Ranked: The Saw Films

After months of lying dormant, biding their time, the nation's cinemas are poised to reopen. And while the awards season giants are queuing up to draw extra revenue following their spurious streaming debuts, there's also a scant smattering of new releases hotting up the listings. Among the most wryly amusing (hopefully) to arrive on opening … Continue reading Ranked: The Saw Films

Review: Mortal Kombat (2021)

Director: Simon McQuoid Stars: Jessica McNamee, Lewis Tan, Josh Lawson For better or worse (worse), the Marvelisation of every franchise property available continues apace. Having seen Kevin Fiege's world-conquering stratagem at work for the past decade-and-a-half, its no surprise that everyone else wants a piece of the action. The latest is this casually watchable remix … Continue reading Review: Mortal Kombat (2021)

Review: Wild Mountain Thyme

 Director: John Patrick Shanley Stars: Emily Blunt, Jamie Dornan, Jon Hamm John Patrick Shanley is a man of multifaceted talents (playwright, songwriter, director) none of which manifest in the unfathomable Wild Mountain Thyme. Every now and then we're gifted a film so bafflingly incoherent, tonally disastrous and casually awful that it reminds us how easily this … Continue reading Review: Wild Mountain Thyme

Review: Nomadland

Director: Chloé Zhao Stars: Frances McDormand, David Strathairn, Bob Wells Thus far in a relatively brief but exemplary career, Chloé Zhao has shown a tenderness and sensitivity to microclimates that typify the American Midwest. Be it the reservations of Songs my Brothers Taught Me or the close-knit rodeo bonds of The Rider, her approach has … Continue reading Review: Nomadland

List: Top 10 Films Of Every Year, By Year Of Production

I thought I'd keep something I could update on a semi-regular basis on here, showing my favourite films from each calendar year, separated by year of production (differing from my end-of-year lists, which favour UK release). I'm going back as far as 1940 for now, largely because the number of films per year that I've … Continue reading List: Top 10 Films Of Every Year, By Year Of Production