Review: The World to Come

Director: Mona Fastvold Stars: Vanessa Kirby, Katherine Waterston, Christopher Abbott Like many women of her generation, Abigail (Katherine Waterston) has compartmentalised her wit, intelligence and ambition and accepted the hardened, ring-fenced existence of a farmer's wife. It is 1856 and Schoharie County, New York. A harsh winter causes much suffering for Abigail as diphtheria robs … Continue reading Review: The World to Come

Review: The Old Man & The Gun

Director: David Lowery Stars: Robert Redford, Sissy Spacek, Casey Affleck The idea of legacies have haunted David Lowery's work lately. In 2017's A Ghost Story, deceased Casey Affleck was sent careering through his own life and love, covered up by a white sheet. The Old Man & The Gun, written and directed by Lowery and based on … Continue reading Review: The Old Man & The Gun

Review: A Ghost Story

Director: David Lowery Stars: Casey Affleck, Rooney Mara, Will Oldham There are five minutes in David Lowery's A Ghost Story in which you watch Rooney Mara sit on the floor eating a pie, crying. That's all that you're watching. It's just Rooney Mara sitting on the floor, eating a pie and crying. For about five minutes. … Continue reading Review: A Ghost Story

Review: Manchester By The Sea

Director: Kenneth Lonergan Stars: Casey Affleck, Michelle Williams, Lucas Hedges Kenneth Lonergan's latest indie epic is here, and like his last - 2011's under-seen Margaret - it's a slowly defrosting tale of grief and responsibility, implicitly American in its specific geography but broadly universal in its honest truisms.  Lonergan plies his trade in an overpopulated field, … Continue reading Review: Manchester By The Sea

Review: Interstellar

My major criticism of recent Christopher Nolan films (the pretty-great Inception and the rather-lacking The Dark Knight Rises) has been their rigidity. Nolan is a supremely accomplished and endlessly talented filmmaker, but his strengths flourish in a technical sense. His recent works have felt more like architectural achievements than films; dense, complex, fastidiously crafted. But watching them … Continue reading Review: Interstellar

Why I Love… #65: The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford

Year: 2007 Director: Andrew Dominik Stars: Brad Pitt (Jesse James), Casey Affleck (Robert Ford), Sam Rockwell (Charley Ford), Sam Shepard (Frank James), Jeremy Renner (Wood Hite), Paul Schneider (Dick Liddil), Garret Dillahunt (Ed Miller), Mary Louise Parker (Zee James) Genre: Western With my local cinemas stuck in a loop giving victory laps to the big … Continue reading Why I Love… #65: The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford

Review: The Killer Inside Me

***originally written 25 June 2010*** Odds on, if you've heard of Michael Winterbottom's new film The Killer Inside Me, based on the book of the same name (which I have not read) by Jim Thompson, then you've heard that it's courted controversy for it's graphic scenes of violence. In Empire's review they called it 'a … Continue reading Review: The Killer Inside Me