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 …

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 …

Review: X-Men: Apocalypse

Director: Bryan Singer Stars: Jennifer Lawrence, Oscar Isaac, Evan Peters 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 …

Review: Frank

Director: Leonard Abrahamson Stars: Maggie Gyllenhaal, Domnhall Gleeson, Michael Fassbender 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 …

Review: 12 Years A Slave

Director: Steve McQueen Stars: Chiwetel Eijofor, Lupita Nyong'o, Brad Pitt 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 …

Review: The Counsellor

Director: Ridley Scott Stars: Javier Bardem, Cameron Diaz, Michael Fassbender 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 …

Review: Prometheus

Director: Ridley Scott Stars: Noomi Rapace, Idris Elba, Charlize Theron ***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. …

Review: Shame

Director: Steve McQueen Stars: Michael Fassbender, Carey Mulligan, Nicole Beharie ***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 …