Minutiae: The Smile in Death Proof

This week Ennio Morricone was reported to have taken potshots at Quentin Tarantino in an interview with claims that he called the director a 'cretin' whose movies are 'trash'; something Morricone has since vehemently denied. Whether he did or not, it seemed like a viable time to take a look back at my favourite moment … Continue reading Minutiae: The Smile in Death Proof

Review: 10 Cloverfield Lane

Back in 1999 following the immense success of The Blair Witch Project (the first 'viral' word-of-mouth film?) there was a notable rise in the number of found footage films being made. Dramas disguised as documentaries. They were cheap, they drew crowds, they made money. They were, with one or two exceptions, awful. But they were starting … Continue reading Review: 10 Cloverfield Lane

Review: Faults

Faults, written and directed by Riley Stearns, begins with a front-runner for best opening scene of the year. It introduces us to Ansel Roth, sitting in a hotel restaurant finishing a courtesy meal. He has a voucher to prove he is entitled to it. Thing is... he used up his voucher the night before, and the … Continue reading Review: Faults

Why I Love… #17: Death Proof

Year: 2007 Director: Quentin Tarantino Stars: Kurt Russell (Stuntman Mike), Rosario Dawson (Abernathy), Vanessa Ferlito (Butterfly), Zoe Bell (Herself), Sydney Poitier (Jungle Julia), Mary Elizabeth Winstead (Lee), Rose McGowan (Pam), Tracie Thoms (Kim), Jordan Ladd (Shanna) Genre: Exploitation / Thriller Something tells me this is going to be a hard one to justify for a … Continue reading Why I Love… #17: Death Proof

Review: The Thing

***originally written 2 December 2011*** Welcome to a cave of forgotten nightmares. When news first broke a couple of years ago that there was going to be a prequel to John Carpenter’s The Thing (it’s official title – and one that it’s going to be helpful to refer to it as) the initial reaction, at … Continue reading Review: The Thing

Review: Scott Pilgrim vs. the World

***originally written 24 August 2010*** It had to happen eventually. Someone let Edgar Wright loose in Hollywood. After finding acclaim with both Shaun Of The Dead and Hot Fuzz, two fine and particularly British comedy movies from the last decade, Wright was always going to be lured away. Thus the triumvirate of Wright, Frost (Nick) … Continue reading Review: Scott Pilgrim vs. the World