Here it is: my provisional list of 2016’s best films. “But we’re already a couple of months into 2017” – a fact of which I am aware, but I don’t feel it entirely necessary to stick to end-of-year timelines for something like this. As you’ll see, I have my reasons for not rushing it. While… Continue reading Best Films of 2016.
Paterson is quite simply a film about the day-to-day life of a working man, and the normal everyday trials – from walking the dog to mild disagreements with the wife – that the average working class man goes through. No more, no less. Adam Driver plays the title character, who drives a blue bus around… Continue reading Paterson.
The surge in ‘political correctness’ in Western society over recent years has helped fuel a push-back from the far right in politics… as well as the rise of extremist groups like ISIS (not that I want to get into war or foreign policy decisions here – but their hatred of our ‘privileged’ Western way of… Continue reading How political correctness helped fuel social discontent and radical politics.
The original Godzilla, released in Japan in 1954 and rich in thematic influences from the atomic bomb that ended the Second World War, is one of my favourite films; one I can still enjoy today despite its humble special effects. So it should come as no surprise that this is one of my most anticipated… Continue reading Preview: Shin Godzilla.
Now, this is a very interesting, potentially awkwardly hilarious and sinister horror movie due to be released in the US next February. The directorial debut from actor/ writer Jordan Peele, Get Out has been described (in his own words) as “a horror movie, but with a satirical premise”. He’s also talked about the fascination he… Continue reading Preview: Get Out.
This is a curious one. The Childhood of a Leader chronicles events in the life of a child destined to become a fascist dictator. Growing up in the aftermath of Germany’s defeat in WW1 and partly revolving around the signing of the Treaty of Versailles in 1919, parallels to Hitler’s rise are obvious. It is… Continue reading The Childhood of a Leader.
I went into Don’t Breathe feeling it was already a breath of fresh air. By the looks and sound of things, there wasn’t a demon in sight… Nothing supernatural, nothing with religious undertones; just plain psychological horror driven by people in a game of survival. Not that I don’t like supernatural horror – The Conjuring… Continue reading Don’t Breathe.