Review: Sicario 2: Soldado

The following review contains a brief overview of the plot and is otherwise spoiler-free, however key points from the first Sicario film are discussed. Director: Stefano Sollima Stars: Benecio del Toro, Josh Brolin, Isabela Moner Sicario 2: Soldado is truly a film of its era, something which comes to feel like an accusation as the dust … Continue reading Review: Sicario 2: Soldado

Review: Ocean’s Eight

Director: Gary Ross Stars: Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway It's highly possible I'm looking in the wrong (or right) places, but it seems as though the manchild brigade who so thoroughly soiled their nappies over Paul Feig's Ghostbusters haven't had much to say about the arrival of Ocean's Eight. Maybe they're all still too busy getting … Continue reading Review: Ocean’s Eight

Why I Love… #96: The Children’s Hour

Year: 1961 Director: William Wyler Stars: Audrey Hepburn, Shirley MacLaine, James Garner In 1961 William Wyler took a second swing at bringing Lillian Hellman's play, The Children's Hour, to the big screen. The play tells the story of two female teachers who are falsely 'outed' as lesbians by a naughty pupil, and follows the immediate disrepair … Continue reading Why I Love… #96: The Children’s Hour

Ranked: Paul Thomas Anderson

As Phantom Thread readies for home release, I thought I'd indulge in a deceptively difficult and openly personal task; ranking the feature films of Paul Thomas Anderson. Expect a multitude of adjectives in my rundown below. The ordering you may well disagree with; everyone's preferences are different. What has struck me, however, is how good all … Continue reading Ranked: Paul Thomas Anderson

Review: Hereditary

Director: Ari Aster Stars: Toni Collette, Alex Wolff, Milly Shapiro When you first hear it - or notice it - it sounds like something you ought to report to the staff. The movie's playing but there's this sound, as though a party's going on next door. Someone's playing their music too loudly and its interrupting … Continue reading Review: Hereditary

Why I Love… #95: The Tarnished Angels

Year: 1957 Director: Douglas Sirk Stars: Rock Hudson, Dorothy Malone, Robert Stack Douglas Sirk is most commonly remembered as a short-circuit to lush, vivid melodramas of the 1950's; a sphere in which he excelled, producing a number of the genre's greatest and most respected pictures. Titles such as All That Heaven Allows, Written On The Wind and Imitation Of … Continue reading Why I Love… #95: The Tarnished Angels

Review: Lek And The Dogs

Director: Andrew Kötting Star: Xavier Tchili An apocalyptic landscape of ashen mountains. Into this desolate arena appears a naked man on all fours, scrabbling across the dirt. So begins the latest experimental film from Andrew Kötting, a loose adaptation of the story of Ivan Mishukov. Born into poverty in the nineties, Mishukov rejected his traumatic family experience … Continue reading Review: Lek And The Dogs

Review: Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

Director: J. A. Bayona Stars: Bryce Dallas Howard, Chris Pratt, Daniella Pineda 2015's Jurassic World may have grossed colossal box office (5th highest worldwide), but in terms of creativity and ingenuity, it found the series on the wane, and represented something of a low. This despite the injection of some new blood into the series. … Continue reading Review: Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

Review: L’Amant Double

Director:  François Ozon Stars: Marine Vacth, Jérémie Renier, Jacqueline Bisset François Ozon often appears adept at understanding the female gaze, especially when compared to some of his male peers, or maybe he's simply just more interested. Regardless, there is a recurring femininity to his work that recurs again here, though the approach marks a slight tonal … Continue reading Review: L’Amant Double