Why I Love… #39: Fargo

Year: 1996 Director: Joel Coen Stars: Frances McDormand (Marge Gunderson), Steve Buscemi (Carl Showalter), William H Macy (Jerry Lundegaard), Harve Presnell (Wade Gustafson), Peter Stormare (Gaear Grimsrud), John Carroll Lynch (Norm Gunderson), Steve Park (Mike Yanagita) Genre: Crime Thriller / Comedy "They got this guy, in Germany. Fritz Something-or-other. Or is it? Maybe it's Werner. …

Review: The Hobbit – An Unexpected Journey

When it was announced that Peter Jackson's troubled realisation of J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit was going to be two movies, I sighed a little. This was a comparatively slim children's fantasy story, and whilst I enjoyed his The Lord of the Rings films immensely, the (excuse me) bagginess of Return of the King was still very fresh in the …

Review: The Hunt

Paedophilia! Now that I've got your attention, it's time to talk about Thomas Vinterberg's celebrated and sobering seasonal drama. Seasonal, yes, but far from festive. Here's a film unlikely to trouble the yuletide TV listings in the years to come. It's A Wonderful Life's reputation is secure. And whilst it's far less likely to warm the …

The Best of 2012

The top ten ShameThe MasterHoly MotorsGoodbye First LoveMartha Marcy May MarleneExcisionThe Tree Of LifeKiller JoeStarletYoung Adult Film Of The YearShame The first film I saw at the cinema in 2012, and, as the year closes, still the one that left the greatest impression. Michael Fassbender’s controlled performance as Brandon sears the screen, ably complimented by …