Review: Get Out

Director: Jordan Peele Stars: Daniel Kaluuya, Allison Williams, LilRel Howery A little over two years ago I read a very interesting article on the greatly missed beacon of film analysis The Dissolve about the sparseness of diversity in the horror genre. Matt Barone's piece, which still exists here, articulated an issue I had long felt true …

Review: Knock Knock

Between his Hostel features, Cabin Fever and his minor role in Quentin Tarantino's Death Proof, Eli Roth has secured himself the position of modern horror cinema's troublesome, occasionally deplorable, but overall harmless fratboy. A cheeky prankster who trades away subtlety for gleeful rolls in the dirt, encouraging us to pat his belly as we drop our manners and …

Review: Phoenix

Nelly (Nina Hoss) is a holocaust survivor returning to Germany soon after the end of the war, brought back to the world by her friend Lene (Nina Kuzendorf). When we first meet Nelly she is wrapped in bandages from the mistreatment wrought on her in the concentration camps. More bandages replace these as, with the …

Why I Love… #52: The House Of The Devil

Year: 2009 Director: Ti West Stars: Jocelin Donahue (Samantha), Greta Gerwig (Megan), Tom Noonan (Mr Ulman), Mary Woronov (Mrs Ulman), AJ Bowen (Victor Ulman), Dee Wallace (Landlady) Genre: Horror In theory The House Of The Devil shouldn't work. In theory, this is the kind of walk down misery lane that plagues modern horror, keying into past glories …

Review: A Hijacking

A Hijacking is written and directed by Tobias Lindholm, the man who previously served as scribe for the TV series Borgen and, more notably, the celebrated small town drama The Hunt starring Mads Mikkelsen. Here he takes control behind the camera as well to bring us the tense tale of Somalian pirates hijacking a cargo vessel and the negotiations …

Review: Argo

"Directed by Ben Affleck". At one time, before the California-born actor started his endeavours behind the camera, those words would have been treated with suspicion. Sure, together with Matt Damon, Affleck had cut his teeth putting pen to paper for the movies, but this was followed by some ill-advised movie choices (Pearl Harbor, Gigli). Come …