What About… Prometheus

It was doomed, in a way. Having weathered the Grand Guignol misfire of 1997's Alien Resurrection, and ran the gauntlet of the insipid (non-canon) Alien vs Predator movies of the mid-2000s, xenomorph fans needed something to believe in. Word that the Godfather of Alien himself - Ridley Scott - was returning to the series set … Continue reading What About… Prometheus

Review: Song To Song

Director: Terrence Malick Stars: Rooney Mara, Ryan Gosling, Michael Fassbender Former cinematic recluse Terrence Malick has had a surge in creativity over the course of this decade unlike anything in his career previously, though the fruits of this late bloom have divided his audience; those that are charmed by his lighter-than-air touch and fondness for … Continue reading Review: Song To Song

Review: Alien Covenant

Director: Ridley Scott Stars: Katherine Waterston, Michael Fassbender, Billy Crudup Its time for Ridley Scott to stop. The man's earned it. Now on the cusp of his 80th birthday, the acclaimed director has shown an admirable and inexhaustible work ethic, but there also comes a time when it's probably best to step away. At least, from the things … Continue reading Review: Alien Covenant

Review: X-Men: Apocalypse

X-Men: Apocalypse arrives buoyed by the critical and commercial success of both Matthew Vaughn's spirited First Class and Bryan Singer's own Days Of Future Past; both entertaining and comparatively impressive franchise instalments that have breathed new life into a series which seemed mired, for a time, by bad Wolverine spin-offs and haunted by the troubled ghost of … Continue reading Review: X-Men: Apocalypse

Review: Frank

I'm sitting here googling Chris Sievey, the musician and comedian made sporadically famous in the UK largely between the '70s and '90s for his creation Frank Sidebottom, feeling as though I'm coming at this knowledge from the wrong end. Having been in my teens in the '90s I have a recollection of Sievey's character, but … Continue reading Review: Frank

Review: 12 Years A Slave

Steve McQueen, former Turner Prize-winning artist turned white-hot front-runner for British cinema, makes films about men in prisons. With his searing debut Hunger, detailing the last days of Bobby Sands in Maze Prison, this was approached literally. With his superb second film Shame, he turned inward, portraying a sex addict walled-up inside his own psychological labyrinth. For … Continue reading Review: 12 Years A Slave

Review: The Counsellor

Full disclosure upfront: my favourite author is Cormac McCarthy. Suttree. Blood Meridian. All The Pretty Horses. The Crossing. There's four masterpieces right there. Give me time and I'll make cases for Outer Dark and The Road too. As an aspiring writer, his is the level of ability I measure my own attempts against, and its no wonder I find … Continue reading Review: The Counsellor

Review: Prometheus

***originally written 2 June 2012*** ***THERE WILL BE SPOILERS. BIG ONES*** Still here? Okay. Hype. Hype and expectation can be funny things in the film industry. They can make or break a film. Creating them is the master craft of the marketing department. Product placement. Trailers. Tie-in promotions. Journo exclusives. And in the modern world, … Continue reading Review: Prometheus

Review: A Dangerous Method

***originally written 24 February 2012*** David Cronenberg is one of my favourite directors still working today, so of course I had A Dangerous Method on my radar. His latest film breaks a silence that has lasted for almost five years, the longest sabbatical in a career that has, for the most part, seen the director … Continue reading Review: A Dangerous Method

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 … Continue reading Review: Shame