Review: 45 Years

45 Years is probably the finest ghost movie of the decade thus far, and it isn't even a horror film. The ghost in question manifests no physical presence, but it's effect is pronounced, steering an incredibly rich, understated character piece down some fascinating avenues. Written and directed by Andrew Haigh and taking place in the …

Why I Love… #80: Les Yeux Sans Visage (Eyes Without A Face)

Year: 1960 Director: Georges Franju Stars: Pierre Brasseur (Docteur Génessier), Alida Valli (Louise), Edith Scob (Christiane Génessier), Juliette Mayniel (Edna Gruber) Genre: Horror / Mystery Known in English-speaking circles as Eyes Without A Face, Georges Franju's second feature film Les Yeux Sans Visage is, for me, one of the greatest horror films of them all, and one of …

Review: The Wolfpack

By sheer coincidence yesterday I watched Dogtooth for the first time; Greek filmmaker Yorgos Lanthimos' bizarre and striking fictional story of siblings living in enforced seclusion from the world by their overly protective and misguided parents. One wonders what the Angulo family would make of the film. For here, in Crystal Moselle's equally unusual documentary we …

Review: Sinister 2

An open letter to producers of mainstream horror (particularly you, Blumhouse). Just... Stop. Enough is enough, okay? At first it seemed excusable, but we're beyond that now. For too long multiplexes have been handed the most derivative material. Creepy kids. Dour ghosts. That'll-do lead performances from pretty nobodies we'll never see again. Inexplicable motives and …

Review: Trainwreck

Amy's father Gordon (Colin Quinn) offends everyone. He's a racist, a homophobe, from all accounts a serial adulterer. Yet he keeps a collection of snow globes. Midway through Trainwreck we see Amy (Amy Schumer) sorting through these globes with a great feeling of nostalgia for them. It's a well-judged moment of reflection and a key to …

Why I Love… #79: Nausicaä Of The Valley Of The Wind

Year: 1984 Director: Hayao Miyazaki Genre: Animation / Science Fiction / Fantasy Nausicaä Of The Valley Of The Wind was a landmark film for Hayao Miyazaki. Having directed his first feature film (1979's The Castle of Cagliostro) as a director-for-hire, Miyazaki had earned just praise within Japan's fervent animation industry, but the film had not been …