Opera review: Hansel and Gretel – Humperdinck's masterpiece at the Royal Opera House

There is a choice of three ways to tell this tale: you can stick close to the violent and bloodthirsty original fairy tale; you can make it child-friendly by cutting the horror; or you can play it for laughs in the style of a pantomime. The new version at the Royal Opera House takes the […]

‘Roma’ Review: Alfonso Cuarón Has Made a Masterpiece of Humanity and Empathy [TIFF]

Alfonso Cuarón‘s Roma is a singular achievement – a visually resplendent tale of empathy, focusing on a housekeeper in 1970s Mexico, and the family she works and lives with. “The movies are like a machine that generates empathy,” wrote Roger Ebert, and that description is more than apt for Roma, Alfonso Cuarón’s new masterpiece. The most personal film […]

The RetroBeat: Donkey Kong ’94 for the Game Boy is Nintendo’s forgotten masterpiece

Mario has starred in more classics than any other game character, but one of his best games doesn’t get the attention it deserves. In 1994, Nintendo released the Super Game Boy, a cartridge for the Super Nintendo that let you play Game Boy games on your TV. It would even add colors to some games. […]

The ‘Suspiria’ Trailer Reveals Just How Different the Remake is from Dario Argento’s Masterpiece

The Suspiria remake trailer is here at last. It’s a moody, effective, deliberately vague look at Luca Guadagnino‘s upcoming film, which also provides us with our first listen to Thom Yorke‘s score. And it’s also worlds removed from Dario Argento‘s original. Let’s examine how. In case you missed the Suspiria trailer, here it is in all its glory. […]

The Royal Ballets Manon review: A beloved masterpiece

With some of Jules Massenet’s most beautiful and expressive music danced within Nicholas Georgiadis’s huge, dark and deeply evocative 18th-century designs, the work has a depth and complexity involving the whole company. MacMillan surges through Paris’s underbelly dealing with individuals and crowds with equal dramatic impact, telling a tragic tale with a romantic spin. An […]

Four AI composition tools easy enough to soundtrack your film masterpiece

Not only did I film this bit of dog fan fiction, I composed the soundtrack, thanks to technology. (Click here for transcript) (video link) It used to be you could spend an afternoon drumming up a home movie with your little sister, soundtrack it with your favorite mixtape cuts, and upload it to the Internet […]

‘The Devil’s Backbone’: 13 Revelations About Guillermo del Toro’s Masterpiece From an Incredible New Book

Matt Zoller Seitz and Simon Abrams have created a stunning, essential new book devoted to Guillermo del Toro‘s 2001 gothic horror movie The Devil’s Backbone. Through in-depth interviews with del Toro and the cast and crew of the film, the Devil’s Backbone book details both the making of one of del Toro’s best films, and del […]

‘The Post’ Q&A: Streep, Hanks, and Whitford on Making Spielberg’s Latest Masterpiece

Steven Spielberg’s upcoming movie The Post is one of the most vital, compelling pieces of filmmaking of his career. Full reviews are still under embargo, but the early buzz from critics who’ve seen early screenings is overwhelmingly positive. I managed to get into one of those early screenings last night on the 20th Century Fox studio lot, where […]

La Tragedie De Carmen review: Bizet's masterpiece with a twist

His La Tragedie De Carmen left out the Spanish colour of the cigarette factory, children’s and soldiers’ chorus, flamenco dances and gypsies to concentrate forensically on the relationship between the four main characters.  Carmen’s husband, who features in Merimee’s original novel though not in Bizet’s opera, also made a brief appearance.  Wilton’s Music Hall in […]