinema is like practicing a sport: it takes a concerted effort to get past certain milestones and overcome certain obstacles. So come on, 2016, let's dance...Read More
How did your past year in the cinema sound? Mine sounded bloody fantastic! To close my retrospective of the year’s best cinema and cinema-ephemera, I’ve turned my attention to the film scores that stood out from the crowd in 2015. Follow the jump to listen to my 54-minute mix of the sonic landscape that crept into British cinemas this year.Read More
In the wreckage left by any Best Of list there can always be seen the twinkling of gems that, for one reason or another, just didn't shine as brightly as those that made the ascent to Top 30 (etc.) Here are some of those minor or imperfect but notable films that hit UK cinemas in 2015, as well as my favourites from the last Oscar race, here referred to as the Awards Season Hangovers.Read More
I begin my top 30 films of 2015 with a countdown of 15 must-see foreign language films released in UK cinemas this year.
But isn't every language foreign to someone? .... errrmm ... yes, but that's besides the point!Read More