Rishaad Aït El Moudden

Rishaad Aït El Moudden

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Arts fundraiser, project manager, film fanatic! Really wish that there was something like this for theatre productions too.

Favorite films

  • Before Sunrise
  • Husbands and Wives
  • Her
  • Kramer vs. Kramer

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  • The French Dispatch

    ★★½

  • Passing

    ★★★★

  • In Your Eyes, I See My Country

    ★★★★

  • A Door to the Sky

    ★★★

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  • Blue Jay

    Blue Jay

    ★★★★★

    I'm an absolute sucker for these kind of films exploring fleeting romantic (re)connection; and Sarah Paulson! She's magnificent to watch in those long close-ups simply reacting.

    It's simultaneously charming, adorable and heartbreaking. It may be monochrome (adding to the sublime nostalgia running through this) but there is so much colour to these people and their lifelong bond. You laugh, smile and cry along with them. They're older and wiser, yet there's a value to the feelings which you hold onto…

  • Carol

    Carol

    ★★★★★

    The film of 2015 that has had audiences, critics and award panels swooning – Todd Haynes’ film of feeling is deserving of all its acclaim. It’s an exquisite, earnest and sophisticated cinematic experience, orchestrated with an immaculately textured touch.

    And what a touch on the shoulder it is that frames this portrait of forbidden love in 1950s New York between Carol (Cate Blanchett), a middle aged domesticated socialite, and Theresa (Rooney Mara), a youthful store clerk and aspiring photographer. Carol’s…

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  • The French Dispatch

    The French Dispatch

    I come as a massive Wes Anderson fan - I'm indifferent to The Darjeeling Limited and Fantastic Mr. Fox, but would class the rest of his filmography as high up in my hierarchy. How disappointing and, frankly, mediocre this was coming in relatively ignorant.

    Where's the charm, the wit, the profound melancholy, the emotional connection and empathy with characters? This is Wes Anderson at his coldest, most procedural and most detached storytelling. For all the plaudits of his singular, inventive…

  • Passing

    Passing

    ★★★★

    Moments in Rebecca Hall's assured and brave directorial debut (which she also wrote the adapted screenplay for) are dominated by whiteness. The screen is often invaded and engulfed by the colour, right to the final frame; be it sunlight glaring in through a window, snowfall, a slow faded transition in time or, at its most blatant, a character. The monochrome cinematography also highlights the shades of these people, in not just their skin colour but their character dispositions.

    It's a…

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  • My King

    My King

    ★★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Never seen a movie so symbolised in its leading man; Cassel continually charms his way back into his marriage after every negligence and dysfunction and destruction and indiscretion (when he stops attempting, the film concludes), and this My King charms its way back into my warm embrace after every little concern I have about it.

    The chemistry between Cassel and Emmanuelle Bercot is magnetic to watch. Bercot is an absolute delight. Overlong and undeniably repetitive, but isn't that what life is?

  • Nail in the Coffin: The Fall and Rise of Vampiro

    Nail in the Coffin: The Fall and Rise of Vampiro

    ★★★½

    I'm often sceptical of wrestling documentaries (most buy into the kayfabe, have agendas or don't depict it with respect) but this a was genuine, truthful and touching. This is an insightful portrayal of the tragedy that wrestlers face in balancing the unforgiving and unsustainable lifestyle - with the lack of an exit strategy leading to so many developing chronic illnesses and early deaths - with the responsibilities of being a parent.

    Vampiro has always been a pretty divisive figure in…