Review: Trance

Director: Danny Boyle Stars: James McAvoy, Rosario Dawson, Vincent Cassell Kinetic. If nothing else, Danny Boyle's films are always this. There's a forward striving momentum to both the man and his work which has made him something of a charmed poster-boy for UK filmmaking over the past two decades. Since Trainspotting his movie choices have …

Review: Compliance

Director: Craig Zobel Stars: Dreama Walker, Pat Healy, Ann Dowd Craig Zobel's film Compliance is based on true events, and goes to great pains to underline that fact before the story unfurls. Great towering letters the size of the screen. It also boldly states that nothing has been exaggerated. As the next 90 minutes pass, …

Why I Love… #45: Crash

Year: 1996 Director: David Cronenberg Stars: James Spader (James Ballard), Elias Koteas (Vaughan), Deborah Kara Unger (Catherine Ballard), Holly Hunter (Helen Remington), Rosanna Arquette (Gabrielle) Genre: Drama / Literary Adaptation I've wanted to do a piece about David Cronenberg's Crash for a while now. Since I started this series, actually. Oddly the main, ahem, driving force …

Review: The Paperboy

Director: Lee Daniels Stars: Nicole Kidman, Matthew McConaughey, John Cusack Worst video-game-to-movie adaptation ever. This movie had nothing whatsoever to do with the 1984 Atari game. There was only one scene of someone delivering papers, then it was about something else completely! Score: 0/10 ... Okay, yeah, I'm sorry about that. Couldn't really resist. Call it …

Why I Love… #44: Kiss Me Deadly

Year: 1955 Director: Robert Aldrich Stars: Ralph Meeker (Mike Hammer), Cloris Leachman (Christina Bailey), Maxine Cooper (Velda Wickman), Albert Dekker (Dr G. E. Soberin), Fortunio Bonanova (Carmen Trivago), Paul Stewart (Carl Evello), Marian Carr (Friday). Genre: Film Noir Well, what a nasty piece of work this is. Deliciously so. Based on Mickey Spillane's bestseller, Robert …

Review: Robot & Frank

Director: Jake Schreier Stars: Frank Langella, Liv Tyler, Peter Sarsgaard Robot & Frank, directed by Jake Schreier, dabbles with sci-fi elements to tell an altogether engaging tale about aging, illness and companionship. Think of it as the light alternative to Michael Hanake's Amour. Warmer, easier, and with 100% more robots. But don't be fooled. Let your …

Review: Lincoln

Director: Steven Spielberg Stars: Daniel Day-Lewis, Tommy Lee Jones, Sally Field So, then. The battles have been fought and the war is over. The victor is, largely, Argo. It's been a scrappy one, not quite so clean cut as others past. Life Of Pi (quite ridiculously) managed to steal some of the glory. And what of Lincoln? Daniel …

Review: Lore

Director: Cate Shortland Stars: Saskia Rosendahl, Nele Trebs, Ursina Lardi "Do you want to go to see a film and feel miserable? I mean really fucking miserable. Then for shit's sake go and see Lore." At 1:30 this morning, and after a few drinks, I came home and decided, well, wouldn't this be the perfect time …

Review: Cloud Atlas

Directors: Lana Wachowski, Lily Wachowski, Tom Tykwer Stars: Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Ben Wishaw My David Mitchell experience is limited at best. I made it about a third of the way through number9dream before giving up - something I don't easily do with novels out of abject stubbornness. Whilst I appreciated it's cocksure narrative booby …