Review: The Counsellor

Director: Ridley Scott Stars: Javier Bardem, Cameron Diaz, Michael Fassbender Full disclosure upfront: my favourite author is Cormac McCarthy. Suttree. Blood Meridian. All The Pretty Horses. The Crossing. There’s four masterpieces right there. Give me time and I’ll make cases for Outer Dark and The Road too. As an aspiring writer, his is the level of ability I measure …

Review: The Iceman

Director: Ariel Vromen Stars: David Schwimmer, Michael Shannon, Winona Ryder There are names you can depend on. Michael Shannon’s is such a name. For years now he has been raising the quality of whatever he’s in. His – sigh – ‘unconventional’ looks have generally sidelined him to parts two or three rungs down the ladder, …

Pretty Vacancy: Watching 5 Fast And Furious Movies Back-To-Back Part 2

Lunch completed, it continues… If you’ve started reading here go back. Caught up? Good, because we’re not stopping yet… 14:55 pm: The Fast And The Furious: Tokyo Drift (2006) 14:59: Gratuitous upskirt-shot as the director’s name appears. Looking classy already. Conspicuous lack of previous ‘stars’ involved in this installment… 15:00: Wait… are we in high school …

Review: Drive

Director: Nicolas Winding Refn Stars: Ryan Gosling, Carey Mulligan, Christina Hendricks ***originally written 9 October 2011*** I know nothing about cars. Really, despite God knows how many cumulative hours of Top Gear, nothing has stuck. Even my housemate Tom knows how to approach me on the subject of cars. This brief conversation happened just yesterday: …