Film reviews and more

Month: May 2019

#Edinburgh #Jamie Neish

Edinburgh 2019: Programme highlights

The full programme for this year’s Edinburgh International Film Festival has been revealed, bolstering 18 world premieres and 72 UK premieres of films brought to the Scottish capital from countries all over. Now in its 73rd year, the world’s longest continuously running film festival […]

#Christopher Machell #Reviews

Film Review: Godzilla: King of the Monsters

★★★☆☆ “Let them fight” was the raison d’etre of Gareth Edwards’ Godzilla, the kaiju-centric creature feature that kickstarted Legendary Studio’s monster-verse back in 2014. Michael Dougherty’s sequel, King of the Monsters has certainly taken its forbear’s mantra to heart, offering up a smackdown between Godzilla and his most iconic enemies, […]

#Reviews #Zoe Margolis

Film Review: Thunder Road

★★★★☆ Opening with an excruciating but perversely funny funeral scene, Thunder Road is unapologetic in showing the rawness and devastation death can have on people. Eulogising his dead mother – via a humiliatingly awful song and dance routine – is Texan police officer Jim […]

#Reviews #Tom Duggins

Film Review: Support the Girls

★★★☆☆ The uniquely American phenomenon of Hooters-style sports bars provides the subject matter for Andrew Bujalski’s Support the Girls. More Cassavettes than Coyote Ugly, the film rarely concerns itself too deeply with the politics of such establishments, preferring instead to take a softer, human […]

#Guest Post

Hollywood’s most famous casino players

For decades, Hollywood has enjoyed an incredibly close relationship with casinos; whether it’s the countless major movies that have been based in and around casinos and the casino industry or the multi-millionaire movie stars which regularly make their way to big-name casinos to try […]

#Christopher Machell #Reviews

Film Review: XY Chelsea

★★★★☆ In 2010, US Army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning was sentenced to thirty-five years in prison after she leaked classified documents and footage of military operations in Iraq. In 2013, Manning (born Bradley Manning) came out as a transgender woman, before her sentence was […]

#Cannes #John Bleasdale

Cannes 2019: Sibyl review

★★★☆☆ Movies love certain professions and psychotherapy is certainly one. They have to listen to people’s problems while (usually) masking their own issues. From Richard Burton in Equus to Billy Crystal in Analyse This, there’s an undoubted attraction to a job which involves lots […]

#Martyn Conterio #Reviews

Film Review: Zombi Child

★★★☆☆ Bertrand Bonello’s arthouse horror oddity Zombi Child works best as a film about colonial trauma and the tragic history of Haiti. Those expecting a traditional zombie flick with flesh-eating ghouls clawing at the doors will soon learn this one is more Jacques Tourneur […]

#Cannes #Martyn Conterio

Cannes 2019: Oh Mercy! review

★★☆☆☆ It’s time Cannes called a moratorium on screening the films of French director Arnaud Desplechin until he can come back with work as good as A Christmas Tale. Oh Mercy! has no business competing for the Palme d’Or. Co-written with Léa Mysius, who […]

#John Bleasdale #Reviews

Film Review: Parasite

★★★★★ Families on the lower end of the pay scale have proven fertile ground for filmmakers of late, from Hirokazy Kore-eda’s Palme d’Or-winning Shoplifters to Ken Loach’s latest Sorry We Missed You. But you’d be hard-put to find anything with the acerbic brilliance of […]

#Cannes #Martyn Conterio

Cannes 2019: The Cordillera of Dreams review

★★★★☆ Chilean documentarian Patricio Guzmán’s The Cordillera of Dreams caps off an astonishing set of history-focused essay films, beginning with Nostalgia for the Light and continuing with The Pearl Button. The trilogy represents one of the great artistic statements of the decade. Closer to […]

#John Bleasdale #Reviews

Film Review: The Lighthouse

★★★★★ There’s something heartening about genius being put in the service of madness. Already this Cannes we’ve seen the exemplar in a fully restored 4K version of Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining, but at the Quinzaine a sea-change took place. Robert Eggers’ The Lighthouse is […]