Review: Alita: Battle Angel

Director: Robert Rodriguez Stars: Rosa Salazar, Christoph Waltz, Keean Johnson Back in the 90's, the OAV (Original Animated Video) was one of the best ways of encountering high-concept Japanese anime, and Battle Angel: Alita was one of the crown jewels of the era. Based on the manga series Gunnm by Yukito Kishiro, it saw a young … Continue reading Review: Alita: Battle Angel

Review: Spectre

Much has been made, since he took up the mantle, of how Daniel Craig has rejuvenated Bond, bringing Ian Fleming's super spy kicking and scowling into the 21st century. And, yes, the series has felt fresher. It was there in the hot-blooded callousness of (the underrated) Quantum Of Solace, and in the more engrossing, personal … Continue reading Review: Spectre

Review: The Zero Theorem

  Qohen Leth (Christoph Waltz) is a drone working for Mancom, a number-cruncher with a catalogue of phobias and neuroses who longs to work from home in the hopes of receiving a divine telephone call; one that will give meaning to his woeful existence. He missed that call once. He's not going to let it … Continue reading Review: The Zero Theorem

Review: Django Unchained

Much as Wes Anderson's films increasingly resemble elaborate and extended versions of Max Fischer's plays from Rushmore, so Quentin Tarantino's post-millennial output bring to mind the kind of trashy screenplays Pulp Fiction's Mia Wallace might've auditioned for. Hell, Kill Bill was essentially the Fox Force Five show mentioned in the Jack Rabbit Slims sequence. Anyone waiting for Tarantino … Continue reading Review: Django Unchained

Review: Carnage

***originally written 15 February 2012*** Ask a lot of directors what the hardest thing to shoot is, and they'll say that it's four people sitting around a table talking to each other. There are only so many ways to make it interesting. Only so many ways of maintaining visual interest before resorting to arch compositions … Continue reading Review: Carnage

Review: Inglourious Basterds

***originally written 16 August 2009*** Quentin Tarantino's latest cartoon is a wicked and idiosyncratic romp through Nazi-occupied France. I say cartoon because that's the mindset of the piece. It's colourful, silly, frequently aiming for laughs, mocks realism (and history) at every turn, and - as some cartoons are able of being - occasionally unexpectedly poignant. … Continue reading Review: Inglourious Basterds