Willem Dafoe

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‘It requires something like genius – on Anderson’s part and those of his collaborators – to get such a complex machine whirring so smoothly.’ Photograph: Searchlight Pictures/Twentieth Century Fox

As the boos and the cheers faded after the Cannes premiere of Wes Anderson’s latest, critics began squabbling among themselves about a near-theologica(...)

Olivia Colman and Paul Mescal star in The Lost Daughter, directed by Maggie Gyllenhaal. Photograph: Netflix

“The smell of Venice suffused the night, lacustrine essences richly distilled. Late summer was hot here.” So begins Anthony Powell’s Temporary Kings,(...)

Death Note: A bullied teenager finds a notebook that allows him to kill people

A controversial 2017 horror movie about a high-school student who enters a bloody pact with a death god portrayed by Willem Dafoe is Ireland’s “most p(...)

Moives due to come our way in 2021...

The Covid-19 pandemic has caused a traffic jam of anticipated films for this year as dozens of films shifted from 2020 to a 2021 release Le(...)

Kerry’s own Jessie Buckley in I’m Thinking of Ending Things. Photograph: Netflix

Savour canny acquisitions and ambitious original productions. And catch the classics while you can. They may not be there next month. There h(...)

Restaurant buzz: I miss the noise, the hum, the rhythm and the air of expectation. Photograph: E+/iStock/Getty

I miss my job and can’t wait to get back to it, because that’ll mean restaurants have reopened – Monday’s the day they can start to open their doors a(...)

Army of Shadows: Jean-Pierre Melville’s magnificent French Resistance classic is available on Mubi.

Almost exactly a decade ago, Netflix launched a service that offered one simple answer to one simple question. How do you get people to pay for video (...)

Robert Pattinson in The Lighthouse. Photograph: A24 Pictures

“Doldrums. Doldrums,” warns Willem Dafoe’s salty lighthouse keeper, Thomas Wake. “Eviler than the Devil. Boredom makes men to villains.” Following on(...)

Robert Pattinson stars as Ephraim Winslow and Willem Dafoe stars as Thomas Wake in The Lighthouse (2019) Photo: Eric Chakeen/A24

Ahrr, maties! It’s mid-May at the Cannes film festival and the Mediterranean has put on a show for The Lighthouse. Robert Eggers’s briny follow-up to (...)

Abel Ferrara: “Here I am; the guy that made Driller Killer. But that’s the life I got, and I’m going to enjoy it.”

More than any other filmmaker, even those anointed by Cahiers du Cinéma at its peak, the American writer-director Abel Ferrara requires a degree of Fr(...)

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