Review: 20,000 Days On Earth

"At the end of the 20th century I ceased to be a human being." So says Nick Cave at the top of this idiosyncratic film. Part documentary, part concert film, part drama. Cave's comment is provocative. Is it self-aggrandising? It seems to be, as several times throughout 20,000 Days On Earth he refers to rock stars … Continue reading Review: 20,000 Days On Earth

Pretty Vacancy: Is AVP: Requiem The Worst Film Of All Time?

First of all may I start by saying how I love both of these franchises as separate entities, especially the Alien franchise. I've said it before, I'll say it again; it's my Star Wars. I love the aesthetics, from HR Giger's perverse xenomorph designs to the workman like industrial feel of this vision of space travel forefronted … Continue reading Pretty Vacancy: Is AVP: Requiem The Worst Film Of All Time?

Review: Coherence

"If there are a million different realities, then I have slept with your wife in every one of them." Ouch. Coherence is the feature directorial debut from James Ward Byrkit and fulfills this year's vacancy for a sci-fi brainteaser on a modest budget that excels thanks to intelligence and performance. Such films pop up with dependable … Continue reading Review: Coherence

Review: The Rover

About two-thirds of the way through The Rover there's a delightful and unusual moment in which Robert Pattinson's character Rey is seen by himself, at night, sitting behind the wheel of their parked car in the outback, fidgeting (as he does perpetually) and singing along to the pop song "Pretty Girl Rock" by Keri Hilson, the … Continue reading Review: The Rover

Review: As Above, So Below

As Above, So Below, a new - brace yourself - 'found footage' film from brothers Drew and John Erick Dowdle (the latter takes directing credit) has been promoted squarely with an eye to encouraging horror fans to cough up their hard-earned cash for a spot at the cinema. There's nothing wrong with that. There're plenty … Continue reading Review: As Above, So Below

Why I Love… #70: No Strings Attached

Year: 2011 Director: Ivan Reitman Stars: Natalie Portman (Emma), Ashton Kutcher (Adam), Kevin Kline (Alvin), Greta Gerwig (Patrice), Cary Elwes (Dr Metzner), Lake Bell (Lucy) Genre: Romantic Comedy And thus in one fell swoop any flickering credibility that I may have managed to muster over the last two years is instantly extinguished. Snuffed out. Just … Continue reading Why I Love… #70: No Strings Attached

Review: The Guest

The Guest is the latest baby from filmmaking duo Simon Barrett and Adam Wingard, most notable for gifting us last year's phenomenally entertaining home invasion horror You're Next. That movie (which all genre fans should give some time over to) saw them breaking away from the more navel-gazing productions that had carried their names before. As usual … Continue reading Review: The Guest