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: Certain Women

Director: Kelly Reichardt Stars: Laura Dern, Kristen Stewart, Lily Gladstone Certain Women is Kelly Reichardt's sixth feature and by this humble writer's count at least three of her previous films are five-star masterpieces. Not one of them is a dud. She is one of America's great living filmmakers, yet she has yet to have anything resembling … Continue reading Review: Certain Women

Review: A Touch Of Sin

Jia Zhangke's latest film, A Touch Of Sin, has caused something of a stir in his native China, where censors refused the film's screening. It seems generally believed that this is not only because of the film's violence (which is considerable at times, but far from boundary-breaking), but also thanks to the greater depiction of a … Continue reading Review: A Touch Of Sin

Review: V/H/S

Fuck you, Paranormal Activity. Seriously, the phenomenal success of Oren Peli's dismal micro-budget found footage movie in 2007 has opened the floodgates for a slew of creatively moribund shaky-cam horror flicks, each more abysmal than the last. Not to mention that movie's own exasperating perpetuation (another sequel is on its way, obviously). And whilst Peli … Continue reading Review: V/H/S