Review: The Artist

***originally written 23 January 2012*** At this time in early 2010, as the awards season was hotting up, the film on everyone’s lips was Avatar, and debate was raging over whether James Cameron’s astounding technological achievement would be recognised as a major leap forward and a ‘game-changer’. The consensus seemed to be that 3D was …

Review: Shame

***originally written 11 January 2012*** Some films are driven by narrative, others by the notion of forwarding an idea or opinion. Then there are films that don’t attempt to explain or persuade, but simply to illuminate. Shame is such a film. A character study that points it’s focus at a subject matter still incredibly taboo …

Review: Somewhere

***originally written 14 December 2010*** Complaining that Somewhere is slow is foolish. It's like complaining that a Michael Bay film has explosions. Sofia Coppola has made her name with slow moving, thoughtful pictures, absorbed in the minutiae and nuance of human behaviour. Her films thus far have been exquisitely framed, languid and poetic, heartfelt and …

Review: The Road

***originally written 11 January 2010*** Film adaptations of literary fiction are a tricky thing to do right. How do you condense a novel, with all of it's subtle nuances, into two hours of mass-consumable entertainment? Especially something like The Road, a book which already has quite a following, a word-of-mouth success that introduced many - …