Review: Marriage Story

Director: Noah Baumbach Stars: Adam Driver, Laura Dern, Scarlett Johansson Charlie (Adam Driver) and Nicole (Scarlett Johansson) were a happily married couple living in New York, until they weren't. Noah Baumbach's latest film - a mix of emotionally wrought drama and excruciating farce that plays out like a career summation - unpicks a marriage as … Continue reading Review: Marriage Story

Review: The Irishman

Director: Martin Scorsese Stars: Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, Joe Pesci The futility of gangsterism is the subject of Martin Scorsese's late career epic, arriving via streaming giant Netflix following a limited - cursory - flirtation with cinematic release. The majority of people will experience its 209 minutes on the small screen. It's how I … Continue reading Review: The Irishman

Review: Wounds

Director: Babak Anvari Stars: Dakota Johnson, Armie Hammer, Zazie Beetz It makes perfect sense that Annapurna Pictures would snap up the first English language property from Babak Anvari, the British-Iranian director responsible for the deeply effective chiller Under The Shadow. Anvari seemed fully formed right out the gate; a safe bet to deliver an indie … Continue reading Review: Wounds

Review: El Camino – A Breaking Bad Movie

Director: Vince Gilligan Stars: Aaron Paul, Robert Forster, Charles Baker Breaking Bad ended pretty well. Goddamn well, actually. That final run of episodes was TV dynamite, and an almost fully-formed exercise in how to close out a supremely popular cultural phenomenon (not always easy, is it, Game of Thrones?). Head honcho Vince Gilligan and his … Continue reading Review: El Camino – A Breaking Bad Movie

The Line Between TV And Film Is Disappearing

HBO's phenomenal miniseries Chernobyl has recently come to a close. A five-part television drama that has garnered universal acclaim from critics and viewers alike, the show rigorously reconstructed the events that caused the 1986 nuclear reactor explosion and the dramatic and costly clean-up operation. It is, simply, essential viewing. It's 9.7 score on imdb (at … Continue reading The Line Between TV And Film Is Disappearing

Review: Unicorn Store

Director: Brie Larson Stars: Brie Larson, Mamoudou Athie, Bradley Whitford Arriving in the wake of Captain Marvel, but shot back in 2017, Brie Larson's directorial debut lands this week on Netflix at arguably her commercial peak thus far (turns out leading a Marvel flick tops winning Best Actress at the Oscars (sigh)). Spending two years in … Continue reading Review: Unicorn Store

Review: Bird Box

Director: Susanne Bier Stars: Sandra Bullock, Trevante Rhodes, Sarah Paulson In 1988 John Carpenter made They Live, an apocalyptic sci-fi yarn that spoke of the blindness in society to rampant, soulless consumerism and also complacent, illadvised trust in authority. It received lukewarm responses and achieved a middling box office performance. It has become a cult classic, as … Continue reading Review: Bird Box

Review: The Christmas Chronicles

Director: Clay Kaytis Stars: Kurt Russell, Darby Camp. Judah Lewis Christmas movies. To some they're the best part of the season. Shamelessly sentimental, cosy and familiar. Thanks to that ever-quickening calendar year they're among the movies we end up seeing the most, whether you have children or not. And regardless of quality. There's a get-out-of-jail-free … Continue reading Review: The Christmas Chronicles

Review: Cam

Director: Daniel Goldhaber Stars: Madeline Brewer, Patch Darragh, Melora Walters Of all professions, the oldest is among the most stigmatised by cinema. Sex workers do not carry much credo on the silver screen, especially in horror where they are almost always unsympathetic victims to whatever raving lunatic is wielding a knife this month. Don't get … Continue reading Review: Cam

Review: The Ballad Of Buster Scruggs

Directors: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen Stars: Zoe Kazan, Tom Waits, Liam Neeson The Coen Brothers have made Westerns before, and more than just the two 'obvious ones'; the Texan noir of No Country For Old Men and their adventurous remake of True Grit. In truth the West has scored through much of their cinema which is resplendent … Continue reading Review: The Ballad Of Buster Scruggs

Review: Annihilation

Director: Alex Garland Stars: Natalie Portman, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Tessa Thompson Alex Garland's second (credited) feature as director is the first true victim of what I'm coming to think of as The Netflix Problem. Produced by Paramount, who are increasingly showing their cowardice toward new and original concepts, the film has been granted a scant … Continue reading Review: Annihilation

Review: The Cloverfield Paradox

Director: Julius Onah Stars: Gugu Mbatha-Raw, David Oyelowo, Daniel Brühl If there's one thing guaranteed to piss off the critics, it's getting excluded from the established pattern of pre-release screeners. Take a peek at 'Film Twitter' immediately after the surprise Super Bowl announcement that The Cloverfield Paradox would be available to stream on Netflix after the … Continue reading Review: The Cloverfield Paradox

Review: The Babysitter (2017)

Director: McG Stars: Samara Weaving, Judah Lewis, Bella Thorne Joseph McGinty Nichol is a 49-year-old white man who insists on referring to himself as 'McG'. Well, all right then. Maturity isn't a necessary trait in a person, and there's something to be said for embracing your inner child. And you have to admire the consistency. … Continue reading Review: The Babysitter (2017)

Review: The Meyerowitz Stories

Director: Noah Baumbach Stars: Ben Stiller, Adam Sandler, Dustin Hoffman Noah Baumbach's oeuvre is white middle class New Yorker comedy with an ear for the screwball and occasional - almost happenstance - wisdom. Of late it has benefited greatly from his proximity to Greta Gerwig (Frances Ha is this writer's go-to feel good-movie on a … Continue reading Review: The Meyerowitz Stories

Review: Gerald’s Game

Director: Mike Flanagan Stars: Carla Gugino, Bruce Greenwood, Henry Thomas Mike Flanagan has become one of the bright hopes in mainstream American horror, embracing both big and small screens. For cinema goers his Oculus  showed a healthy amount of originality, while Oujia: Origin of Evil was that rarest or rare birds; a superior horror prequel, immediately giving him the persona … Continue reading Review: Gerald’s Game