Review: Holiday

Director: Isabella Eklof Stars: Victoria Carmen Sonne, Lai Yde, Thijs Römer Applying The Lost Highway Hotel's 'Seal Of Approval' to this film feels like an act of self-sabotage, yet I can't help but respect what Isabella Eklof has attempted to do with this picture... ugly, nasty and confrontational as it may be. It's been a …

Why I Love… #106: The Swinging Cheerleaders

Year: 1974 Director: Jack Hill Stars: Jo Johnston, Rainbeaux Smith, Rosanne Keaton Is there such a thing as an elevated exploitation film? In the documentary on the Filipino B-movie boom Machete Maidens Unleashed, cult director John Landis laughs off the notion, rejecting the idea that filmmakers who indulge in exploitation pictures have any loftier intentions …

Why I Love… #105: Come Back To The 5 And Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean

Year: 1982 Director: Robert Altman Stars: Karen Black, Cher, Sandy Dennis The weather is scorching. Being a hopeless cinephile, a heatwave first and foremost gets me thinking about 'hot' films. The Texas Chain Saw Massacre. Wake In Fright. Body Heat etc. Movies defined by sweltering climates, in which the air seems sticky and the actors perspire for our …

Review: Our Time

Director: Carlos Reygadas Stars: Carlos Reygadas, Natalia López, Rut Reygadas There are personal cinematic landmarks that one collects without even realising. A key one for me was in the spring of 2013. Picturehouse Cinemas run an on-again, off-again strand called Discover Tuesday, showcasing features from around the world that, for whatever reason, exist outside of …

Review: Stuber

Director: Michael Dowse Stars: Dave Bautista, Kumail Nanjiani, Betty Gilpin We live in an aggregate world. Websites like Trip Advisor and apps like Uber have made us obsessed with the highest - and lowest - scores attainable. They breed an element of competitiveness that is counter-productive. Anything less than top score isn't worth the experience. …

Review: Midsommar

Director: Ari Aster Stars: Florence Pugh, Jack Reynor, William Jackson Harper Two films into his career, and you get the feeling that Ari Aster is working through some shit. Anyone who caught last year's Hereditary will have already guessed two things; 1) Aster is interested in the extremes of the grieving process and 2) he …