It’s a film with the most sensational “entrance” scene in modern film history – and the person doing the entering is entirely still. This is also the least cute meet-cute. FBI rookie Clarice Starling is sent to interview notorious incarcerated serial killer Dr. Hannibal Lecter in his glass cell, to see if he can be intrigued, or persuaded, or teased, into helping the agency track down another psychotic murderer, nicknamed Buffalo
Bill, who is still at large.
Horror Movie: A Low-Budget Nightmare
In an attempt to explain the twisted, wigged-out ambition of writer/director Craig Anderson – namely what compelled him to make his feature film debut, the horror movie Red Christmas– there is no better person to refer to than the man himself. Laying himself emotionally bare in the opening reels of Horror Movie: A
Low-Budget Nightmare, director
Gary Doust’s surprisingly delightful two-part documentary about the film-maker’s backbreaking journey to realise his dreams, Anderson gets watery-eyed as he reflects on his life.
Joy is a complicated emotion to capture on screen – particularly when your narrative deals with paralysis, imprisonment and a desire for death. Yet Andy Serkis’s directorial feature debut, about the life of pioneering polio survivor Robin Cavendish, is so full of laughter
that one might easily forget its sombre subject matter. Part exuberant love story, part great escape adventure, this is an old-fashioned tale of triumph over adversity that refuses – like its protagonists – to succumb to confinement. Comparisons with The Diving Bell and the Butterfly and The Theory of Everythingare perhaps inevitable, but one was reminded more of the warmth and wit of the lovely 2014 Edwyn Collins documentary The Possibilities Are Endless.
Call Me By Your Name
There is a moment just before a teenage crush bursts its dam and becomes a fully fledged first love. It’s a moment in which time is briefly sus-
pended; it’s that shiver of uncertainty before you dive over the edge of the waterfall into the kind of love you could drown in. It’s this – the exquisite torture of not knowing if feelings are reciprocated followed by the helpless flood of emotions – that is captured so intensely and urgently in this gorgeous work of yearning. Director Luca Guadagnino has a gift for romance. This adaptation of the novel of the same name by André Aciman, penned by James Ivory, forms the concluding part of Guadagnino’s Desire trilogy, following I Am Love(2009) and A Bigger Splash (2015).