How many filmmakers had as good a 1960s as Tony Richardson?
The Charge of the Light Brigade is a far cry from the kitchen sinkers that made him one of the most prominent and important British filmmakers, possibly of all time. It's similar in how angry it is, however, with Richardson's wonderful and sometimes hilarious bad mood style of directing giving him the chance to round on militarism and imperialism.
Yes, it's fair to say Richardson didn't seem very pleased…
I was like pretty much every other lad of my age at sixth form college and then university.
I had the GoodFellas poster, would recite parts of it with my friends, and basically made out it was the coolest thing that ever existed. I mean, I only watched it once and actually much preferred The Goonies but you have to keep up appearances, don't you.
I did like it, I think, but clearly if I…
i think i'm gonna stop pretending i don't think this is one of the greatest films ever made.
an absolute masterclass in atmosphere. such simplicity - no music, three actors and one setting. just pure fear.
i know the entire plot at this point and yet by the end i'm squinting at my laptop, palms tingling, heart racing, volume turned down and screen turned slightly away because it still fucking terrifies me.
My Golden Age of Cinema will forever be the 1990s. Being between the ages of 11 and 20, it was the period when I formed, solidified and studied my love of film. It was also pretty much Internet free, so I hadn’t had the whole thing ruined by that. Of the period, 1995-1999 spawned some of my favorite films to this day and Three Kings is high up that list.
Beginning as a Kelly's Heroes in Iraq, it’s not long…
Thank you Chad Stahelski for answering my prayers.
When people saw the first John Wick I'm sure no one assumed they were witnessing the birth of one of the best action franchises we had ever seen. After all the story doesn't really lend itself to sequels that well, John got his revenge, that should be that. Right? However, when Chapter 2 decided to expand even more on the lore of the Continental and the mysterious world that Wick comes from,…
I wasn’t really that arsed about seeing this but I’m glad I did because if I hadn’t gone to see it then this wouldn’t have happened.
And really, that’s all that matters now. It’s Agatha Christie, it’s a whodunnit, lots of actors, ooh he did it no he did it no she did rinse repeat blah blah who gives a shite.
The best - Daisy Ridley and her rose wine, Michelle…
It doesn't happen often that a film holds so many things in it that I adore without reserve.
Villeneuve's Arrival is what science fiction should be. It extrapolates a fantasy through a human filter, thus commenting on our nature. Science Fiction thinks of the unreal to make it palpable. We can learn a lot from this literature of ideas and Arrival is no different.
The premise has been done to death, but has rarely been approached with such restraint and…
Finding tension in a film is never easy. Too often directors resort to cheap tricks, forgetting the simple fact that feeling tense about a situation is something different from feeling scared.
There is no cheapness in Sicario. At all. It is a tense, smart and beautiful film that only confirms the talent and versatility of Villeneuve.
From the get go we are thrown into a world that doesn’t seem like ours but unfortunately is. For two hours we are granted…
A marvel of cinematic sound and fury, George Miller's "Mad Max: Fury Road" weds brilliant, blistering action to soulful politics and a rivetingly textured future-world landscape. A film that is as explosive and it is smart, the fourth chapter in Miller's Mad Max cycle stands as a magnificently imagined, remarkably rendered, and kinetically staged spectacle. It is a hyper-charged and invitingly excellent work of popular art.
In a future undone by war and rebuilt by madmen, Miller's film bursts into…
American Psycho is one of those films that you find yourself laughing at the most inopportune moments. A disturbing and controversial take on author Bret Easton Ellis's bestseller, this isn't for the faint-hearted with a mix of subversive sexual fantasy and violence that focuses on a Wall Street yuppie who descends into becoming a serial killer. Set in 1987, we follow Christian Bale's Patrick Bateman and his life of materialism, narcissism, and yuppie greed. Every eighties cliché gets dropped into…
I've reviewed High Plains Drifter before and I pretty much echo everything I said in that review, albeit with a few additions.
There has been a mountain of debate over the years about the film's rape scene (it still staggers me that people even question whether it is rape or not) but I think it is a scene that is an ends to a means. High Plains Drifter is a necessarily mean-spirited and problematic western, particularly directed as it is…
I've ragged on Gus Van Sant over the years as much as anyone else who saw his Psycho remake, Paranoid Park, and Restless, but I never realized that he was capable of such a dreamlike, jaw dropping imagery like that of My Own Private Idaho. More of this please, Gus Van Sant. More of this, please
River Phoenix was an incredible actor and this film showcases the very best he was able to offer in his unfortunately brief life and…