THE FLANNY AWARDS 2018

The day before the Hollywood Foreign Press comes through with what’s sure to be some baffling choices at the Golden Globes, it’s time for the only awards you can rely on for straight FACTS, The Flannies!  The prestigious and influential Flanny awards (you can decide for yourself what shape the statuette takes) are my personal […]

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Review: INGRID GOES WEST

Ingrid Goes West is the Aubrey Plaza star vehicle that has been sorely needed since the end of Parks and Rec. With the middling horror-comedy Life After Beth and the unspeakable cinematic crimes of Dirty Grandpa and Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates (both of which Plaza was MVP, admittedly), it is as though she […]

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Review: THE KILLING OF A SACRED DEER

Is Yorgos Lanthimos’ latest film a comedy? The Lobster, the Greek director’s first English language production, was an aggressively absurdist Bunuelian comedy of manners exploring the rituals of romance. Yet despite this madcap style and the recognisable names he attracts, Lanthimos is often spoken about as a highly austere filmmaker. With the latest of his […]

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Review: BLADE RUNNER

It would be great if we could collectively stop talking about a film like Blade Runner 2049 in terms of its box office and look at its various qualities instead. The nearly 3-hour soft-reboot-cum-sequel to Ridley Scott’s canonised 1982 Science Fiction/Noir hybrid may however purposefully dissatisfy audiences, director Denis Villeneuve almost encourages the refusal by […]

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