Review: Uncut Gems

Directors: Joshua Safdie, Benny Safdie Stars: Adam Sandler, Julia Fox, Lakeith Stanfield Anyone familiar with the cinema of Joshua and Benny Safdie might well feel a sense of dislocation at the opening of their latest, Uncut Gems. The boys have come up and made a name for themselves with a brash, guerrilla-style of filmmaking back and … Continue reading Review: Uncut Gems

Ranked: Paul Thomas Anderson

As Phantom Thread readies for home release, I thought I'd indulge in a deceptively difficult and openly personal task; ranking the feature films of Paul Thomas Anderson. Expect a multitude of adjectives in my rundown below. The ordering you may well disagree with; everyone's preferences are different. What has struck me, however, is how good all … Continue reading Ranked: Paul Thomas Anderson

Review: The Meyerowitz Stories

Director: Noah Baumbach Stars: Ben Stiller, Adam Sandler, Dustin Hoffman Noah Baumbach's oeuvre is white middle class New Yorker comedy with an ear for the screwball and occasional - almost happenstance - wisdom. Of late it has benefited greatly from his proximity to Greta Gerwig (Frances Ha is this writer's go-to feel good-movie on a … Continue reading Review: The Meyerowitz Stories

Review: Pixels

A List Of Things You Can Do In 106 Minutes That Cost Less Than A Ticket To See Pixels And Are More Rewarding Just sit there doing nothing. Have a nap. Play any of the 80's video games featured in the film (you want a list? ask the internet). Play The Last Of Us, which is also featured … Continue reading Review: Pixels

Review: The Cobbler

It almost seems unfair to cover this film just a few days after basking in the legacy of Orson Welles' Touch Of Evil. In a way, I suppose, it goes to show the sheer diversity of film as an art form. On the one hand you can have a palpably nightmarish crime thriller etched into the … Continue reading Review: The Cobbler

Why I Love… #42: Punch-Drunk Love

Year: 2002 Director: Paul Thomas Anderson Stars: Adam Sandler (Barry Egan), Emily Watson (Lena Leonard), Phillip Seymour Hoffman (Dean Trumbell), Mary Lynn Rajskub (Elizabeth), Luis Guzmán (Lance) Genre: Romance / Comedy It begins with a man in a blue suit sat at a desk in a seemingly vast space. Barry Egan, a nervous, twitchy entrepeneur … Continue reading Why I Love… #42: Punch-Drunk Love