Review: Blue Ruin

"A mysterious outsider's quiet life is turned upside down when he returns to his childhood home to carry out an act of vengeance." There are two sentences that make up the brief 'storyline' section on Blue Ruin's imdb page. That's the first of them. And it kind of misrepresents a film that has already had a … Continue reading Review: Blue Ruin

Why I Love… #67: Judex

Year: 1963 Director: Georges Franju Stars: Channing Pollock (Judex / Vallieres), Francine Bergé (Diana Monti / Marie Verdier), Edith Scob (Jacqueline Favraux), Théo Sarapo (Morales), Michel Vitold (Favraux). Genre: Crime Drama / Adventure The shot begins with a pair of nice men's shoes. Black. Polished. The feet in them are attached to a pair of … Continue reading Why I Love… #67: Judex

Why I Love… #66: The Man Who Fell To Earth

Year: 1976 Director: Nicolas Roeg Stars: David Bowie (Thomas Newton), Rip Torn (Nathan Bryce), Candy Clark (Mary-Lou), Buck Henry (Oliver Farnsworth) Bernie Casey (Peters) Genre: Science Fiction There are better Nicolas Roeg films than The Man Who Fell To Earth. Chiefly Walkabout and Don't Look Now stand out as far more cohesive, artistically satisfying pieces of work, while … Continue reading Why I Love… #66: The Man Who Fell To Earth

Up ‘n’ Under – a new wave of cinematic sci-fi?

In the last year two films have appeared that have seemed visionary, movies which feel utterly distinctive and separate from one another, but which share a strange and encouraging connective tissue. Those films are Shane Carruth's Upstream Color and Jonathan Glazer's Under The Skin. In many respects these two films are wholly different from one another. Tonally … Continue reading Up ‘n’ Under – a new wave of cinematic sci-fi?

Review: The Zero Theorem

Qohen Leth (Christoph Waltz) is a drone working for Mancom, a number-cruncher with a catalogue of phobias and neuroses who longs to work from home in the hopes of receiving a divine telephone call; one that will give meaning to his woeful existence. He missed that call once. He's not going to let it happen … Continue reading Review: The Zero Theorem

Review: Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Joe Johnston's Captain America: The First Avenger is a divisive entry in Marvel's recent web of superhero movies, and stands notably apart from the other, more homogenous successes. This is, largely, down to the throwback tone of its first half - a love letter to 30s adventure serials reminiscent of Indiana Jones' wistful energy. The film's second … Continue reading Review: Captain America: The Winter Soldier