Side Door Cinema

Two masters: the Dardenne brothers

Posted by in Foreign film, Sidedoor

Only seven filmmakers have been awarded the coveted Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival. Few have featured as prominently as Belgian brothers Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne. Each of their seven films to date could be justly described as a masterpiece and their name comes with a guarantee of quality. Yet they have regularly been accused of only making one type of film; something they do not necessarily refute themselves.┬áSo what is it about these elusive siblings that have established the Dardenne brand as a major force in cinema? They…read more

21st century cinema

Posted by in Foreign film, Sidedoor

A few years ago I was pretty ill. Bedridden and couch-ridden for the best part of two months, I began to look for something new to read in between those horrible episodes of sickness. I came across a lead article in a particular issue of Sight and Sound magazine called ’21st Century Cinema’. It was essentially a survey of the key trends and movements in the preceding cinematic decade, finishing with their top 10 films. Off the bat, I didn’t necessarily agree with their list and in actual fact this…read more