Review: The Double

Director: Richard Aoyade Stars: Mia Wasikowska, Jesse Eisenberg, Wallace Shawn Influence hangs heavy in the air in Richard Aoyade's darkly comic second feature The Double. An adaptation of Dostoyevsky's novella, it tells the tale of one man, Simon James (Jesse Eisenberg), who feels invisible within a hermetically sealed world. He is but a gear in a great, …

Why I Love… #64: The Stuff

Year: 1985 Director: Larry Cohen Stars: Michael Moriarty (David 'Mo' Rutherford), Andrea Marcovicci (Nicole), Garrett Morris ('Chocolate Chip' Charlie), Scott Bloom (Jason), Paul Sorvino (Col. Spears) Genre: Horror / Comedy / Science Fiction In less than 2 minutes and before any credits have rolled, Larry Cohen's superb 80s 'B-picture' The Stuff announces its shrewd, prescient ethos. During …

Review: The Grand Budapest Hotel

Director: Wes Anderson Stars: Ralph Fiennes, Tony Revolori, F. Murray Abraham The Grand Budapest Hotel is the latest film from that gentleman of American cinema Wes Anderson. His is the dapper sensibility that has previously brought us the immense pleasures of Rushmore, The Royal Tenenbaums, and most recently the popular Moonrise Kingdom. Of all of the auteurs presently …

Review: Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues

Director: Adam McKay Stars: Steve Carrell, Paul Rudd, Will Ferrell There was a time, a time before Anchorman... But really, who wants to remember that time? Will Ferrell and Adam McKay's first movie about news-reading anarchy has enjoyed the kind of ripple-effect longevity that comedy filmmakers dream of. So it's easy to forget that, on release, …

Review: Nebraska

Director: Alexander Payne Stars: Will Forte, Bruce Dern, June Squibb Alexander Payne films sort of sneak up on you. Working to a different tempo than most other notable American directors today, Payne offers the prospect of gentle comedy, only to underpin his stories with heartfelt depth and wryly subversive observations. He seems particularly adept at …

Why I Love… #39: Fargo

Year: 1996 Director: Joel Coen Stars: Frances McDormand (Marge Gunderson), Steve Buscemi (Carl Showalter), William H Macy (Jerry Lundegaard), Harve Presnell (Wade Gustafson), Peter Stormare (Gaear Grimsrud), John Carroll Lynch (Norm Gunderson), Steve Park (Mike Yanagita) Genre: Crime Thriller / Comedy "They got this guy, in Germany. Fritz Something-or-other. Or is it? Maybe it's Werner. …