Celebrity Rising: The Stars of the 2010s

Do not worry about that title. The Lost Highway Hotel isn't about to descend into vacuous red carpet glamour. But as the end of the decade starts appearing on the horizon (and with 100 film recommendations already live for your exploration) it felt like a neat time to celebrate the incredible acting talents that have … Continue reading Celebrity Rising: The Stars of the 2010s

Review: The Shape Of Water

Director: Guillermo del Toro Stars: Sally Hawkins, Michael Shannon, Doug Jones The cinema of Guillermo del Toro has forever been a realm inflected with the strange and macabre. When captured in interview, the exuberant Mexican auteur often speaks with fondness of the creature features and monster movies that so influenced him as a child, and … Continue reading Review: The Shape Of Water

Review: Loving

Director: Jeff Nichols Stars: Ruth Negga, Joel Edgerton, Will Dalton Writing about film on a regular basis involves looking for ways to keep your work fresh, finding new approaches where possible without coming off as trite or beholden to gimmicks. Only last week I approached Hacksaw Ridge via it's somewhat misleading trailer, so it's frustrating to … Continue reading Review: Loving

Review: Nocturnal Animals

Director: Tom Ford Stars: Amy Adams, Jake Gyllenhaal, Michael Shannon Have you ever found yourself at 8 in the evening on a Sunday, feeling like you want to watch a movie before calling it quits on the weekend, but finding yourself torn between the pulpy Texan noir of Cold In July and the weepy melodrama of, … Continue reading Review: Nocturnal Animals

Review: Midnight Special

Having been renewed for a second season, Damon Lindelof and Tom Perotta decided to (or potentially were encouraged to) make some changes to their cult supernatural melodrama The Leftovers. One of the most notable was replacing Max Richter's histrionic theme music with a sourced and overly chirpy 1990's country song. Almost the polar opposite of what preceded … Continue reading Review: Midnight Special

Review: The Iceman

There are names you can depend on. Michael Shannon's is such a name. For years now he has been raising the quality of whatever he's in. His - sigh - 'unconventional' looks have generally sidelined him to parts two or three rungs down the ladder, but his obvious talents and screen presence have made him … Continue reading Review: The Iceman