Celebrity Rising: The Stars of the 2010s

Do not worry about that title. The Lost Highway Hotel isn't about to descend into vacuous red carpet glamour. But as the end of the decade starts appearing on the horizon (and with 100 film recommendations already live for your exploration) it felt like a neat time to celebrate the incredible acting talents that have … Continue reading Celebrity Rising: The Stars of the 2010s

Review: How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World

Director: Dean DeBlois Stars: America Ferrera, Jay Baruchel, Cate Blanchett How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World begins in murk, with the enterprising viking heroes of the first two films liberating a number of caged dragons from hunter/trapper Grimmel (F. Murray Abraham). The sequence sees characters emerging from the mist in a variety of … Continue reading Review: How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World

Review: Ocean’s Eight

Director: Gary Ross Stars: Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway It's highly possible I'm looking in the wrong (or right) places, but it seems as though the manchild brigade who so thoroughly soiled their nappies over Paul Feig's Ghostbusters haven't had much to say about the arrival of Ocean's Eight. Maybe they're all still too busy getting … Continue reading Review: Ocean’s Eight

Review: Thor: Ragnarok

Director: Taika Waititi Stars: Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Cate Blanchett Depending on how you land on Thor: Ragnarok, this is either where the lumbering Marvel Cinematic Universe really starts to unshackle itself from so much box-ticking, or the installment at which the franchise tips and, if not exactly jumps the shark, at least gets ready for … Continue reading Review: Thor: Ragnarok

Review: Song To Song

Director: Terrence Malick Stars: Rooney Mara, Ryan Gosling, Michael Fassbender Former cinematic recluse Terrence Malick has had a surge in creativity over the course of this decade unlike anything in his career previously, though the fruits of this late bloom have divided his audience; those that are charmed by his lighter-than-air touch and fondness for … Continue reading Review: Song To Song

Review: Knight Of Cups

Terrence Malick's latest film - his third in five years - continues the trend of his recent material, relying less on plot than on the notion of collage. Through the weightless, angelic camerawork of Emmanuel Lubezki (The Revenant), Malick invites his audience to participate in defining the shape and parameters of his increasingly fluid work. … Continue reading Review: Knight Of Cups

The Lost Highway Hotel Awards 2016

I live in two minds about award ceremonies. On the one hand picking the best anything is an act of futility. Taste has so much to do with it. So because of that they seem indulgent and overblown, at worst self-congratulatory acts of excess when so many more vital things warrant the cost and attention. … Continue reading The Lost Highway Hotel Awards 2016

Review: Carol

Falling in love is awful. That normal, stable person that you used to be disappears, vanished like a dream on waking. Good sense and judgement are temporarily abandoned, or become concepts that require effort to achieve in any credible sense. That other person preoccupies you. To incessant, maddening degrees, either in literal thought or a … Continue reading Review: Carol

Review: How To Train Your Dragon 2

How To Train Your Dragon was one of 2010's very best surprises. Dreamworks' animated output up to that point had done little to particularly bother the competition elsewhere, nor garner much praise from critics, yet Daniel DeBlois and Chris Sanders' adaptation of Cressida Cowell's series of children's books scored them a word-of-mouth success, even as the … Continue reading Review: How To Train Your Dragon 2

Review: The Hobbit – The Desolation Of Smaug

It's that time of year again. Getting taken back to Middle Earth by the trusted hand of Peter Jackson has become a sort of yuletide treasure in itself, such is the fondness with which we remember seeing his Tolkien adaptations at Christmas time. It's an element of sweet nostalgia that served Jackson well last year … Continue reading Review: The Hobbit – The Desolation Of Smaug

Review: Blue Jasmine

First off, a disclaimer of sorts; I've never reviewed a Woody Allen movie before. There are two good reasons for this, and I hope to set aside both in order to do this film justice. The first is that I haven't seen many Woody Allen movies. The second is that I haven't seen many Woody … Continue reading Review: Blue Jasmine

Review: The Hobbit – An Unexpected Journey

When it was announced that Peter Jackson's troubled realisation of J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit was going to be two movies, I sighed a little. This was a comparatively slim children's fantasy story, and whilst I enjoyed his The Lord of the Rings films immensely, the (excuse me) bagginess of Return of the King was still very fresh in the … Continue reading Review: The Hobbit – An Unexpected Journey