List: 50 Best Films Of The Decade So Far (25-1)

And so onto the top 25. My favourite films to have appeared this decade so far. A couple of these might require justification. Mostly though they ought to speak for themselves. If anything compiling this list has made me very hopeful for the five-or-so years ahead. If they provide us with this many gems we'll … Continue reading List: 50 Best Films Of The Decade So Far (25-1)

The Best of 2014

The top ten Under The SkinHerThe Wind RisesIdaBoyhoodThe LEGO MovieNightcrawlerThe GuestNymphomaniac Vol. 1Only Lovers Left Alive Film Of The YearUnder The Skin " Under The Skin detaches the viewer from the identifiable shapes of conventional filmmaking, evoking an alien approach to such banal locations as shopping malls and roadside cafes. Watching the film is like discovering … Continue reading The Best of 2014

List: My 301 Favourite Movies (20-1)

Day Five. The top 20. My desert island films. I could watch pretty much any of these films any time. The reasons for their appeal vary; I'll get into that a little bit. But these are the ones that, for whatever reason, stir my spaghetti. Okay, enough prerequisite preamble. Let's just do this! 20. The … Continue reading List: My 301 Favourite Movies (20-1)

Up ‘n’ Under – a new wave of cinematic sci-fi?

In the last year two films have appeared that have seemed visionary, movies which feel utterly distinctive and separate from one another, but which share a strange and encouraging connective tissue. Those films are Shane Carruth's Upstream Color and Jonathan Glazer's Under The Skin. In many respects these two films are wholly different from one another. Tonally … Continue reading Up ‘n’ Under – a new wave of cinematic sci-fi?

Review: Under The Skin

Jonathan Glazer made a name for himself in the 90s with music videos for the likes of Radiohead and Massive Attack, before directing Sexy Beast and Birth. Both of those features were distinctive; the former for its standout performance from Ben Kingsley, the latter for its pronounced Kubrickian sterility. Now, nearly a decade later, Glazer brings us Under … Continue reading Review: Under The Skin