Review: Leave No Trace

Director: Debra Granik Stars: Ben Foster, Thomasin Harcourt McKenzie, Jeff Kober Will (Ben Foster) is a war veteran suffering the after effects of his experiences. Rejecting the clutter, chaos and waste of the modern world, he has decided to live in the woods, retreating into a dense sprawl of Oregon parkland. With him is his … Continue reading Review: Leave No Trace

Review: American Honey

Director: Andrea Arnold Stars: Sasha Lane, Shia LaBeouf, Riley Keough Andrea Arnold has already proven herself adept at crafting gritty and honest social realism here in the UK, particularly drawing attention for her 2009 film Fish Tank. Following a willfully unusual (and sporadically inspiring) adaptation of Wuthering Heights, the indie extraordinaire has turned her attention, perhaps inevitably, … Continue reading Review: American Honey

Review: Midnight Special

Having been renewed for a second season, Damon Lindelof and Tom Perotta decided to (or potentially were encouraged to) make some changes to their cult supernatural melodrama The Leftovers. One of the most notable was replacing Max Richter's histrionic theme music with a sourced and overly chirpy 1990's country song. Almost the polar opposite of what preceded … Continue reading Review: Midnight Special

Review: The Rover

About two-thirds of the way through The Rover there's a delightful and unusual moment in which Robert Pattinson's character Rey is seen by himself, at night, sitting behind the wheel of their parked car in the outback, fidgeting (as he does perpetually) and singing along to the pop song "Pretty Girl Rock" by Keri Hilson, the … Continue reading Review: The Rover

Review: On The Road

I read Jack Kerouac’s On The Road around five years ago, mostly whilst sat on a kick stool manning the counter at a dead-end job in an off-licence, pouring through the pages of novels in the long gaps between customers. Reading it, those dreary walls were peeled away, and limitless horizons replaced them. Never one … Continue reading Review: On The Road

Why I Love… #31: Two-Lane Blacktop

Year: 1971 Director: Monte Hellman Stars: James Taylor (The Driver), Dennis Wilson (The Mechanic), Warren Oates (GTO), Laurie Bird (The Girl) Genre: Road Movie Beginning at night with an illegal drag race, Two-Lane Blacktop initially gives the impression it’s going to be a different movie to the one it transpires to be. From the setting … Continue reading Why I Love… #31: Two-Lane Blacktop

Why I Love… #2: Vanishing Point

Year: 1971 Director: Richard C Sarafian Stars: Barry Newman (Kowalski), Cleavon Little (Super Soul), Dean Jagger (Prospector) Genre: Action / Road Movie It’s a lot harder to justify Vanishing Point as a genuine five-star picture than it would be any number of better-known, better-made movies. Vanishing Point, especially on first viewing, is not an obviously … Continue reading Why I Love… #2: Vanishing Point