Review: The Aeronauts

Director: Tom Harper Stars: Felicity Jones, Eddie Redmayne, Himesh Patel It's time to get giddy with vertigo as the moment we've all been waiting for finally arrives. That's right, BAFTA botherers Felicity Jones and Eddie Redmayne have been reunited for another thoroughly British dalliance. These are actors recognised for their abilities (not entirely unjustly) who … Continue reading Review: The Aeronauts

Review: The Favourite

Director: Yorgos Lanthimos Stars: Olivia Coleman, Emma Stone, Rachel Weisz There was a moment in the screening of The Favourite I attended during which my attention was briefly diverted from the screen. From behind me on the far left came the low clunk of the cinema door closing. This shortly after the third or fourth C-bomb … Continue reading Review: The Favourite

Review: Peterloo

Director: Mike Leigh Stars: Rory Kinnear, Neil Bell, Philip Jackson Four years on from his superb portrait of the life of Mr Turner, Mike Leigh returns with another artful depiction of British life in the early 19th century, presenting us an epic study of civil disobedience and underhand parliamentary clout. On August 16th 1819, a democratic … Continue reading Review: Peterloo

Review: The Post

Director: Steven Spielberg Stars: Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks, Sarah Paulson In January of 2017 just a few short hours after his inauguration, President Donald Trump began a war with the press. It's a situation that has perpetuated, and now dominates the perception of his time in office. That war, over the veracity of the stories … Continue reading Review: The Post

Review: The Beguiled

Director: Sofia Coppola Stars: Nicole Kidman, Colin Farrell, Kirsten Dunst The arrival of a new Sofia Coppola film is always cause for excitement. With the triptych of The Virgin Suicides, Lost In Translation and (the poorly received but enduring) Marie Antoinette she confirmed herself a major talent in American filmmaking, tapping into a thoughtful feminine ennui with her … Continue reading Review: The Beguiled

Review: Hidden Figures

Director: Theodore Melfi Stars: Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monáe Hidden Figures is a film about specificity, about having no margin of error because you need to be dead on. You need to be right. Set predominantly in 1961, it tells the stories of three African-American women working for the NASA space program. All … Continue reading Review: Hidden Figures

Review: The Witch

I keep thinking about M Night Shyamalan. Putting aside its now-notorious twist ending, what hit home on first approaching his debut film The Sixth Sense was the palpable atmosphere of dread and the tremendous confidence you felt behind the camera. And the commendable level of restraint. A run of diminishing returns has somewhat corrupted it's legacy, but it's … Continue reading Review: The Witch

Review: The Assassin

Those unfamiliar with the work of Hou Hsiao-Hsien but whose interest in The Assassin has been piqued by the buzz and awards it received on the festival circuit last year might do well to research what they're getting themselves into. Cards on the table; I was one of those people. I've not seen his previous work and … Continue reading Review: The Assassin

Review: Carol

Falling in love is awful. That normal, stable person that you used to be disappears, vanished like a dream on waking. Good sense and judgement are temporarily abandoned, or become concepts that require effort to achieve in any credible sense. That other person preoccupies you. To incessant, maddening degrees, either in literal thought or a … Continue reading Review: Carol

Why I Love… #60: The Lion In Winter

Year: 1968 Director: Anthony Harvey Stars: Peter O'Toole (Henry II), Katharine Hepburn (Eleanor of Aquitaine), Anthony Hopkins (Richard), John Castle (Geoffrey), Nigel Terry (John), Timothy Dalton (Philip II), Jane Merrow (Alais) Genre: Period Drama For it's Christmas setting I deliberately held off covering The Lion In Winter until now in an attempt to make the essay's … Continue reading Why I Love… #60: The Lion In Winter

Review: A Dangerous Method

***originally written 24 February 2012*** David Cronenberg is one of my favourite directors still working today, so of course I had A Dangerous Method on my radar. His latest film breaks a silence that has lasted for almost five years, the longest sabbatical in a career that has, for the most part, seen the director … Continue reading Review: A Dangerous Method

Review: The King’s Speech

***originally written 13 January 2011*** New Year generally brings about a glut of furrowed brows on cinema screens as Oscar season brings us a wealth of dramas all hungry for appreciation. It's very easy to find a lot of the earnestness in this a little tiresome. Where summer brings with it the popcorn fluff, winter … Continue reading Review: The King’s Speech