Why I Love… #128: Marathon Man

Year: 1976 Directed: John Schlesinger Stars: Dustin Hoffman, Roy Scheider, William Devane In the 1970s America was wrestling with a number of demons. Vietnam. Watergate. A decade of politicised assassinations. A country that once sold itself as young and idealistic suddenly found itself wading through an antagonised adolescence (with plenty more growing pains set to …

Review: Wrong Turn (2021)

Director: Mike P Nelson Stars: Charlotte Vega, Daisy Head, Bill Sage For the better part of a decade, the Wrong Turn franchise terrorised straight-to-DVD horror with a slew of tawdry sequels that ranged from bad and really very bad. Indeed the otherwise functional 2003 original came to feel like something of a minor masterpiece by comparison. …

Review: Willy’s Wonderland

Director: Kevin Lewis Stars: Nicolas Cage, Beth Grant, Emily Tosta Nicolas Cage has comfortably settled into a mid-career groove of plentiful straight-to-VOD productions that tilt toward his strengths in manifesting either world-weary boredom or wide-eyed mania. Kevin Lewis is the latest director to be blessed with the actor's largess, and this cheap but cheerful horror …

Review: Breeder

Director: Jens Dahl Stars: Sara Hjort Ditlevsen, Signe Egholm Olsen, Morten Holst The cosmetics industry is worth billions; from the pastes and poultices we use the create the brief illusion of youth through to surgical procedures designed to enhance or preserve. To freeze time. Jens Dahl's ice-cold, slow-burn body horror counters that, while some people …

Review: PVT CHAT

Director: Ben Hozie Stars: Julia Fox, Peter Vack, Buddy Duress At the tail end of 2019, Julia Fox put herself on the map in the Safdie Brothers' Uncut Gems. Fittingly enough for PVT CHAT, the online thirst for Fox was... notable. But that film also showed the world that she was a fine performer, a talent …

The Wonderful Weirdness of Tammy & the T-Rex

In the months following the release of Steven Spielberg's world-conquering Jurassic Park, British director Stewart Raffill received a deeply unusual phone call. A man with a 'life-sized' animatronic Tyrannosaurus Rex and a million dollars wanted to make a movie. No script. No story ideas. And a miniscule time window: three weeks. Against all odds, Raffill made …

Review: The Dig

Director: Simon Stone Stars: Carey Mulligan, Ralph Fiennes, Lily James While Film Dudes have suffered constant rug-pull release delays forr the latest James Bond outing over the course of the last 12 months, those invested in the indie scene have felt similar pangs over Emerald Fennell's Promising Young Woman - the well-hyped Carey Mulligan vehicle which …