Review: Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark

Director: André Øvredal Stars: Zoe Margaret Colletti, Dean Norris, Gil Bellows The oral history of scary stories is delightful; spooky tales told around campfires, or whispered before stone fireplaces in creaky old cottages and mansions. The telling of these stories - dark fairy tales if you will - down the ages has a very romantic … Continue reading Review: Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark

Why I Love… #105: Come Back To The 5 And Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean

Year: 1982 Director: Robert Altman Stars: Karen Black, Cher, Sandy Dennis The weather is scorching. Being a hopeless cinephile, a heatwave first and foremost gets me thinking about 'hot' films. The Texas Chain Saw Massacre. Wake In Fright. Body Heat etc. Movies defined by sweltering climates, in which the air seems sticky and the actors perspire for our … Continue reading Why I Love… #105: Come Back To The 5 And Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean

Review: Pet Sematary (2019)

Directors: Kevin Kölsch, Dennis Widmyer Stars: John Lithgow, Amy Seimetz, Jason Clarke A few years back Kevin Kölsch and Dennis Widmyer set the horror scene temporarily ablaze with their dark and beautiful debut Starry Eyes, a lo-fi body horror transformation of the American Dream into the Hollywood Nightmare. How unfortunately prescient Starry Eyes now seems, as the filmmaking duo … Continue reading Review: Pet Sematary (2019)

Review: Burning

Director: Lee Chang-Dong Stars: Yoo Ah-In, Steven Yeun, Jun Jong-Seo  The first we know of Lee (Yoo Ah-In) is a wisp of smoke curling out from around a wall in the opening shot. Over the course of two and a half languid, beguiling hours, this sinuous trail will become an emblem of sorts. His chain-smoking travels ultimately take him … Continue reading Review: Burning

Review: Piercing

Director: Nicolas Pesce Stars: Mia Wasikowska, Christopher Abbott, Laia Costa I remember reading Ryu Murakami's Audition in the hopes of decoding some of the more surreal occurences in Takashi Miike's masterful adaptation and being struck by the direct voice apparent in the translation. Favouring this, I also read Piercing; a novella that similarly popped off the page, and … Continue reading Review: Piercing

Review: Wildlife

Director: Paul Dano Stars: Carey Mulligan, Ed Oxenbould, Jake Gyllenhaal In the third act of Paul Dano's exceptional directorial debut Wildlife, the headlights of the Brinson family car illuminate a worn down fascia of an old building. It looks as though it might've once said 'Davidson' on it. Perhaps Harley? Clarity is gone. Lost in the … Continue reading Review: Wildlife

Why I Love… #96: The Children’s Hour

Year: 1961 Director: William Wyler Stars: Audrey Hepburn, Shirley MacLaine, James Garner In 1961 William Wyler took a second swing at bringing Lillian Hellman's play, The Children's Hour, to the big screen. The play tells the story of two female teachers who are falsely 'outed' as lesbians by a naughty pupil, and follows the immediate disrepair … Continue reading Why I Love… #96: The Children’s Hour

Why I Love… #94: Suddenly, Last Summer

Year: 1959 Director: Joseph L Mankiewicz Stars: Elizabeth Taylor, Katharine Hepburn, Montgomery Clift This essay will contain plot spoilers. It's been 59 years since the film came out, but still, consider yourself warned. Released in 1959 to mixed - if not downright negative - reviews, Joseph L Mankiewicz's exaggeration of a short Tennessee Williams play … Continue reading Why I Love… #94: Suddenly, Last Summer

Review: Mary And The Witch’s Flower

Director: Hiromasa Yonebayashi It was a few years into Studio Ghibli's existence before Hayao Miyazaki brought My Neightbour Totoro to the world and finally settled on the iconic logo which become synonymous with the company ever since. Ghibli now rests in a state of semi-hibernation. In its wake, rising star Hiromasa Yonebayashi (Arrietty, When Marnie Was There) opens … Continue reading Review: Mary And The Witch’s Flower

Review: Annihilation

Director: Alex Garland Stars: Natalie Portman, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Tessa Thompson Alex Garland's second (credited) feature as director is the first true victim of what I'm coming to think of as The Netflix Problem. Produced by Paramount, who are increasingly showing their cowardice toward new and original concepts, the film has been granted a scant … Continue reading Review: Annihilation

Review: The Disaster Artist

Director: James Franco Stars: James Franco, Alison Brie, Dave Franco "I did not hit her. It's not true. It's bullshit. I did not hit her. I did not. Oh hi Mark." For some the above stream of nonsense will appear as exactly that and have no relevance. For others (disclosure: myself wholeheartedly included) these words … Continue reading Review: The Disaster Artist

Review: Gerald’s Game

Director: Mike Flanagan Stars: Carla Gugino, Bruce Greenwood, Henry Thomas Mike Flanagan has become one of the bright hopes in mainstream American horror, embracing both big and small screens. For cinema goers his Oculus  showed a healthy amount of originality, while Oujia: Origin of Evil was that rarest or rare birds; a superior horror prequel, immediately giving him the persona … Continue reading Review: Gerald’s Game

Review: Una

Director: Benedict Andrews Stars: Rooney Mara, Ben Mendelsohn, Riz Ahmed Andrews' modest homegrown feature debut has the incredible fortune of starring two of the best actors out there in Rooney Mara and Ben Mendelsohn. That's some serious clout for a film of this size and scale. It's an actor's film; David Harrower's adaptation of his own … Continue reading Review: Una

Review: The Handmaiden

Director: Park Chan-Wook Stars: Kim Min-hee, Kim Tae-ri, Ha Jung-woo "Kinky as a coiled rope" was one of the juicier and more memorable press clippings that came attached to Peter Strickland's sensual lesbian drama The Duke Of Burgundy a couple of years ago and it's a soundbite that one might happily apply to Park Chan-Wook's latest, which … Continue reading Review: The Handmaiden

Review: Fences

Director: Denzel Washington Stars: Denzel Washington, Viola Davis, Jovan Adepo Denzel Washington is something of an old fashioned Hollywood star. He shuns the limelight, manages to stay out of the gossip columns. Works doggedly for studios on safe, respectable pictures, generally maintains a level of solid integrity. That doesn't make him especially 'interesting' in some … Continue reading Review: Fences