Review: Wasp Network

Director: Olivier Assayas Stars: Edgar Ramírez, Ana de Armas, Penélope Cruz Olivier Assayas - a director with an extremely high-class filmography stretching back over the last 30 years - here makes a slight wobble as he returns to matters political. Wasp Network - available on Netflix following its Berlin premiere last year - sees Assayas … Continue reading Review: Wasp Network

Review: Pain And Glory

Director: Pedro AlmodóvarStars: Antonio Banderas, Penélope Cruz, Asier EtxeandiaAh, the autobiographical film from a recognised auteur. Is there anything more indulgent? Anything narrower in field? Of course, one might argue that any film from an auteur is, in a way, autobiographical; that a personal imprint is a personal imprint. Still, when a filmmaker draws the … Continue reading Review: Pain And Glory

Review: Zoolander 2

Belated sequels can be tricky things. While Zoolander wasn't Ben Stiller's star-maker, it's safe to say it's one of his most beloved incarnations. As a film it's far from perfect, but comedy is a tough gig, especially comedy features, which fail as often as not. It's an incredibly tough balancing act to get right, and even then you have … Continue reading Review: Zoolander 2

Review: The Counsellor

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 my own attempts against, and its no wonder I find … Continue reading Review: The Counsellor

Review: Pirates of the Caribbean – On Stranger Tides

***originally written 20 May 2011*** Allow me to share an indelible image from my childhood with you. That's the cover illustration from Monkey Island 2: LeChuck's Revenge, a point and click computer game from the early 90s that ate at least one summer of my early-teen life. It took me a long time to … Continue reading Review: Pirates of the Caribbean – On Stranger Tides

Review: Broken Embraces

***originally written 1st September 2009*** Broken Embraces is the latest film by Pedro Almodóvar, but the first of his films (which include Volver and Women On The Verge Of A Nervous Breakdown) that I have seen. Through two narratives separated by 14 years, it tells the tale of Mateo Blanco (Lluis Homar), a screenwriter and … Continue reading Review: Broken Embraces