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

Why I Love… #104: Fixed Bayonets!

Year: 1951 Director: Samuel Fuller Stars: Richard Basehart, Gene Evans, Michael O'Shea Having worked his way up the ranks as a versatile screenwriter, Samuel Fuller 'upgraded' to the director's chair and quickly took on the thankless appearance of a 'journeyman' director. This was years before the critical reappraisal that rightly recognised his craft and influence. … Continue reading Why I Love… #104: Fixed Bayonets!

Review: Hacksaw Ridge

Director: Mel Gibson Stars: Andrew Garfield, Teresa Palmer, Vince Vaughn Hacksaw Ridge is an especially fine example of how the wrong kind of trailer can work against a film. This piece of work does a number of things a decent trailer shouldn't. First and foremost, it gives you every major plot point of the first … Continue reading Review: Hacksaw Ridge

Review: Monsters: Dark Continent

Gareth Edwards' 2010 word-of-mouth success Monsters was a great little treat (one that only narrowly missed my top 50 movies of the decade so far countdown this past weekend). A love story and road movie with a supernatural life lesson thrown in for good measure, Edwards busied himself in the aftermath with his colossal, lamentable Godzilla picture. So … Continue reading Review: Monsters: Dark Continent

Review: American Sniper

Consider this list of words. Hustle. Beauty. Mary. Pie. Wedding. Reunion. Splendor. Psycho. Gangster. Gigolo. President. Muscle. Yakuza. Buffalo. Samurai. Gothic. Gun. Dreamz. Virgin. Loser. Ninja. Outlaws. Werewolf In London. Werewolf In Paris. History X. And now Sniper. Before we get into the meat of this film, can I make a humble request that studios … Continue reading Review: American Sniper

Why I Love… #13: Apocalypse Now

Year: 1979 Director: Francis Ford Coppola Stars: Martin Sheen (Willard), Marlon Brando (Kurtz), Robert Duvall (Kilgore), Dennis Hopper (Photojournalist), Sam Bottoms (Lance) Genre: War Apocalypse Now is one of the most breathtakingly realised descents into hell ever brought to a mainstream cinema audience. Just look at Coppola’s choice of opening shot; a beautiful vista of … Continue reading Why I Love… #13: Apocalypse Now

Review: Inglourious Basterds

***originally written 16 August 2009*** Quentin Tarantino's latest cartoon is a wicked and idiosyncratic romp through Nazi-occupied France. I say cartoon because that's the mindset of the piece. It's colourful, silly, frequently aiming for laughs, mocks realism (and history) at every turn, and - as some cartoons are able of being - occasionally unexpectedly poignant. … Continue reading Review: Inglourious Basterds