Review: Cowboys and Aliens

By Jonathan Foreman, August 18, 2011

It is its provenance as much as the promise of its trailer that make Cowboys and Aliens such a disappointment. Directed by Iron Man's Jon Favreau, its producers include not only Brian Grazer and Ron Howard, but Steven Spielberg.


Interview: Gilles Paquet-Brenner

August 4, 2011

For France, the Vel d'Hiv round-up on 16 July, 1942, has been buried in unwanted history for almost 70 years.


Chris Weitz: Inspired by my father the refugee

By Stephen Applebaum, July 29, 2011

Chris Weitz could have parlayed his success as the director of Twilight: New Moon into an even bigger film. Instead, he used it as an opportunity to make a small, intimate drama about a Mexican illegal immigrant called Carlos, who does back-breaking work to provide for his teenage son, Luis, while trying to keep him out of the gangs in their poor East Los Angeles neighbourhood.


Review: Captain America: The First Avenger

By Jonathan Foreman, July 28, 2011

The comic-book superhero Captain America was the creation of Joe Simon and Jack Kirby, both Jewish, both the sons of immigrant tailors. He first appeared in print in December 1940. Though it was a full year before the United States was to enter the war, the series took a firmly interventionist, anti-Nazi stance.


Review: Holy Rollers

By Jonathan Foreman, July 7, 2011

There were many moments in Holy Rollers when I wished that it had been made by someone like Danny Boyle. Armed with a good script, the director of Slumdog Millionaire would have been able to convey with conviction the rich strangeness of Chasidic life, the seductive temptations of the drug trade, and all the dilemmas that would confront a young man caught between the two.


Review: The Conspirator

By Jonathan Foreman, June 30, 2011

One of the unpredictable things about the post 9-11 "war on terror" is the way it has inspired so much poor work - heavy handed, smug, ill-informed or even dishonest - by so many well-regarded writers, directors and actors.

From Robert Redford it prompted 2007's confused Lions for Lambs where he played a politics professor to ensure that the audience got the full benefit of his incoherent, 1960


Review: The Round Up

By Jonathan Foreman, June 16, 2011

The Round Up has been a huge sensation in France. It is the first feature film to tell the story of the terrible episode in 1942 when the French authorities carried out a mass round-up of Jews in Paris.

On July 16, some 13,000 Jews were dragged out of their beds in dawn raids by the police. Most of the families were taken to the Vélodrome d'hiver, an indoor stadium near the Eiffel Tower.


The day France betrayed its Jews

By Simon Round, June 10, 2011

On the morning of July 16 1942, some 13,000 Jews were arrested in Paris and sent to internment camps around France. After months of near starvation, the adults and children were separated and deported to Auschwitz.


Review: Angels of Evil

By Jonathan Foreman, May 26, 2011

Filmmakers are more herd-like creatures than most people realise. You can get a sense of this every time there is a spate of studio movies about, say, vampires or volcanic eruptions. But it is not only true of those who work in Hollywood. European, British and US independent filmmakers tend to be equally or even more fashion-bound in their world view.


Review: Hanna

By Jonathan Foreman, May 5, 2011

Joe Wright may well be the most overrated as well as the most feted young British directors working today. His films are visually slick and fast moving, but trite and pretentious as if made by a precocious teenager desperate for people to know he is "cool".