Review: The Little Things

Director: John Lee Hancock Stars: Denzel Washington, Rami Malek, Jared Leto It shouldn't be this way, but the mid-budget meat'n'potatoes serial killer crime thriller has become something of a novelty. Back in the '90s they were a dime a dozen. Now, their relative paucity causes any new offering to trigger a kind of wistful nostalgia. … Continue reading Review: The Little Things

Review: El Camino – A Breaking Bad Movie

Director: Vince Gilligan Stars: Aaron Paul, Robert Forster, Charles Baker Breaking Bad ended pretty well. Goddamn well, actually. That final run of episodes was TV dynamite, and an almost fully-formed exercise in how to close out a supremely popular cultural phenomenon (not always easy, is it, Game of Thrones?). Head honcho Vince Gilligan and his … Continue reading Review: El Camino – A Breaking Bad Movie

Review: You Were Never Really Here

Director: Lynne Ramsay Stars: Joaquin Phoenix, Judith Roberts, Ekaterina Samsonov "Whatever happened to the strong silent type?" Tony Soprano would bemoan defensively throughout The Sopranos, most often using Gary Cooper as an example to eschew the need for his own therapy. The truth is, Tony, that this particular trope never really went anywhere, and remains … Continue reading Review: You Were Never Really Here

Review: Suburbicon

Director: George Clooney Stars: Matt Damon, Noah Jupe, Glenn Fleshler Poor George Clooney, he just can't seem to get a break. Go back 20 years or so and that statement would sound ludicrous; he was the biggest name in Hollywood (whether he wanted to be or not) and could have the pick of projects to … Continue reading Review: Suburbicon

Review: Good Time

Directors: Benny Safdie, Josh Safdie Stars: Robert Pattinson, Benny Safdie, Buddy Duress The millstone of starring in a widely derided young adult franchise has spurred Twilight star Robert Pattinson into a series of increasingly impressive independent roles which have rehabilitated his credentials to the point that his involvement is now a draw rather than a concern. … Continue reading Review: Good Time

Review: Baby Driver

Director: Edgar Wright Stars: Ansel Elgort, Jon Hamm, Kevin Spacey On the day of its release, Edgar Wright tweeted "I’m pinching myself because #BabyDriverMovie is a vision that I dreamt up 22 years ago and now it’s being released in cinemas worldwide." Watching the film in the cinema - it's oh-so natural home - you … Continue reading Review: Baby Driver

Review: I Don’t Feel At Home In This World Anymore.

Director: Macon Blair Stars: Melanie Lynskey, Elijah Wood, Robert Longstreet First of all, Melanie Lynskey kills it here, so there's that, okay? She's just the best. I Don't Feel At Home In This World Anymore. is the feature debut from Macon Blair, star of Jeremy Saulnier's Blue Ruin (he also played a supporting role in Green Room). The sensibility … Continue reading Review: I Don’t Feel At Home In This World Anymore.

Review: The Frontier

Director: Oren Shai Stars: Jocelin Donahue, Kelly Lynch, Izabella Miko "Where is Rod Serling? I feel like I just entered an episode of The Twilight Zone!" So speaks one of a variety of eccentric characters in Oren Shai's deliciously stylish The Frontier; an example of self-aware dialogue in a film that seems to exist wholly within a set … Continue reading Review: The Frontier

Why I Love… #86: Branded To Kill

Year: 1967 Director: Seijun Suzuki Stars: Jô Shishido (Gorô Hanada), Kôji Nanbara (No 1), Anne Mari (Misako), Mariko Ogawa (Mami Hanada), Isao Tamagawa (Michihiko Yabuhara) Genre: Action / Crime Thriller Released in its native Japan in 1967, Branded To Kill was a product of Nikkatsu Studios but one of a very different stripe to their usual. At the time Nikkatsu were one of the most prolific studios … Continue reading Why I Love… #86: Branded To Kill

Review: Victoria

Before we get started there is a bit of health and safety business worth mentioning that I've not seen anywhere else as of yet, least of all at the top of the film. Victoria opens with an extended sequence of strobe lighting. If you are someone who is adversely affected by such things, you might well … Continue reading Review: Victoria

Why I Love… #78: Touch Of Evil

Year: 1958 / 1998 Director: Orson Welles Stars: Charlton Heston (Ramon Miguel Vargas), Janet Leigh (Susan Vargas), Orson Welles (Hank Quinlan), Joseph Calleia (Pete Menzies), Akim Tamiroff (Uncle Joe Grandi), Victor Millan (Manolo Sanchez), Marlene Dietrich (Tana) Genre: Crime Thriller / Noir Touch Of Evil and the work of Orson Welles stand gargantuan in the … Continue reading Why I Love… #78: Touch Of Evil

Review: Nightcrawler

When we first meet Lou Bloom (Jake Gyllenhaal) it's tough to size up exactly what kind of man he is. We initially encounter him caught by a security guard, pilfering chain-link fencing to sell to a scrapper's yard. That he is next seen successfully having navigated this obstacle intrigues as much as it alarms. What of the … Continue reading Review: Nightcrawler

Why I Love… #69: Sympathy For Mr Vengeance

Year: 2002 Director: Park Chan-Wook Stars: Song Kang-Ho (Park Dong-Jin), Shin Ha-Kyun (Ryu), Doona Bae (Cha Yeong-Mi), Lim Ji-Eun (Ryu's Sister), Han Bo-Bae (Yu-Sun) Genre: Crime Thriller In 2002, The Coen Brothers released one of their least loved films; a screwball romantic comedy starring George Clooney and Catherine Zeta-Jones called Intolerable Cruelty. The film itself … Continue reading Why I Love… #69: Sympathy For Mr Vengeance

Review: Cold In July

Cold In July, directed by Jim Mickle, is one of the most confusing films I've seen in a while. Not because the plot is complex or hard to follow (and believe me, we'll come back to the plot later), and not because I missed some important information at a pivotal moment. Instead the confusion arises from … Continue reading Review: Cold In July

Review: Blue Ruin

"A mysterious outsider's quiet life is turned upside down when he returns to his childhood home to carry out an act of vengeance." There are two sentences that make up the brief 'storyline' section on Blue Ruin's imdb page. That's the first of them. And it kind of misrepresents a film that has already had a … Continue reading Review: Blue Ruin