Review: Vice

Director: Adam McKay Stars: Christian Bale, Sam Rockwell, Amy Adams In 2015 Adam McKay made The Big Short, a smart and savvy reconstruction of what caused the financial crisis. A complicated subject, he broke it down into layman's terms. Used visual aids. Made it funny. That film was and is outspokenly political, fueled by anger at … Continue reading Review: Vice

Review: Beautiful Boy

Director: Felix van Groeningen Stars: Steve Carell, Timothée Chalamet, Maura Tierney This weekend at the cinema has been a strange one as 2019 stutters out of the gate. Yesterday, with a weary exhale, I tried to explain why its best to stay away from M Night Shyamalan's over-confident folly Glass. As a tonic, I veered in … Continue reading Review: Beautiful Boy

Review: Last Flag Flying

Director: Richard Linklater Stars: Bryan Cranston, Laurence Fishburne, Steve Carell Teaming up with Darryl Ponicsan, author of the novel The Last Detail, Richard Linklater follows the one-two-three punch of Before Midnight, Boyhood and Everybody Wants Some!! with a picture that feels somewhat out of step with a lot of modern filmmaking, one that lands on limited release here in the … Continue reading Review: Last Flag Flying

Review: Café Society

Director: Woody Allen Stars: Kristen Stewart, Jesse Eisenberg, Steve Carell Say what you will about Woody Allen (and there's plenty that could be said for sure - just ask Susan Sarandon), but the man seems to know a thing or two about love. One way or another he's been around the block a few times, … Continue reading Review: Café Society

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: Foxcatcher

In the Coen Brothers' 1991 feature Barton Fink the eponymous playwrite suffers an agonising stretch of writer's block when he's commissioned to pen a wrestling picture for a Hollywood studio. The joke within the movie is that the wrestling picture sub-genre has never really existed, though the Coens have fun inventing its imagined tropes as poor Barton … Continue reading Review: Foxcatcher

Review: Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues

There was a time, a time before Anchorman... But really, who wants to remember that time? Will Ferrell and Adam McKay's first movie about news-reading anarchy has enjoyed the kind of ripple-effect longevity that comedy filmmakers dream of. So it's easy to forget that, on release, the first Anchorman was not considered a success; the reviews were … Continue reading Review: Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues