Celebrity Rising: The Stars of the 2010s

Do not worry about that title. The Lost Highway Hotel isn't about to descend into vacuous red carpet glamour. But as the end of the decade starts appearing on the horizon (and with 100 film recommendations already live for your exploration) it felt like a neat time to celebrate the incredible acting talents that have … Continue reading Celebrity Rising: The Stars of the 2010s

Review: Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far On Foot

Director: Gus Van Sant Stars: Joaquin Phoenix, Rooney Mara, Jonah Hill Gus Van Sant's Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far On Foot marks the third time that Joaquin Phoenix and Rooney Mara have worked together, following Spike Jonze's Her and Garth Davis' Mary Magdalene. Both actors are among the most vibrant, watchable and interesting presences in Hollywood today, and … Continue reading Review: Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far On Foot

Review: Una

Director: Benedict Andrews Stars: Rooney Mara, Ben Mendelsohn, Riz Ahmed Andrews' modest homegrown feature debut has the incredible fortune of starring two of the best actors out there in Rooney Mara and Ben Mendelsohn. That's some serious clout for a film of this size and scale. It's an actor's film; David Harrower's adaptation of his own … Continue reading Review: Una

Review: A Ghost Story

Director: David Lowery Stars: Casey Affleck, Rooney Mara, Will Oldham There are five minutes in David Lowery's A Ghost Story in which you watch Rooney Mara sit on the floor eating a pie, crying. That's all that you're watching. It's just Rooney Mara sitting on the floor, eating a pie and crying. For about five minutes. … Continue reading Review: A Ghost Story

Review: Song To Song

Director: Terrence Malick Stars: Rooney Mara, Ryan Gosling, Michael Fassbender Former cinematic recluse Terrence Malick has had a surge in creativity over the course of this decade unlike anything in his career previously, though the fruits of this late bloom have divided his audience; those that are charmed by his lighter-than-air touch and fondness for … Continue reading Review: Song To Song

Review: Lion

Director: Garth Davis Stars: Sunny Pawar, Dev Patel, Rooney Mara There's a particular corner of film buffery that steadfastly defers to the silent era as the medium's true halcyon days, even now, some ninety years after our actors started talking to one another. Garth Davis' Lion is not a silent film, not even nearly, but for nearly … Continue reading Review: Lion

The Lost Highway Hotel Awards 2016

I live in two minds about award ceremonies. On the one hand picking the best anything is an act of futility. Taste has so much to do with it. So because of that they seem indulgent and overblown, at worst self-congratulatory acts of excess when so many more vital things warrant the cost and attention. … Continue reading The Lost Highway Hotel Awards 2016

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

Review: Her

Theodore Twombly (Joaquin Phoenix) is recently separated from his wife of several years, Catherine (Rooney Mara). They grew up together, and, as flashbacks suggest, were very much soul mates. But things changed and now Theodore is alone. He is a sensitive, introverted man. He works for a website writing personal letters for people who don't … Continue reading Review: Her

Review: The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo

***originally written 30 December 2011*** If David Fincher’s The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo achieves anything that Niels Arden Oplev’s movie doesn’t, it will hopefully be selling the idea to the rest of Hollywood that there is an audience for thoughtful, intelligent adult-orientated cinema again. With the critical and commercial success of Drive, and following … Continue reading Review: The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo