Their Finest (2017)

Their Finest is now available to buy / rent and I’d solidly recommend it.  It tells the story of a young woman (Gemma Arterton) who is employed to write realistic women’s dialogue (‘slop’ as it’s called in the film) in WWII propaganda reels and starts writing a feature film, based on the experience of two … Continue reading Their Finest (2017)

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Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (2017)

I walked out of Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets grinning from ear to ear and giggling like a child.  Luc Besson’s adaptation of the Valerian and Laureline comic books is a breath of fresh air after what seems like an eternity of drab fantasy comic book cinema.  This doesn’t feel recycled or … Continue reading Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (2017)

Son of Saul / Saul fia (2015)

The problem with representing the Holocaust on film is that you are making entertainment, and that is uneasy when you are talking about the 20th Century’s greatest scar.  I'm not suggesting that the Holocaust is sacred amongst all obscenities but it's a defining event for a number of reasons; firstly the murder, secondly the mechanisation of … Continue reading Son of Saul / Saul fia (2015)

Force Majeure (2014)

So we watched this a couple of nights ago and we're still talking about it.  Based around a great 'what would you do?' premise, or more accurately 'what do you like to think you would do?', Ruben Ostlund's film is a genuine talkie in that it compels you to talk.  And talk.  And actually think. … Continue reading Force Majeure (2014)

Selma (2014)

Selma is a interesting film on several counts and, given recent events in the US, a powerfully prescient and utterly engaging account of Martin Luther King's involvement with the Selma to Montgomery voting rights march in 1965.  The performances are well rounded (although one wonders where Tim Roth will go next after playing George Wallace … Continue reading Selma (2014)

Pump Up the Volume (1990)

So here's how the mind of a film nerd works; I'm on Twitter replying to a comment about Donald Trump, feeling all pleased with myself for noting that he reminds me of the fake adverts in Robocop (1987) and the Leonard Cohen line about America being 'the cradle of the best and the worst', when … Continue reading Pump Up the Volume (1990)

Inherent Vice (2014)

Here's a great delve of a movie; Paul Thomas Anderson's adaptation of a Thomas Pynchon novel about an LA P.I. investigating the disappearance of local businessman. It’s a wonderful sprawling sunshine noir that's hard to explain without revealing more but it works because there's too much story.  What you end up with is a sense of … Continue reading Inherent Vice (2014)

Ex Machina (2015)

Have you read The Beach (1996)? I read it in sixth form a couple of years after it came out and remember it going through our year like fire.  It was a zeitgeist thing, with it’s blend of backpacking and movies, and a cracking read that grabbed you and then unleashed itself just as it … Continue reading Ex Machina (2015)

Sometimes a Great Notion (1970)

Based on the novel by Ken Kesey, Sometimes a Great Notion tells the story of a family of loggers determined to fulfil a contract against the wishes of the majority of their neighbours who are all out on strike.  Of course it's all fiercely patriarchal and rugged and there's plenty of great logging footage and … Continue reading Sometimes a Great Notion (1970)