100 Great Films Of The 21st Century – Part 3

The mid-section of this alphabetical list highlighting some of the exemplary work produced since the year 2000. If you're stuck for something to watch and you're scrolling through [insert name of streaming service here] and see any one of these titles, it's a safe bet you'll have found something worth a look. That's probably about … Continue reading 100 Great Films Of The 21st Century – Part 3

Review: Queen Of Earth

With its lakeside setting in upstate New York and its depiction of post traumatic psychological fallout, Alex Ross Perry's Queen Of Earth feels like a kindred spirit to Sean Durkin's similarly themed and structured 2011 feature Martha Marcy May Marlene, only more queasily strung-out. Where Durkin had Elizabeth Olsen's chilly, unreadable face as his trump card, Perry … Continue reading Review: Queen Of Earth

List: 50 Best Films Of The Decade So Far (50-26)

I try not to do lists too often on here, as I'm almost constantly making them in my personal life (it's an issue I'm comfortable with). They can seem like filler material, and too many posts of that ilk render all of them pointless. Last year, at my most indulgent, I attempted to compile a list of … Continue reading List: 50 Best Films Of The Decade So Far (50-26)

The Best of 2012

The top ten ShameThe MasterHoly MotorsGoodbye First LoveMartha Marcy May MarleneExcisionThe Tree Of LifeKiller JoeStarletYoung Adult Film Of The YearShame The first film I saw at the cinema in 2012, and, as the year closes, still the one that left the greatest impression. Michael Fassbender’s controlled performance as Brandon sears the screen, ably complimented by … Continue reading The Best of 2012

Review: Martha Marcy May Marlene

***originally written 17 February 2012*** Martha sneaks out of the commune at dawn, crosses the road and heads into the woods. One of the boys follows her, so she hides. He finds her later in the town, sat in a diner and tries to coax her back to the house, but she resists. Reluctantly, she … Continue reading Review: Martha Marcy May Marlene