One of the champions of ‘indie’ cinema, director Richard Linklater’s Fast Food Nation (2006) made a scathing attack on the hamburger industry as well as America’s treatment of Mexican ‘illegals’. Me And Orson Welles (2008), a personal favourite, was a... Read More →
Hideo Nakata’s Ringu (1998) has inspired a whole subsection in the genre of teen-horror. Though not in the same league as that Japanese classic, Jeff Wadlow’s similarly creepy and unpredictable movie also has an unseen agent of fear driving the... Read More →
What a charming period piece this is. And how heartening to be reminded that there once was a time, before everybody’s eyes were glued to a little screen in their hand, when hardcopy books were appreciated as treasure. Juliet Ashton... Read More →
The glowing endorsements of this movie might lead you to believe that it is, if not an uproarious comedy, then at least a mirthful satire. Certainly, there are enough laughs, especially in the first act, but it evolves into a... Read More →
As one who was not of the opinion that The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014) was the greatest thing since sliced bread (to me it was just plain silly), I approached Wes Anderson’s latest animated feature with a hefty degree of... Read More →
It is 89 days after the apocalypse. A family of five is scavenging what they can from an abandoned supermarket. They are all in bare feet. Why? Because the creatures that have overrun the world detect their prey by sound.... Read More →
Authenticity is the latest buzz word among political commentators. According to the pundits, Anthony Albanese has it, as does Pauline Hanson (despicable though she is). Bill Shorten and Prime Minister Trumble do not. In the entertainment industry, Oprah Winfrey is... Read More →
You have to wonder, don’t you – how many people have actually read those wickedly clever novels of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s that ultimately would create literature’s most famous detective? Certainly none of the little kids at whom this terribly... Read More →
I am on side with any movie that includes the Kinks’ beautiful Waterloo Sunset on its soundtrack. The song, so perfectly chosen, is heard early and in its entirety (unusual in itself) when seventeen-year-old Simon (Nick Robinson) discovers that he... Read More →
From memory, Angelina Jolie’s Lara Croft in earlier Tomb Raider movies (2001, 2003) exploited womanly sexuality, whereas this new presentation of the character is all about skimpily clad girl power. Lara (Alicia Vikander) first appears on the scene practising her... Read More →
The rule of thumb for Biblical pics says that believers will love them and those not persuaded will jeer. As an atheist, I have a perverse fascination with them, so strong were the stories imprinted on my childhood imagination and... Read More →
Colin Firth might not at first strike you as the sort of fellow to take the part of a doughty sailor. More your rugged indoor type, Mister Darcy is about as blokey as he gets – but that is just... Read More →
Sad to say, but it’s not too often that you get to see a movie that is genuinely provocative. Winner of the 2017 Palme d’Or at Cannes, Swedish director Ruben Östlun has pulled off the old two-card trick by managing to... Read More →
Director Nicolai Fugslig has displayed a tedious taste for violence and carnage in over-extended battle scenes in his telling of this true story of a mission by American Special Forces in Afghanistan immediately following the events of 9/11.
If, like me, you grew up with Bugs and not Beatrix Potter’s much-loved Peter, you might be surprised to discover that the two rabbits’ personalities are not a million miles apart.
Gloria Grahame is not exactly a household name, but in 1952 she won an Oscar as best supporting actress for her performance in The Bad and the Beautiful. By 1981, when this film begins, she was just another faded American star, working on the stage and reduced to doing her own makeup (it’s a beautiful opening scene, with Gloria sitting in front of the mirror in her dressing room, accompanied by the piano from Elton John’s Song For Guy).
In From Russia With Love (the novel), Tatiana Romanova was a ballerina in Leningrad before joining the Russian Secret Service, whereupon she was trained as a siren to seduce and execute James Bond.
I haven’t had such a good laugh at the movies for ages. As Max and Annie, Jason Bateman and Rachel McAdams are perfectly cast as the youngish middle class couple in the burbs whose main goal is to have a baby (though 48 and 38, they can still get away with it).
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2011) has opened the floodgates for seniors’ romances. Not everyone wants to sit through two hours of smash-ups, chases and hallucinogenic CGI (without the hallucinogens), so it’s pleasing that producers have cottoned on to a previously neglected demographic
Clint Eastwood, now 87, has made some of the finest movies of this century. His latest is not one of them, but it does not warrant the brickbats that have been hurled at it. Indeed, if Eastwood’s crime is to... Read More →
The poster says a lot. It is of Saoirse Ronin (as the eponymous Lady Bird) in profile. For all the world it might be a Madonna by Piero della Francesca
Having received poison-pen letters for bagging Samson and Delilah (2009), I approached Warwick Thornton’s new film with trepidation – nobody wants to be branded a redneck by those who really care. This time out Thornton has nailed it with a... Read More →
When the world outside your window gets a bit too real for comfort, and you know that neither Hugh Jackman as PT Barnum nor the slugfest of pyjama cricket on TV will lift your spirits, a dose of big-screen animation... Read More →
It’s no wonder that Americans shoot each other with gay abandon, if they are flocking to their cinemas to be ‘entertained’ by movies such as this. It is exceedingly nasty and violent, and if macho bullshit were to be measured on the Richter scale it would likely fly off the register.
When I saw the trailer, I tried to remember the victim in the infamous knee-capping incident at the 1994 US trials for the Winter Olympics. Everybody knows Tonya Harding, the ‘villain’ in the piece, but the other girl’s name is lost to all but trivia buffs. ‘The Devil gets the best tunes’, as they say, so it’s Tonya who captured and maintains the imagination of a scandal-hungry public.