The Flash Season 3 Episode 17 – “Duet” Review
It may seem a rather odd choice for The Flash to switch from its recent rather emotional and darker tone in the ongoing story of the struggle against Savitar to a rather bubbly and whimsical episode, but that’s just what happened and, while tonally...
The Salesman (2017) Review
It’s been something of a strange pre-release for Asghar Farhadi’s latest The Salesman. Even before many get the chance to see the film, it has been the subject of much talk due to events in the US in recent months, but in a strange way this all works...
The Eyes Of My Mother (2017) Review
Debutant writer-director Nicolas Pesce has crafted an immaculately horrifying vision with The Eyes of My Mother; a bloodcurdling monochrome nightmare, which drip-feeds dread with malicious precision. In an era defined by lazy, recycled scare tactics,...
The Edge of Seventeen (2016) DVD Review
Hailee Steinfeld shines in Kelly Fremon Craig’s coming-of-age love letter to John Hughes. Steinfeld stars as the awkward Nadine, the kind of inexplicably unpopular student we’ve seen many times in American teen movies – too pretty to actually be a social outcast if it were real life, but the film pulls off convincing us she is through her social awkwardness, her off-beat dress sense and her relationship with her super-popular brother.... Read more
CHiPs (2017) Review
Television-to-film adaptations have had a checkered history over the years – while Star Trek, Mission: Impossible and Sex and the City have had success, at least in box office terms, there have been some real shockers brought to the big screen. On the other hand, The Honeymooners, The Avengers and Lost in Space and many others have failed to translate their tales. CHiPs (California Highway Patrol), the latest and long-gestating adaptation of... Read more
The Flash Season 3 Episode 17 – “Duet” Review
It may seem a rather odd choice for The Flash to switch from its recent rather emotional and darker tone in the ongoing story of the struggle against Savitar to a rather bubbly and whimsical episode, but that’s just what happened and, while tonally it did feel a tad strange to switch from one extreme to the next, the very thought of Grant Gustin and Melissa Benoist, among others, channeling their musical backgrounds would feel oh so right. Leaving... Read more
Mum’s List (2016) DVD Review
Over 350,000 new cases of cancer arise every single year in the UK and with doctors looking to discover the latest in cures for the disease around the clock there is hope that the survival rate can go way beyond the current approximation of 50%. With such a disease still all too present in the world and families being massively affected by the repercussions of such an illness, the movies have always taken a respectably tender approach to such a strong... Read more
The Salesman (2017) Review
It’s been something of a strange pre-release for Asghar Farhadi’s latest The Salesman. Even before many get the chance to see the film, it has been the subject of much talk due to events in the US in recent months, but in a strange way this all works in its favour. Farhadi’s latest has been building in momentum and anticipation throughout the period, and indeed its recent win for Best Foreign Language Film at the Academy Awards in February only... Read more
The Eyes Of My Mother (2017) Review
Debutant writer-director Nicolas Pesce has crafted an immaculately horrifying vision with The Eyes of My Mother; a bloodcurdling monochrome nightmare, which drip-feeds dread with malicious precision. In an era defined by lazy, recycled scare tactics, this briskly-paced, cinematically-rich examination of fear burrows deep into the darkest recesses of the psyche, and refuses to budge long after the curtain call. This artful, yet unashamedly depraved,... Read more
The Olive Tree (2017) Review
Icíar Bollaín’s The Olive Tree – written by her partner Paul Laverty – is a poignant and personal account of determination. This Spanish social realist piece offers all the hallmarks of the Ken Loach collaborator’s back catalogue; such as his scripts for the Palme d’Or-winning The Wind That Shakes the Barley, and most recently I, Daniel Blake, replacing world-worn council estates with sun-kissed, foliage-rich landscapes.... Read more
Get Out (2017) Review
It’s late at night and a guy wanders through a pleasant suburb, checking his phone. Then he realises he’s being followed by a car. It’s playing Flanagan and Allen’s “Run, Rabbit, Run”. Never has that trite little song seemed so sinister, or so strangely funny, and yet it rather sets the tone for Jordan Peele’s debut as a director, Get Out. Not that he’s a complete newbie to movies, with acting and voiceover credits to his name,... Read more
Elle (2017) Review
Paul Verhoeven’s Elle – his first theatrical release in over a decade – shows that even after a prolonged absence, the Dutch provocateur hasn’t lost even an ounce of his bite. This distinctly unsettling glance into forbidden fantasy provides a glorious exploration of our psyche’s darkest recesses, exceptionally carried by Isabelle Huppert; unquestionably the finest screen actress at work today. As you’ve likely... Read more
Personal Shopper (2017) Review
Kristen Stewart is unquestionably the most exciting talent at work today, and her shimmering central performance in Parisian auteur Olivier Assayas’ Personal Shopper is absolutely mesmerising. If audiences are to see a more exquisitely textured, thematically complex role in 2017, then they are beyond lucky. This kaleidoscopic vision of ethereal intrigue provides a simply uncategorisable cinematic experience which is destined to divide,... Read more
Catfight (2017) Review
If there is a single lesson to learn from writer-director Onur Tukel’s ferociously brutal Catfight, it’s this: people are horrible. Products of our ever-changing, corporately-fixated environments, we are spiteful, selfish creatures who gain satisfaction from bettering and belittling those in our proximity. Life is a cruel competition, and you most certainly don’t want to among the losers. Whilst this might not be entirely true in... Read more
The Love Witch (2017) Review
Ravishingly crafted, and richly observed, writer-director Anna Biller’s The Love Witch – a romanticised broth of fizzingly gothic Americana – harps back to an era filled with the very good, and the very bad. Serving in virtually every primary role, from music composition, to production design; via editing, and costume, this is clearly a passion project for the lavish creative, and her enthusiasm and plentiful knowledge is on the... Read more