Review: V/H/S 2

When the first V/H/S movie gatecrashed its way into the UK earlier this year it felt, for better or worse, like a shot in the arm for the horror genre. A nasty, scuzzy compendium of video nasties, it was a showcase for the rush of new talent bursting through. And whilst it didn't all work all … Continue reading Review: V/H/S 2

Why I Love… #51: Donnie Darko

Year: 2001 Director: Richard Kelly Stars: Jake Gyllenhaal (Donnie Darko), Jena Malone (Gretchen Ross), Mary McDonnell (Rose Darko), Maggie Gyllenhaal (Elizabeth Darko), Patrick Swayze (Jim Cunningham), Drew Barrymore (Karen Pomeroy), Noah Wyle (Prof. Monnitoff), Holmes Osborne (Eddie Darko), Beth Grant (Kitty Farmer), Katharine Ross (Dr. Lilian Thurman) Genre: Drama / Science Fiction I'm going to … Continue reading Why I Love… #51: Donnie Darko

Review: Frances Ha

I didn't think I would be recommending Frances Ha, but I am. From the outset this sounded as though it had the potential to be one of the flimsiest if not plain irritating films of the year. A large part of this has to do with my own scepticism regarding director Noah Baumbach. Whilst depressed-Ben … Continue reading Review: Frances Ha

Review: Pacific Rim

I went into Pacific Rim very much in two minds, much as I've remained in two minds about Guillermo del Toro's output to date. As feted as the Mexican director has become for his popularist whirlpools of dark genre fiction, I've never particularly connected with any of his films. Even the universally adored Pan's Labyrinth leaves me … Continue reading Review: Pacific Rim

Review: The Bling Ring

Sofia Coppola's fifth film is based on the true story of a group of young adults in the Beverly Hills area who made a hobby out of sneaking into the homes of movie stars and tabloid celebrities and leaving with souvenirs of their illicit late night visits. Souvenirs worth over $3 million. Their primary targets were … Continue reading Review: The Bling Ring

Review: The Act Of Killing

Joshua Oppenheimer's documentary The Act Of Killing may be the most chillingly audacious and haunting piece of work to arrive in cinemas this year. It arrives on a wave of critical coos and paragraphs littered with praise, yet at the same time the people urging you to watch this film seem slightly tentative, as though they're … Continue reading Review: The Act Of Killing

Review: A Field In England

You've got to give him credit; Ben Wheatley has come far in a short space of time. Rattling off four films in as many years, he has quickly managed to establish himself as a sort of beacon in British cinema. Together with his partner Amy Jump, Wheatley has come to offer something of an alternative … Continue reading Review: A Field In England