The Sleazoid Life of Pets

Stray dogs roam the Californian beaches. Among them strays Bonnie (Candice Rialson); a beautiful blonde, on the run from her domineering, violent and resentful brother. Raphael Nussbaum's 1973 grindhouse classic Pets will follow her through a triptych of sexually charged situations, as the film at large explores themes of possession. Spoilers ahead... Newly reissued in the … Continue reading The Sleazoid Life of Pets

Time Capsule: Demonlover

Director: Olivier Assayas Stars: Connie Nielsen, Chloë Sevigny, Gina Gershon Having been wooed by Olivier Assayas' recent output (Personal Shopper and particularly Clouds Of Sils Maria) its been gratifying to find the UK's independent labels responding to a desire to work back through his catalogue. Earlier works have been made available on physical media thanks to … Continue reading Time Capsule: Demonlover

Review: Phantom Thread

Director: Paul Thomas Anderson Stars: Vicky Krieps, Daniel Day-Lewis, Lesley Manville There is a darkly comic scene somewhere in the region of an hour into Phantom Thread in which a woman named Barbara Rose (Harriet Sansom Harris) sits pickled at a wedding party in an outfit made for her by master dressmaker Reynolds Woodcock (Daniel … Continue reading Review: Phantom Thread

Why I Love… #75: Secretary

Year: 2002 Director: Steven Shainberg Stars: Maggie Gyllenhaal (Lee Holloway), James Spader (Mr Grey), Jeremy Davies (Peter), Lesley Ann Warren (Joan Holloway), Stephen McHattie (Burt Holloway), Patrick Bauchau (Dr. Twardon) Genre: Romance / Drama / Comedy In light of a conspicuous new release in cinemas, now seems like an apt time to unpack the virtues of Steven Shainberg's delightful … Continue reading Why I Love… #75: Secretary

Review: Fifty Shades Of Grey

There are moments of genuine shame that stay with you. Not your average moments of regret, but the ones that even at the time make you think less of yourself. A few linger in my mind if I let them. Getting cajoled into nasty playground taunting of some kid who didn't deserve it. Lying to … Continue reading Review: Fifty Shades Of Grey