Shane Danielsen


97 ENTRIES Shane Danielsen is a screenwriter and former artistic director of the Edinburgh International Film Festival.


Emma Stone in ‘Poor Things’


Modern Prometheans: ‘Poor Things’ and ‘All of Us Strangers’

Emma Stone seeks a moral conscience in Yorgos Lanthimos’s upended Frankenstein grotesque, while Andrew Haigh delivers a metaphysical coming-out story

Michael Fassbender in ’The Killer’, sitting in a room cross-legged on a mat, wearing black gloves


Into the streaming void: ‘The Killer’ and ‘They Cloned Tyrone’

David Fincher’s stylish pulp and Juel Taylor’s SF-adjacent satire are the latest riches to be taken for granted in the ever-ready, abundant world of Netflix

Image showing two children walking along underground train tracks


Venice International Film Festival 2023 highlights

Cuban drama ‘Oceans Are the Real Continents’, hypnotic Nepalese debut ‘The Red Suitcase’, and documentary ‘Photophobia’, following those sheltering in Kharkiv’s underground metro stations, are among this year’s stand-outs

Osage women seated in a scene from in ‘Killers of the Flower Moon’


Histories of violence: ‘Killers of the Flower Moon’ and ‘El Conde’

Martin Scorsese’s first Western mishandles its story of colonial exploitation, while Pablo Larraín’s darkly humorous, black-and-white satire delivers Pinochet as a vampire

Writers Guild of America protest in New York, May 10, 2023


Workers’ singularity: AI and the future of art and labour

The Hollywood writers’ strike has put a spotlight on the impact artificial intelligence may have on artistic endeavour

Teo Yoo and Greta Lee in ‘Past Lives’


Close encounters of the shared kind: ‘Past Lives’

Korean debut filmmaker Celine Song’s elegant three-part love story embraces the Buddhist idea of encounters over many incarnations

A young woman in a nightclub, heavily made-up and heavily sweating, stares at something out of frame with a pensive expression


Cannes Film Festival 2023 highlights: part two

Rodrigo Moreno’s transfixing drama ‘The Delinquents’, Molly Manning Walker’s unsentimental coming-of-age film ‘How to Have Sex’ and Spanish veteran Víctor Erice’s ‘Close Your Eyes’ were among the best of the Cannes sidebars

Image showing a group of people standing and sitting together in a green field near a body of water.


Cannes Film Festival 2023 highlights: part one

Jonathan Glazer brilliantly conveys the banality of evil in Auschwitz drama ‘The Zone of Interest’, while Martin Scorsese’s ‘Killers of the Flower Moon’ disappointed

Sean Gunn in ‘Guardians of the Galaxy: Volume 3’


The deep end: ‘Guardians of the Galaxy: Volume 3’ and ‘Infinity Pool’

Comics fan James Gunn delivers the best of Marvel’s overabundance, while Brandon Cronenberg offers a perverse vision of humanity unbound

A drag queen is crouching on stage, surrounded by blue and purple lights.


Berlinale 2023 highlights: part two

Standouts among the sidebars included French crime flick ‘The Temple Woods Gang’, Argentinian comedy of errors ‘Arturo a los 30’ and London-set queer thriller ‘Femme’

Close-up of donkey's face from ‘EO’


Donkey gong: Jerzy Skolimowski’s ‘EO’

The venerable Polish director’s latest film follows a donkey on a moving yet unsentimental journey

Still from Celine Song’s Past Lives, showing actors Greta Lee and Teo Yoo sitting next to each other on a boat, looking at each other.


Berlinale 2023 highlights: part one

The two best films of the festival – Celine Song’s impeccable romance ‘Past Lives’ and Lila Avilés’ sophomore feature ‘Tótem’ – failed to garner awards recognition

Still from Georden West’s Playland showing two shadowy figures sitting on a couch with a white cat between them. The lighting is low with a bluish tinge.


Rotterdam film festival 2023 highlights

Debut features from Georden West, Philip Sotnychenko and Juraj Lerotić were among the best of the program

Still from ‘Babylon’ depicting Margot Robbie held aloft by crowd at a party


Wince upon a time in Hollywood: ‘Babylon’ and ‘Aftersun’

Damien Chazelle’s cacophonous reimagining of silent-cinema Tinseltown, and Charlotte Wells’ beguiling film about mourning

Still from Sebastian Lelio’s The Wonder, showing star Florence Pugh as English nurse Lib Wright in a billowing blue dress walking through the Irish Midlands, while a man follows behind her, carrying an 11-year-old girl.


The best of 2022 on screen

From an Iranian masterpiece lost for decades to a devastating documentary about troubled children in eastern Ukraine, the year on screen was full of surprises