Review: While We’re Young

I sit here writing this at the still relatively young age of 31. 32 is fast approaching. I don't consider myself old, yet still I'm starting to begrudge the fact that 'youth culture' doesn't really include me nowadays, and more and more I'm the one actively withdrawing my participation. Be it my own culpability or … Continue reading Review: While We’re Young

Review: The Tale Of The Princess Kaguya

With Hayao Miyazaki now in retirement (though with a few rumours to the contrary also banding around) the future for Studio Ghibli seems a little uncertain. Adding fuel to this is the arrival of the supposed swan song from Isao Takahata, Miyazaki's co-founder of the esteemed Japanese animation studio. An adaptation of the Japanese folk … Continue reading Review: The Tale Of The Princess Kaguya

Review: Spring

Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead are on something of a roll. 2012's Resolution was a smart character-driven twist on horror conventions. While it may not have lit up the box office, it was well-received in the circles that care about such things. Think of it as the elitist The Cabin In The Woods. Spring sees them continue to play with … Continue reading Review: Spring

Review: The Voices

***Contains potential spoilers*** The Voices is a movie starring Ryan Reynolds where his cat and dog talk to him. Yeah, the red flags are waving already, right? In the long, regrettable history of anthropomorphised animals, no one success story particularly lingers in the mind, artistically speaking (man, Babe sure raked in the money though, didn't it?).  Yet … Continue reading Review: The Voices

Review: Still Alice

At first, for Alice (Julianne Moore), its the little things. The minor frustrations we all suffer from occasionally. The kind of things that are only natural. She'll be lecturing at Columbia and the word she's seeking for becomes inexplicably out of reach. Or she'll forget a dinner date. The sort of things you can chalk … Continue reading Review: Still Alice

Review: White Bird In A Blizzard

The cinema is a verdant location for finding missing women. The mysteries of so many gone girls have revealed themselves on the silver screen, and Gregg Araki's latest, White Bird In A Blizzard, adapted from the book by Laura Kasischke, adds another iteration. Like the spaced-out font of its opening credits, White Bird feels slightly incomprehensible on initial … Continue reading Review: White Bird In A Blizzard

Review: Chappie

Neill Blomkamp deals in immediacy. His films have a kinetic energy that's easy to get swept up in. And as a visual artist he has a keen eye for the striking and the bombastic. It makes his sci-fi adventures loud and garish... if not subtle, original or particularly any good. With Blomkamp, it's a case … Continue reading Review: Chappie

Review: It Follows

Three days ago I saluted Starry Eyes as one of the very best horror films of the last few years. It now has some pretty - very pretty - company. Though massively different in content and tone, David Robert Mitchell's It Follows has arrived in the UK on a wave of praise, a whispering that began in … Continue reading Review: It Follows

Review: Starry Eyes

Starry Eyes is a new horror film from writer/director duo Kevin Kolsch and Dennis Widmyer that's been unfairly sidelined to straight-to-DVD anonymity here in the UK (Not even a blu-ray? What the hell, Metrodome?). It's a minor tragedy that deserves correction, as this is one of the most memorable and toe-curlingly visceral movie experiences of … Continue reading Review: Starry Eyes