Review: VALERIAN

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets is an independent French film which has been playing in multiplexes across the globe. And though it may be the John Carter sequel that only a few of us wanted, its failures are noble. There is a complex space opera narrative, the gist of which is well... Continue Reading →

Review: DUNKIRK

‘Now that’s why I voted leave!’ - woman leaving the cinema, fists aloft, yelling. SPOILERS WITHIN Dunkirk is a highly cerebral film which explores the strange rituals of the military and the dehumanising process of war. In it, director Christopher Nolan delivers set pieces that are hard to believe could be achieved. In it, Hans Zimmer... Continue Reading →

WILLEM WEDNESDAYS: Week 5-8

How did my life reach this point? Growing up, I never expected to be trapped in a time loop battling against the good, bad and ugly of Willem Dafoe’s career and always asking the same question: What Willem We Watching? Below, notes from weeks 5-8 of Willem Wednesday. I suppose one can never predict their... Continue Reading →

Review: THE BEGUILED

The Beguiled is hypnotic vision of the apocalypse and very funny it is too.  Set in a plantation-turned-schoolhouse in the Antebellum South, Colin Farrell plays a Unionist soldier who, injured, takes refuge in the house full of women and ghosts of the past. It is when you realise how hot all these women are for... Continue Reading →

WILLEM WEDNESDAYS: WEEK 1-4

‘Do you know how much I’ve sacrificed?’ - Norman Osbourne, Spider-Man (2002)   Good lord, something is deeply, deeply wrong. I am plagued by a pox taking the shape of one of our most prolific and enduring character actors: Willem Dafoe. Watching one of his films each Wednesday, on a Willem Wednesday, has become a... Continue Reading →

Review: SONG TO SONG

In the case of Song to Song, It seems pointless to complain about lack of plot, about drifting faux-poetic voice over and wide, handheld close ups. Each Malick film is a variation on the same style. It's like criticising Beach House or The Fall because 'all their songs sound the same'. The formal elements of... Continue Reading →

Review: BABY DRIVER

Some in the British press have criticised Edgar Wright for leaving behind his nation’s industry for the allure of Hollywood. And though it is lamentable that British cinema has lost one of its few mechanics of innovative, commercial films which enter popular culture and stay there, their loss is surely Hollywood’s gain. In his latest,... Continue Reading →

Review: OKJA

  One of few survivors from the Korean New Wave, which dominated Tartan and Artificial Eye DVDs in the mid-00s, Bong Joon-Ho is a craftsman who has delivered one of the most entertaining films of the summer with his latest, Netflix produced feature.   Beginning in Korea but eventually making its way stateside, Okja is the... Continue Reading →

Review: MY COUSIN RACHEL

When his father figure cousin marries another distant relative, Rachel in Italy, and rapidly declines in health, Philip (Sam Claflin as a volatile Hugh Grant type) is sure Rachel is after his inheritance. But when she appears at his house in the figure of that centre of gravitas Rachel Weisz, Philip is immediately lost to... Continue Reading →

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