Review: Wounds

Director: Babak Anvari Stars: Dakota Johnson, Armie Hammer, Zazie Beetz It makes perfect sense that Annapurna Pictures would snap up the first English language property from Babak Anvari, the British-Iranian director responsible for the deeply effective chiller Under The Shadow. Anvari seemed fully formed right out the gate; a safe bet to deliver an indie … Continue reading Review: Wounds

Review: Suspiria (2018)

Director: Luca Guadagnino Stars: Tilda Swinton, Dakota Johnson, Mia Goth It's an old truism that we communicate far more through our body language than we ever do verbally. How we carry ourselves. Our posture. The amount of eye contact we maintain. All of these things are indicators. Tells of the feelings we have and the … Continue reading Review: Suspiria (2018)

Review: Bad Times At The El Royale

Director: Drew Goddard Stars: Jeff Bridges, Cynthia Erivo, Jon Hamm And lo, Drew Goddard, director of The Cabin In The Woods, finished watching Quentin Tarantino's The Hateful Eight and thought to himself, "Well, I could do better than that." That's probably not what happened, but it certainly comes close to capturing a little of what Bad Times At The … Continue reading Review: Bad Times At The El Royale

Review: Fifty Shades Freed

Director: James Foley Stars: Dakota Johnson, Jamie Dornan, Rita Ora While it was guilty of a multitude of sins, sloppy seconds Fifty Shades Darker did manage to provide the comedic high point of the series thus far; an astonishing sequence in which Christian Grey (Jamie Dornan) was involved in a helicopter crash only to spontaneously … Continue reading Review: Fifty Shades Freed

Review: Fifty Shades Darker

Director: James Foley Stars: Dakota Johnson, Jamie Dornan, Kim Basinger What will historians make of the Fifty Shades craze if we survive the coming apocalypse of tongue lolling, phone scrolling stupidity? Will it be seen as a signpost, like Trump, of our ongoing self-destructive pull against societal advancement? A knee jerking against the tide of … Continue reading Review: Fifty Shades Darker

Review: How To Be Single

It's been a week since Valentine's Day. My local HMV has a special display of LPs under the heading "Best Break Up Albums" and How To Be Single has just hit cinemas. Evidently a lot of marketing execs don't fancy our chances. They do know how to lure an audience in, however. If you've seen the … Continue reading Review: How To Be Single

Review: Fifty Shades Of Grey

There are moments of genuine shame that stay with you. Not your average moments of regret, but the ones that even at the time make you think less of yourself. A few linger in my mind if I let them. Getting cajoled into nasty playground taunting of some kid who didn't deserve it. Lying to … Continue reading Review: Fifty Shades Of Grey