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: Mank

Director: David Fincher Stars: Gary Oldman, Amanda Seyfried, Tuppence Middleton Thanks to his episodic endeavours for Netflix - House of Cards but chiefly Mindhunter - it's been six long years since we were gifted A Film by David Fincher. The drought is up with this stylishly monochrome biopic of rummy Hollywood screenwriter Herman 'Mank' Mankiewicz. … Continue reading Review: Mank

How Fetch: Mean Girls at 15

Mean Girls hardly invented the high school movie, but in 2004 it came damned close to perfecting it. That certainly seemed to be the consensus at the time and immediately after. Tina Fey's savvy script took the 'Buffyisms' of Sunnydale and accentuated them; saw the jagged edges of Jawbreaker and smoothed them. Based on a … Continue reading How Fetch: Mean Girls at 15

Review: First Reformed

Director: Paul Schrader Stars: Ethan Hawke, Amanda Seyfried, Philip Ettinger Paul Schrader has directed many films over the years and written many more, including Taxi Driver. Unquestionably the film he is most often praised for, Scorsese's realisation of his screenplay, together with Robert De Niro's iconic performance, locked it's status as a cinematic classic. Whatever Schrader may … Continue reading Review: First Reformed

Twin Peaks Season 3: Part 11

There will be SPOILERS throughout this post. Despite my assumptions last week that Part 10 was tangential filler before our arrival at 'the day' for Hawk (Michael Horse) and Sheriff Frank Truman (Robert Forster) to follow the trail left by Major Briggs, Part 11 found us still two days away from that important event. No matter, for … Continue reading Twin Peaks Season 3: Part 11

Twin Peaks Season 3: Part 10

There will be SPOILERS throughout this piece. While half the world was having their bums numbed by one of the most dramatically bereft episodes of Game Of Thrones so far, Twin Peaks fans were treated to something moderately more stimulating as Lynch and Frost keep the engine running this week with a lot of bitty moments forwarding some … Continue reading Twin Peaks Season 3: Part 10

Twin Peaks Season 3: Part 5

This post will contain SPOILERS from the beginning. For some of us it's been an awfully long fortnight following so much new material. It was almost overwhelming being handed four hours of new Twin Peaks, especially seeing as David Lynch seems keen to double-down on his reputation for dream logic, disturbing brutality and extremely absurd humour. It … Continue reading Twin Peaks Season 3: Part 5