Review: 1917

Director: Sam Mendes Stars: Dean-Charles Chapman, George MacKay, Andrew Scott Sam Mendes' latest film betrays a conspicuous fascination with the revelatory nature of time. It's there from the concise date-stamped title onward (the title card goes into further specificity, citing events as taking place on April 6th). The well-publicised gimmickry of shooting his Great War … Continue reading Review: 1917

Review: Blade Runner 2049

Director: Denis Villeneuve Stars: Ryan Gosling, Ana de Armas, Harrison Ford While it took some tweaking in the editing room to secure its legacy, Ridley Scott's 1982 film Blade Runner was about as influential a piece of science fiction cinema as the decade would ultimately see. With his team of designers, Scott - ever the … Continue reading Review: Blade Runner 2049

Review: Sicario

Denis Villeneuve's latest feature sees Emily Blunt playing idealistic FBI agent Kate Mercer. Having garnered attention for her work in a number of house raids in Arizona, Mercer is invited into a different circle - a combined agency task force looking to make a serious impact in the war on drugs, specifically targeting the area … Continue reading Review: Sicario

Why I Love… #65: The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford

Year: 2007 Director: Andrew Dominik Stars: Brad Pitt (Jesse James), Casey Affleck (Robert Ford), Sam Rockwell (Charley Ford), Sam Shepard (Frank James), Jeremy Renner (Wood Hite), Paul Schneider (Dick Liddil), Garret Dillahunt (Ed Miller), Mary Louise Parker (Zee James) Genre: Western With my local cinemas stuck in a loop giving victory laps to the big … Continue reading Why I Love… #65: The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford

Why I Love… #39: Fargo

Year: 1996 Director: Joel Coen Stars: Frances McDormand (Marge Gunderson), Steve Buscemi (Carl Showalter), William H Macy (Jerry Lundegaard), Harve Presnell (Wade Gustafson), Peter Stormare (Gaear Grimsrud), John Carroll Lynch (Norm Gunderson), Steve Park (Mike Yanagita) Genre: Crime Thriller / Comedy "They got this guy, in Germany. Fritz Something-or-other. Or is it? Maybe it's Werner. … Continue reading Why I Love… #39: Fargo

Review: Skyfall

Sam Mendes’ last film was my favourite of his by far; 2009’s small, simple and altogether beautiful Away We Go. It was a delightful little film that saw the A-list director scaling back and reaching for the heart. Who could’ve predicted his next project would be taking the helm of one of mainstream cinema’s biggest … Continue reading Review: Skyfall