180: The Tenacity of mother!

Spurred by the release of Francis Lawrence's tone-deaf spy thriller Red Sparrow, which numbly deploys sexual abuse and exploitation as just-another-plot-mechanic, it felt like time to revisit one of last year's more divisive titles, one I increasingly feel I didn't give a fair shake. A little under six months ago I gave mother! a dismissive two star … Continue reading 180: The Tenacity of mother!

Review: mother!

Director: Darren Aronofsky Stars: Jennifer Lawrence, Javier Bardem, Michelle Pfeiffer From its fiery beginning in which a feminine form is engulfed in flames through to Jennifer Lawrence's nameless Mother waking up and pointedly addressing an off-screen someone, "Baby", Aronofsky shows his audience the kind of ride this is going to be. It's there every step … Continue reading Review: mother!

Review: Room

When I heard that The Room was back in cinemas and, what's more, sneaking into Oscars contention - not least for its lead actress - I assumed it was some weird joke. Had I woken in Bizarro-world? But no. Tommy Wiseau's cult 'classic' will remain on the midnight movie circuit for a while yet and the … Continue reading Review: Room