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Paul Risker

Paul Risker

Paul Risker (Film Critic and Editor)
An eccentric outsider and tea enthusiast toiling as an independent scholar, film critic and editor

Paul Risker is an English born scholar, film critic and editor with a postgraduate Masters in Film Studies. He regularly contributes to Film International, Cineaste Magazine, Little White Lies, Aesthetica and Flux Magazine. He has also written for VideoScope, Starburst Magazine and has interviewed for FILM4 FrightFest. Only recently he joined the advisory board of Mise-en-scène: The Journal of Film and Visual Narration, the official film studies journal of Kwantlen Polytechnic University in which he’s the section editor for interviews, genre cinema and film festivals.

He believes in a serious approach towards film criticism preferring contemplative over reactionary film criticism as a means to reveal the soul of a film and its filmmaker. His has been described as being philosophically inclined and possessing a spirit of critical inquiry by two of his editors, while his work has been described as precise and important. This critical inquiry he has sought to carry over into his published interviews with a diverse range of filmmakers and actors that include: Pablo Larraín, Tobias Lindholm, Kim Longinotto, Bruno Dumont, Pilou Asbaek, Barbara Crampton and Doona Bae amongst others.

Through his writing he has continued to nurture an interest in the triangular relationship of the film, the filmmaker and the audience, specifically the latter’s part in completing a film and also the transfer of ownership of a film. Additional interests include the transformationl nature of the creative process, and the way in which art shapes our understanding of our past, present and future. He now uses DMovies as a platform to offer thoughtful critical discussion and offer a new perspective on known and unknown gems of cinema.

You can e-mail Risker at paulrisker@hotmail.com.


Other posts by Paul Risker
Our dirty questions to Christopher MacBride
The Canadian director talks about his second feature FLASHBACK, escaping “development hell” in Hollywood, and how we’re forced to perceive the world a certain way – in an exclusive interview. [Read More...]

Turn off the sound but DO NOT cover your eyes!
Irish helmer Damian Mc Carthy talks about his horror feature CAVEAT, making "three films" at once, and shares a very peculiar tip on how to deal with scary scenes – in an exclusive interview. [Read More...]

Caveat
Claustrophobic Irish horror about hapless man tempted by the lure of easy money gets under the skin of viewers, while also echoing the rabbit hole trope - on VoD on Thursday, June 3rd [Read More...]

Our dirty questions to Agnieszka Holland
The iconic Polish filmmaker talks about her latest feature CHARLATAN, and reveals her enduring passion for blending pleasure with pain - in an exclusive interview [Read More...]

Kids and grown-ups love it so!!!
Director of adult fantasy PSYCHO GOREMAN Steven Kostanski talks about the need to change the hype-culture around movies and keeping our inner child alive – in an exclusive interview [Read More...]

Psycho Goreman
Humour hooks us in a subversive and non-sanitised slice of nostalgia, as the fate of the universe is decided in small-town America - out on Thursday, May 20th [Read More...]

Different blokes different strokes!
Irish filmmaker Eoin Macken talks about adapting Rob Doyle’s novel HERE ARE THE YOUNG MEN, the challenges transposing literary lexicon and structure onto the silver screen, toxic masculinity and much more - in an exclusive interview [Read More...]

Here are the Young Men
In the hedonistic last breath before the tragedy of adulthood strikes, Irish teens challenge the moral authority of religion - out now on VoD [Read More...]

Real-life horror begets film horror
Indie British filmmaker Corinna Faith explains why her debut feature, the horror flick THE POWER, is a response to stories of institutional abuse - in an exclusive interview [Read More...]

The Power
The night shift in a near empty and crumbling hospital in 1970s' Britain is not cheapened by juvenile jump scares in this atmospherically captivating indie horror – streaming exclusively on Shudder. [Read More...]

What if the director is a murderer?
Indie American filmmaker Gillian Wallace Horvat talks about her feature debut: I BLAME SOCIETY, a dirty horror story in which she plays herself committing murder, and questions the ideology of filmmaking - in an exclusive interview [Read More...]

Wilderness
A jazz musician and his lover find their love affair hitting the rocks on the Cornish coast, in a captivating British drama with withs in the French New Wave and Italian Neorealism - available to stream and download [Read More...]

Our dirty questions to the Canadian helmers
Independent Canadian filmmakers Madeleine Sims-Fewer and Dusty Mancinelli talk about their debut feature Violation, drawing from their own experience of abuse and why they take no pride in being filmmakers, in an exclusive interview. [Read More...]

The Mauritanian
True life account of a detainee in Guantánamo Bay exhibits a country struggling to find its soul - streaming now on Amazon Prime [Read More...]

Telling a different story, French style!
As part of our Peter Greenaway series, Paul Risker discusses the director's refusal of narrative devices, and his affinity to French filmmakers [Read More...]

Enough council estate and period dramas!
British-based filmmaker Ed Morris leaves behind advertising and music videos in order to find a bigger canvas; he talks about his debut feature How to Stop a Recurring and how Brits are "hung up" on certain topics, in an exclusive interview. [Read More...]

Dreams on Fire
We hold our breath fearing the fragile dream of the young dancer in this impassioned love letter to the aspirational journey, set in Tokyo’s urban dance scene – from Glasgow Film Festival [Read More...]

How to Stop a Recurring Dream
Older sis runs off with younger sis on a very peculiar mission, in this British blend of road movie and kidnap thriller - available now on Digital [Read More...]

Imperfection is spectacular!
New York City based filmmaker Karen Cinorre who dreams of "world building", talks about her debut feature Mayday, in an exclusive interview. [Read More...]

School’s Out Forever
This dystopian British drama has a satisfying amount of violence and carnage, mixed with laughter and emotion, yet ends disappointingly - on Digital on February 15th and on DVD and Blu-ray on April 12th [Read More...]

Mayday
Sadness and our inner daydreamer are the central pillars of this American drama with hints of the Wizard of Oz - from Sundance and the International Film Festival Rotterdam [Read More...]

The Queen of Black Magic
Indonesian horror haunted by mistakes of rhythm and tone becomes all bark and no bite - exclusively on Shudder now. [Read More...]

Bloody Nose, Empty Pockets
The closing night of a Las Vegas dive bar offers a glimpse into the American soul, in this captivating blend of documentary and fiction - now on all major VoD platforms [Read More...]

Il Mio Corpo
Sicilian docudrama about two young men on the margins of society encourages empathy over recrimination of immigrants - in cinemas and exclusively on Curzon Home Cinema on Friday, December 11th. [Read More...]

Cocoon (Kokon)
German drama captures the raw emotions and the ignorance of youth to their impending existential crisis - in cinemas and on VoD platforms on Friday, December 11th [Read More...]

Motherland (Gimtine)
Lithuanian woman returns home to find out that spiritual ethnicity cannot be reunited with the physical space - watch it this December only with ArteKino [Read More...]

The Dawn (Zora)
This Croatian dystopia set in a small village will haunt audiences long after its last image – from the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival [Read More...]

Love Song 1980
A man and a woman fall in love and become inseparable, in a Chinese movie that feels just too literary for its cinematic broad-brush - from the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival [Read More...]

Sanremo
A touching Slovenian drama set in a nursing home explores the fragility of memory and the fleeting nature of love – from the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival [Read More...]

Two British women and the intimacy of trauma
Writer-director Catherine Linstrum and actress Emilia Jones speak about the psychological drama NUCLEAR, in exclusive interview [Read More...]

Nuclear
Psychological-drama sees a teen and her mother stranded on the outskirts of a remote village in Northern England, in a meticulous and thoughtful representation of trauma – out now on VoD. [Read More...]

Woman of the Photographs
Twisted blend of horror, comedy and romance strikes the nerve of our dependency on social media - Japanese film premiered at FrightFest [Read More...]

Let’s Scare Julie
This single-shot American horror, with its nod to our love of scary stories and pranks, is the perfect late night treat - from FrightFest [Read More...]

Held
A watchable American horror still in search of itself, leaves it to up to us to decide whether we see a woman empowered or a victim of objectification - from Arrow Video FrightFest Digital Edition 2 [Read More...]

Our dirty questions to Jennifer Sheridan
The South London director recognised for her editing work in the television series The League of Gentleman talks about her debut feature: ROSE: A LOVE STORY, in an exclusive interview [Read More...]

On the Rocks
Coppola and Murray reunite and engage with the trials and tribulations of human nature, in a movie that's both funny and meaningful - on Apple TV+ from Friday, October 23rd (and also showing in selected cinemas) [Read More...]

A Common Crime (Un crimen común)
Argentinean drama about young boy ‘disappeared’ by the police is a universal criticism of a society rife with systemic inequality and injustice - on VoD on Friday, April 9th [Read More...]

Wildfire
Northern Ireland’s past is presented as an uneasy, yet emotionally rewarding story of sibling relations – from the BFI London Film Festival [Read More...]

Saint Maud
British horror avoids possession cliches in order to create a truly original piece of filmmaking transcending genre and emotions - now available on VoD [Read More...]

A Perfectly Normal Family (En Helt Almindelig Familie)
A husband and father reveals that he’s transgender, ripping apart his family’s concept of normality - in cinemas from Friday, October 2nd. [Read More...]

Violation
Trauma, sibling tension and distrust are the pillars of this unforgettable and unnerving Canadian set tale of revenge - now available on Shudder [Read More...]

When hate begets hope
Czech director Václav Marhoul talks about finding hope in the disturbing cruelty and violence of The Painted Bird, his adaptation of Jerzy Kosinski’s controversial novel – in an exclusive interview. [Read More...]

200 Meters
A father separated from his wife and children by the West Bank Wall must undertake a 200 km odyssey to be at his son’s hospital bed - from the BFI London Film Festival [Read More...]

Films are chapters of my life
Luc Roeg, son of the late director Nicolas Roeg talks about his one time onscreen role in his father’s cult classic Walkabout, emotion as a filmmaker’s holy grail, and film as the chapter in one’s life - in an exclusive interview. [Read More...]

Walkabout
Nicolas Roeg’s cult classic, a powerful and uncomfortable coming-of-age drama is now available on limited edition Blu-ray [Read More...]

The Swerve
Slow-burn drama makes us feel the grind and the haunting pain of a woman’s psychosis following a fatal car accident - from the FrightFest Film Festival [Read More...]

Sputnik
Russian movie offers a ferocious and menacing addition to the alien genre - streaming on Digital and selected cinemas in the UK, and on Digital and Cable VoD in the US from Friday, August 14th. [Read More...]

Papicha
Mounia Meddour’s semi-autobiographical Algerian Civil War drama Papicha is an unnerving account of history in the shadow of Donald Trump – streaming from Friday, August 7th. [Read More...]

Story of a Love Affair (Cronaca di un Amore)
Michelangelo Antonioni’s debut feature, a dazzling piece of narrative cinema, is finally restored, and it is now available on Blu-ray and on demand [Read More...]

It’s not the end of the world!
Australian helmer Josephine Mackerras, director of ALICE, talks about the accusations of not being able to let go of her feature debut and reaching a point of frustration with her ending, and much more - in an exclusive interview. [Read More...]

Life is a Long Quiet River (La Vie Est Un Long Fleuve Tranquille)
Director Étienne Chatiliez’s lethargic satirical comedy is not without charm, but it feels frustratingly quiet and long – on Blu-ray now. [Read More...]

Alice
A happily married Parisian wife takes control of her life in unexpected ways, in director Josephine Mackerras’s empowering debut feature - on VoD from Friday, July 24th. [Read More...]

Make Up
A young woman encounters a sexual awakening after finding traces of smeared lipstick and a strand of red hair, in director Claire Oakley’s compelling psycho-sexual debut - in cinemas and on Curzon Home Cinema from Friday, July 31st; on BFI Player in November [Read More...]

Zombie for Sale (Gimyohan Gajok)
Director Lee Min-Jae reframes the zombie as a fountain of youth or elixir of life, rather than an harbinger of walking death – on Blu-ray now and streaming on the Arrow Video channel [Read More...]

Cold head, warm heart!!!
Hlynur Palmason, the director of A WHITE, WHITE DAY, talks about trying to keeping his head cold and heart warm, and following intuition rather than exposition, and much more in an exclusive interview [Read More...]

A White, White Day (Hvítur, Hvítur Dagur)
When an off-duty police chief suspects a local man of having had an affair with his late wife, he begins an obsessive search for answers – streaming from Friday, July 3rd. [Read More...]

The Girl With a Bracelet (La Fille au Bracelet)
A teenager is on trial for murdering her best friend in Stéphane Demoustier’s compelling but enigmatic drama - on Curzon Home Cinema from Friday, June 26th. [Read More...]

Cleanin’ Up the Town: Remembering Ghostbusters
A retrospective deep-dive into the making of the 1980s classic GHOSTBUSTERS features never-before-seen archival material – on Digital and Blu-ray now [Read More...]

MS Slavic 7
A woman visits a library in search of letters written by her grandmother, in a curious movie that forces viewers to seek clarity in an ocean of ambiguity - streaming on Mubi now [Read More...]

The Vanishing (Spoorloos)
In this Dutch horror classic, a man searches frantically and obsessively for his girlfriend after she mysteriously disappears - now on VoD, DVD and Blu-ray [Read More...]

After Midnight
A monster becomes a metaphor for violent and painful changes, in this solid piece of genre filmmaking - American horror is now on VoD and Blu-ray [Read More...]

The hands and sounds of horror!
We spoke to Tilman Singer and Simon Waskow, the helmer and the music composer of Luz, one of the most terrifying flicks you will see this year [Read More...]

Luz
A young cab driver is stalked by an ancient demon, in this inventive and dreamy horror movie from Germany, with echoes of David Lynch's Lost Highway - on VoD now [Read More...]

Take Me Somewhere Nice
Teen travels from the Netherlands to Bosnia in order to meet her ailing father, in this tender coming-of-age drama about the experience of immigration - on Mubi from Thursday, May 21st [Read More...]

The man behind the great women
We interview the documentarist Mark Cousins, as he releases his 14-hour cinematic journey through the history of female directors [Read More...]

Women Make Film: A New Road Movie Through Cinema
Female directors search for meaning in the highly subjective world of the seventh art, in Mark Cousins's 14-hour masterclass in filmmaking - on BFI Player in five weekly instalments, starting May 18th [Read More...]

We Summon the Darkness
Three American friends on their way to a remote country house encounter a group of sadistic killers, in this popcorn slasher tearing apart right-wing conservatives - on VoD and DVD [Read More...]

The Wretched
A teen grappling with his parents' imminent separation finds out that a witch is posing as his father's neighbour - on VoD on Friday, May 8th [Read More...]

The time for burning bridges!
The director of superb and lyrical masterpiece FIRE WILL COME talks about making an "essential" movie, filming inside real fires, and crossing the boundaries between commercial and art cinema, in exclusive interview [Read More...]

From fast cars to quiet horses: a wild journey into filmmaking
Nick Rowland, the British director of Calm with Horses, talks about a sudden career change from motorsport to cinema, his latest "hyper-violent" movie and filmmaking fatigue, in exclusive interview [Read More...]

Calm with Horses
In rural Ireland, an ex-boxer uses violence as a currency while also caring for his autistic son, in this complex meditation on sacrifice, kindness and humanity - now also available on Netflix [Read More...]

The dirty secrets of Oliver Hermanus
The director of South African movie MOFFIE, about homosexuality in the army during the Apartheid, pours his heart out as he talks about his insecurities as a filmmaker, trusting audiences, the role of music and much more, in exclusive interview [Read More...]

Sea Fever
Quarantine reveals its monstrous face, in this Irish horror about a marooned fish trawler infected with a horrific parasite - on Digital Friday, April 24th [Read More...]

Harpoon
Dirtylicious twists drive the narrative of this American survival thriller about three friends stranded on a yacht and grappling with tension and trust - from FrightFest [Read More...]

Ready or Not
Grace has to hide from her murderous in-laws immediately after her luxurious wedding, in this American blend of black comedy and horror - now available on VoD [Read More...]

Jellyfish exposes Britain as a disingenuous dystopia
Dirty writer Paul Risker argues that James Gardner’s feature debut is a scathing social and political indictment, bursting their proverbial bubble of a utopian dream of British unity [Read More...]

Assassination Nation
American exploitation movie offers dystopian view of the most powerful country in the world, while also timely echoing Trump's rhetoric of violence and attacks on the press - now also available on Netflix [Read More...]

The Captain (Der Hauptmann)
WW2 drama about German soldier who impersonates a captain blends the beautiful with the monstrous and raises moral questions about our passivity as viewers - on VoD on Monday, October 1st [Read More...]

Allure
When does suffering become a communal duty? Laura is a manipulative female whose hefty demands emotionally drain and sexually exhaust her younger partner, in brilliant Canadian drama - in cinemas Friday, May 18th [Read More...]

On Chesil Beach
Say it with music! English drama set in 1962 uses music as a gauge for emotions and a tool for communication, in a culture where people struggle to express their feelings with words and with clarity - now available on VoD [Read More...]

The Ballad of Lefty Brown
The glory and the pain of cowboy life! Solid western featuring Bill Pullman pays tribute to the exploits of the titular character in the burgeoning and mostly lawless American mythical heartland - now on DVD and VoD [Read More...]

Downrange
The last one to die... American thriller/horror directed by Japanese filmmaker resorts to recognisable devices of the genre, effectively creating an emotional bond between viewers and the hapless victims of a sadistic sniper - out now on Shudder [Read More...]

The Strangers: Prey at Night
Are you into dirty carnal pleasures? Sequel of 2008 slasher doesn't cut any new ground in terms genre innovation, instead indulging in a feast of penetrative violence - available on VoD on Monday, August 20th [Read More...]

Pyewacket
The cruellest demon is never to be seen... Canadian filmmaker understands the power of inference, using our imaginations as a tool to create anticipatory fear in this simple yet effective horror - on VoD and DVD [Read More...]

Lies We Tell
A friendship Byrne out of indifference! Dramatic tale of cultural and inspirational angst comes under the veneer of an action flick, but beneath the surface it's far more nuanced - British movie featuring Gabriel Byrne is out in cinemas [Read More...]

Is this the enfant terrible of Latin American cinema?
In an exclusive interview with Dirty Movies, Chilean director Pablo Larraín discusses the use of silence, humour and other feats of The Club - a controversial movie about child abuse and the Catholic Church in his country [Read More...]

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