Review: Wildlife

Director: Paul Dano Stars: Carey Mulligan, Ed Oxenbould, Jake Gyllenhaal In the third act of Paul Dano's exceptional directorial debut Wildlife, the headlights of the Brinson family car illuminate a worn down fascia of an old building. It looks as though it might've once said 'Davidson' on it. Perhaps Harley? Clarity is gone. Lost in the … Continue reading Review: Wildlife

Review: Swiss Army Man

Directors: Daniels Stars: Paul Dano, Daniel Radcliffe, Mary Elizabeth Winstead It's a recurring truism of life that, if something sounds too good to be true, it probably is. The cheque isn't in the mail. You probably weren't chosen out of hundreds of thousands of entrants to win the Reader's Digest sweepstake. The article you're about to … Continue reading Review: Swiss Army Man

Review: Love & Mercy

There are three Brian Wilsons in Bill Pohland's sunlit biopic Love & Mercy. The young, ambitious and scattalogically creative Brian Wilson of the 60's as portrayed by Paul Dano; the weary, troubled, illegitimately medicated Brian Wilson of the 1980's as portrayed by John Cusack; and the man himself, paper-clipped in concert to the end credits, performing the … Continue reading Review: Love & Mercy

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: Looper

Women in science fiction films tend to get short shrift. There are exceptions, obviously. The Alien series for instance is generous to its female inhabitants. But by and large it’s a genre that tends to be something of a boy’s playground, with any genuine layering or complexity reserved for your main man (unless he’s Keanu … Continue reading Review: Looper