Unsurprisingly, a new Star Wars film has split audiences and fans alike. What’s more surprising perhaps is just how contrasting their reactions have been. I’ve heard some making the absurd claim that Star Wars: The Last Jedi is worse than the prequel trilogy. Others have told those who didn’t like large parts of it to… Continue reading Star Wars: The Last Jedi.
In the years since Morgan Spurlock’s first entertaining and informative documentary, Super Size Me (2004), the fast food industry seems to have… ‘changed’. Nowadays, it’s cool to be healthy. To eat free range, ethically sourced, organically fed meat. With no additives, no hormonal injections to increase growth, and heavens, absolutely no unpleasant images of those horrid… Continue reading Super Size Me 2 is a vital lesson in critical thinking.
Columbus is essentially a film about parental issues with a side of architecture; how relatives can hold us back without realising it; the importance of moving on from relationships, and learning to live for yourself rather than in someone else’s shadow. Characters here deal with situations in realistic, honest fashion, as well written as any… Continue reading Contrasting architecture and relationships in Columbus.
Chris Nolan’s Memento. David Fincher’s Fight Club. Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction. Richard Kelly’s Donnie Darko. Or more recently; Denis Villeneuve’s Enemy, Dan Gilroy’s Nightcrawler, even Jim Jarmusch’s Paterson from last year, starring this film’s own Adam Driver. What these films all have in common is little more than they are some of my absolute favourites. But besides… Continue reading Logan Lucky.
In the time since I arrived in Canada a few months ago, the TIFF Bell Lightbox in Toronto – the closest thing this country has to the BFI Southbank in London, my favourite place in all of England – has sat right at the top of my list of places to visit. A couple of… Continue reading A Ghost Story at the TIFF Bell Lightbox.
In the years since James Wan surprised western audiences and myself with Insidious (2011), an American horror film that I unexpectedly liked very much, we’ve had The Conjuring and Insidious chapter 2 (both 2013, both also directed by Wan), Insidious chapter 3 (2015, directed by frequent Wan collaborator Leigh Whannell), and The Conjuring 2 (2016,… Continue reading More demonic happenings in Annabelle Creation…
The grey, dull, dreary atmosphere of a typical cloudy afternoon in the north of Britain makes the perfect setting for British independent drama/ horror The Ghoul. This isn’t a fun movie by any means, but it’s one that feels unique and special in its own right. Perhaps you aren’t in any way familiar with the depressive,… Continue reading The Ghoul.