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 →

Is Daniel Day-Lewis really done with acting?

  A statement from the triple Best Actor winner’s spokesperson last night suggests so, citing a ‘private decision’ and stating that there will be no further comment on the subject. But Day-Lewis appears so sporadically, and only for directors with a singular vision (Rob Marshall’s Nine being the obvious exception, although you can hardly blame The... Continue Reading →

A Hot Take on Wonder Woman

Patty Jenkins’ Wonder Woman has confounded expectations set up by previous entries into the DC Cinematic Universe by being coherent, light of touch, and having fully developed characters. Counter to the authoritarian worldview and oppressive visual style of Batman V Superman and Suicide Squad (both arguably contributing factors in the victory of Brexit and Donald... Continue Reading →

Review: TONI ERDMANN

Toni Erdmann is the film for 2017. Maran Ade’s German Comedy about an ageing hippy pulling pranks to get his uptight daughter’s attention is made up of in-jokes; the glory of the film is how it pulls us inside the frame of reference within which the characters exist, delivered with such sincerity that it appears... Continue Reading →

Review: JACKIE

As the motorcade drove along Dealey Plaza on 22 November 1963 and US President John F. Kennedy was assassinated with two gun wounds to the head, the world changed forever. Not only did this herald the coming of Nixon and the most paranoid era of the Cold War, but the mythical Zapruder footage of the event... Continue Reading →

Review: MANCHESTER BY THE SEA

Grief, in Manchester By The Sea, surrounds us. It is a film about loss. It is about wounds that cannot be healed. It is about the bonds between men, about the tensions of family obligation and an unflinching America that continues steady in the face of disaster. This may sound like an interminable slog, but... Continue Reading →

Review: LA LA LAND

Watching the latest Awards contenders in January, as their hype reaches its tipping point, is always a struggle. Taking the film on its own terms instead of as part of a narrative about #Oscarsowhite or it being someone’s year becomes even harder when the film in question is itself about the dream factory of Hollywood.... Continue Reading →

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