Grant McLanaghan

Tearing through movies like there's no tomorrow.

Favorite films

  • Memento Mori
  • L'Avventura
  • The Land of Hope
  • The Curse of the Cat People

Recent activity

  • Attack the Block

  • The Diadem

  • Hatchet for the Honeymoon


  • Dr. Who and the Daleks


Recent reviews

  • Attack the Block

    Attack the Block

    Featuring eminently watchable characters, even if many of them would annoy/scare the shit out of me in real life. (It certainly doesn’t hurt that the performances are very engaging.) It’s action-packed, funny, and a little bit scary, and the monsters are cleverly and cost-effectively realised. My only issue is the lionisation of Moses at the very end, which somewhat overstates his psychological journey (undoubted though it is).

  • The Diadem

    The Diadem

    An arty, dialogue-free piece of spy frippery that slots in, aesthetically and chronologically, between The Avengers and On Her Majesty’s Secret Service. (Much of the score blatantly cribs from Laurie Johnson so it’s clear which property’s coattails the producers were riding on.) Instead of a Lotus Elan or Mercury Cougar XRZ, Diana Rigg speeds around in a Mercedes-Benz convertible, which makes perfect sense given this is a German production.

    It's an interesting curio but only because of its star, who’s…

Popular reviews

  • The Flavor of Green Tea Over Rice

    The Flavor of Green Tea Over Rice


    Sympathy for Mr Bonehead

    In which Taeko (Michiyo Kogure) both scandalises and amuses a couple of her female friends and niece regarding her husband, whom she refers to as “Mr Bonehead” and compares to a dim-witted carp. And it has to be said, it’s pretty funny stuff. But then we get to spend some time with ‘Mr Bonehead’ – or Mokichi (Shin Saburi), to give him his actual name – and we realise that he’s a decent chap. It’s just…

  • Joint Security Area

    Joint Security Area


    Even the conspicuous dubbing of Lee Young-ae’s English dialogue (and the stilted performances of two European actors) can’t dampen the power of this deeply humanistic story about a geographical, political, ideological and cultural nexus point, where North and South Korea meet. And at the heart of this particular zone are people, not monoliths, a point which Park Chan-wook, elegantly sums up with a single photograph – a picture that is genuinely worth a thousand words.