Review: The Night House

Director: David Bruckner Stars: Rebecca Hall, Stacy Martin, Vondie Curtis-Hall Showing nationwide in multiplexes, The Night House isn't the easily-digested Friday night thriller it sorta kinda looks like it is. It's tougher than that. Moodier. Actually, downright morose. It takes you places and makes you think about depressing things. Death, mainly, and the paralysing fear that … Continue reading Review: The Night House

Review: Midsommar

Director: Ari Aster Stars: Florence Pugh, Jack Reynor, William Jackson Harper Two films into his career, and you get the feeling that Ari Aster is working through some shit. Anyone who caught last year's Hereditary will have already guessed two things; 1) Aster is interested in the extremes of the grieving process and 2) he … Continue reading Review: Midsommar

Review: Mister John

One of the great lies of film and television is that grief and bereavement are exciting, dramatic emotions, filled with intensity. They can be, sure, but more often than not they are profoundly numbing, confusing, overwhelming sensations, causing a complete disconnect from perceived normality. This numbness, this unusual stillness, this feeling that the world around … Continue reading Review: Mister John

Review: Gravity

Bloody hell, this has a lot to live up to. I've been trying to avoid explicit details about Gravity, save for that mesmeric trailer. Nevertheless, the general hubbub of ecstatic praise has been hard to sidestep. And, aside from that feeble, attention-seeking article on the Metro website, it certainly feels as though critical reception for … Continue reading Review: Gravity