Review: Harmonium

Director:  Kôji Fukada Stars: Mariko Tsutsui, Tadanobu Asano, Kanji Furutachi While it is not wholly inaccurate to describe Kôji Fukada's latest as a quiet film, the use of loud sounds to punctuate and ratchet tension proves repeatedly integral. Take a key scene from the second half. By this time a malaise has settled firmly over the … Continue reading Review: Harmonium

Review: The Red Turtle

Director: Michael Dudok de Wit The sun hasn't quite set on Studio Ghibli. Chiefly there's the promise of a further farewell feature from the great Hayao Miyazaki in the form of Boro The Caterpillar, but for right now there's their identifiable involvement in this feature presentation from master animator Micharl Dudok de Wit. Ghibli take a … Continue reading Review: The Red Turtle

Twin Peaks Season 3: Part 4

There will be spoilers throughout this post. After the intensely weird odyssey of Part 3 (especially it's opening), Part 4 can't help but feel a little more grounded, though we're still talking  comparatively here. We return to the casino where the man-child version of Special Agent Dale Cooper (Kyle MacLachlan) is causing a stir winning big on … Continue reading Twin Peaks Season 3: Part 4

Twin Peaks Season 3: Part 3

Aaaand we're back in the room. As previously, these posts will detail plot points for episodes in the third season of Twin Peaks and so WILL CONTAIN SPOILERS THROUGHOUT. Following the bracing one-two punch of the opening double bill, one imagines a number of fair-weather fans will have been weeded out by Lynch's no-holds-barred approach to his … Continue reading Twin Peaks Season 3: Part 3

Twin Peaks Season 3: Parts 1 & 2

With the summer season looking particularly moribund at cinemas this year and with the arrival of this new, long-thought-impossible third season of Twin Peaks, I've decided to change-up. Movie reviews will still appear, but probably with less frequency as I devote time to chronicling this latest exploration into the labyrinthine head space of David Lynch. This … Continue reading Twin Peaks Season 3: Parts 1 & 2

Review: Colossal

Director: Nacho  Vigalondo Stars: Anne Hathaway, Jason Sudeikis, Dan Stevens While I try my hardest to avoid the cliché approach of describing a film as x meets y, I can't help but wonder if anyone out there was sat watching Joe Swanberg's Drinking Buddies when the thought came to them, like an imperfect diamond; what this movie … Continue reading Review: Colossal

Review: Alien Covenant

Director: Ridley Scott Stars: Katherine Waterston, Michael Fassbender, Billy Crudup Its time for Ridley Scott to stop. The man's earned it. Now on the cusp of his 80th birthday, the acclaimed director has shown an admirable and inexhaustible work ethic, but there also comes a time when it's probably best to step away. At least, from the things … Continue reading Review: Alien Covenant

Review: Mindhorn

Director: Sean Foley Stars: Julian Barratt, Essie Davis, Andrea Riseborough Conjured like a brain bomb by Simon Farnaby and nurtured into a nutty mushroom cloud with the aid of Julian Barratt, Mindhorn is a new oddball laugh machine squatting in UK cinemas offering a decidedly British alternative in the post Oscar-season playing field. It's something of a … Continue reading Review: Mindhorn

Review: Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2

Director: James Gunn Stars: Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista Three years on since James Gunn brought in the first Guardians Of The Galaxy film and its stock has changed considerably. When that movie rode in on the coattails of Captain America: The Winter Soldier it was a relatively unknown commodity; something of a gamble for Marvel Studios. … Continue reading Review: Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2