Director: James Franco Stars: James Franco, Alison Brie, Dave Franco "I did not hit her. It's not true. It's bullshit. I did not hit her. I did not. Oh hi Mark." For some the above stream of nonsense will appear as exactly that and have no relevance. For others (disclosure: myself wholeheartedly included) these words … Continue reading Review: The Disaster Artist
Director: Damien Chazelle Stars: Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, John Legend Damien Whiplash Chazelle loves jazz and you should too. That's the long and the short of it, and if pushing us through his aforementioned white-knuckle hyper-drama hadn't changed our minds then this time he's turning on the charm. Switching up (considerably), he now presents us... an old-fashioned … Continue reading Review: La La Land
Over the last decade especially, the Coen Brothers' output has swung steadily like a metronome; from bleak, lean thriller No Country For Old Men to the acidic comedy of Burn After Reading; the existential crisis of A Serious Man to the crowd pleasuring adventurism of True Grit; the melancholy of Inside Llewyn Davis to their latest effort, Hail, Caesar! - a classic … Continue reading Review: Hail, Caesar!
Starry Eyes is a new horror film from writer/director duo Kevin Kolsch and Dennis Widmyer that's been unfairly sidelined to straight-to-DVD anonymity here in the UK (Not even a blu-ray? What the hell, Metrodome?). It's a minor tragedy that deserves correction, as this is one of the most memorable and toe-curlingly visceral movie experiences of … Continue reading Review: Starry Eyes
Maps To The Stars seems to cement David Cronenberg moving into a new third phase in his career. Having made a name for himself in the 70's and 80's with provocative and perverse body horror pictures, his output since has been almost entirely literary, adapting disparate or 'unfilmable' source materials (his last self-written film was 1999's eXistenZ). … Continue reading Review: Maps To The Stars
"Directed by Ben Affleck". At one time, before the California-born actor started his endeavours behind the camera, those words would have been treated with suspicion. Sure, together with Matt Damon, Affleck had cut his teeth putting pen to paper for the movies, but this was followed by some ill-advised movie choices (Pearl Harbor, Gigli). Come … Continue reading Review: Argo