Review: After Love

Director: Aleem Khan Stars: Joanna Scanlan, Nathalie Richard, Talid Ariss Actor Nasser Memarzia barely appears in After Love, but his character - Ahmed - is present in every scene. A Pakistani immigrant married to a white British woman Mary/Fahina (Joanna Scanlan), Ahmed lives a transitory life thanks to his work, which sees him spending as much … Continue reading Review: After Love

Review: Shiva Baby

Director: Emma Seligman Stars: Rachel Sennott, Fred Melamed, Polly Draper Emma Seligman's Shiva Baby (which I choose to believe is named as such in a nod of respect to '70s Pam Grier action flick Sheba, Baby) arrives via MUBI in the UK on a promising wave of praise; praise that is (yes!) absolutely deserved. Seligman's debut … Continue reading Review: Shiva Baby

Review: The Father

Director: Florian Zeller Stars: Anthony Hopkins, Imogen Poots, Olivia Colman Anthony (Anthony Hopkins) would be so much more at ease if he knew where his watch was. Time is a great solidifier, you see. We take it for granted, but when you know when you are then the rest all tends to fall into place. … Continue reading Review: The Father

Review: Nobody

Director: Ilya Naishuller Stars: RZA, Connie Nielsen, Bob Odenkirk I'm currently under siege from a nudist junkie wannabe-DJ next-door neighbour in his late 40s who insists on playing loud '90s dance music at all hours, often for up to 12 hours at a time. Just recently, this has included a 10-day jag of consecutive all-night … Continue reading Review: Nobody

Viewfinder: Only the Winds

Director: Karim Kassem Stars: Karim Kassem, Zeinab Hind Khadra, Lyne Ramadan For a new generation of global filmmakers, the lines that separate drama and documentary have become a fertile ground for experimentation and play. One might feel cautious; that the fidelity of the truth might have become watered down after Trump and everything else. But … Continue reading Viewfinder: Only the Winds

Review: A Quiet Place Part II

Director: John Krasinski Stars: Noah Jupe, Cillian Murphy, Millicent Simmonds John Krasinski's A Quiet Place was an unassuming hit. Nobody really expected much from him as a director, let alone a smash sci-hi horror with a wicked gimmick and a heartfelt crush for Spielberg. I remember when I saw the film in a capacity screening for … Continue reading Review: A Quiet Place Part II

Ranked: Kelly Reichardt

The work of Kelly Reichardt is considered immortal here at The Lost Highway Hotel. She is, without a doubt, one of the premiere filmmakers working in the United States at the moment. Her work is parred down, particular and poetic in its affinity to the Midwest, its people and history. Her oeuvre is a landlocked … Continue reading Ranked: Kelly Reichardt

Review: The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It

Director: Michael Chaves Stars: Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson, John Noble The eighth film to emerge in this franchise since James Wan kicked it off in 2013, the laboriously titled The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It goes hard embracing the hoariest tropes that make popcorn horror movies easy pickings for criticism, and catnip for punters after … Continue reading Review: The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It

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

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

Review: Things Heard & Seen

Directors: Shari Springer Berman, Robert Pulcini Stars: Amanda Seyfried, Rhea Seehorn, Natalia Dyer My only prior exposure to the work of directing duo Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini is 2003's American Splendor - one of the finest American indies of that year. It was witty, formally playful and anchored in performance. Evidently much has … Continue reading Review: Things Heard & Seen

Review: Black Bear

Director: Lawrence Michael Lavine Stars: Aubrey Plaza, Christopher Abbott, Sarah Gadon If Aubrey Plaza's against-type performance in festive charmer Happiest Season hinted at her abilities in a more serious role, Black Bear brings that promise to fruition. That she appears here in a three-hander with Christopher Abbott and Sarah Gadon only adds to the film's cache. … Continue reading Review: Black Bear

Review: Promising Young Woman

Director: Emerald Fennell Stars: Carey Mulligan, Bo Burnham, Jennifer Coolidge Part of the established contract of rape-revenge cinema is the catharsis offered when the attackers are confronted and justice is meted out. Having endured the ordeal of her experiences, having suffered with her, we're to be sated by this reprisal, by her violence. In the … Continue reading Review: Promising Young Woman

Review: Malmkrog

Director: Cristi Puiu Stars: Frédéric Schulz-Richard, Agathe Bosch, Marina Palii We've seen the abject cruelty of man rendered on our cinema screens in any number of severe, extreme, button-pushing films. Films like Salò. Films like The Painted Bird. With stifling austerity we've witnessed reflections of our worst instincts and actions, and the films themselves have been … Continue reading Review: Malmkrog

Review: Antebellum

Directors: Gerard Bush, Christopher Renz Stars: Janelle Monáe, Gabourey Sidibe, Kiersey Clemons At the beginning of 2020, Antebellum was poised for a spring release, but then the COVID-19 pandemic swept the world, shuttering theatres here, there and everywhere. The business went into hibernation, in a sense, but VOD releases - particularly of indies and foreign … Continue reading Review: Antebellum