Review: IT Chapter Two

Director: Andy Muschietti Stars: Bill Hader, Jessica Chastain, James McAvoy Andy Muschietti's IT felt like a culmination of everything popular horror had been trying to do in the cinema for the past 10 years. It was a grandiose, nostalgia-laced funhouse of jump scares. It moved sleekly, it looked gorgeous and - as with King's doorstop source … Continue reading Review: IT Chapter Two

Review: Maggie’s Plan

Director: Rebecca Miller Stars: Greta Gerwig, Ethan Hawke, Julianne Moore I've been thinking of drawing up bingo cards for the genre staples of the New York indie relationship dramedy. A box full of boxes each one containing a different recognisable trope. The studio apartment. The academic novelist. The charming park bench scene. Piles of books. The … Continue reading Review: Maggie’s Plan

Review: Trainwreck

Amy's father Gordon (Colin Quinn) offends everyone. He's a racist, a homophobe, from all accounts a serial adulterer. Yet he keeps a collection of snow globes. Midway through Trainwreck we see Amy (Amy Schumer) sorting through these globes with a great feeling of nostalgia for them. It's a well-judged moment of reflection and a key to … Continue reading Review: Trainwreck

Review: Inside Out

Ordinarily, I'm just about the worst person to ask about a Disney Pixar animation. While I try to remain open to any and all modes, methods and genres of filmmaking, CG animation seems to find me hitting in a wall. I repeatedly find it very difficult to connect with. I drummed my fingers through Monsters Inc ('til I … Continue reading Review: Inside Out