Suspiria (2018) Review

It takes nerve and vision to remake something as cinematically revered as “Suspiria” so there’s no doubting director Luca Guadagnino’s ambition and confidence. In reimagining the sacred, Guadagnino manages to take the bones of the original and reshape them into something disturbingly new and yet primally familiar. A darkness lurks at the heart of the … Continue reading Suspiria (2018) Review

Free Fire (2017) Review

Released tomorrow, Ben Wheatley’s follow-up to his adaptation of “High Rise” is a quirky slice of lowlife set in the gun running ganglands of 1970s Boston. With its tongue firmly in cheek and a bullet in the chamber, it’s a breezy and bonkers film which owes a great deal to the works of Quentin Tarantino. … Continue reading Free Fire (2017) Review

High-Rise (2016) Review

Reportedly a passion project for producer Jeremy Thomas since he purchased the film rights back in 1975, J G Ballard’s “High-Rise” finally makes it to the big screen and it’s as if not a single day has passed since Thomas first conceived the film. In a parallel London of the 1970s, Doctor Robert Laing (Tom … Continue reading High-Rise (2016) Review

Just Larson About: Glen A Larson (1937-2014)

Glen A Larson (1937-2014) I've just heard that American TV Writer and Producer Glen A Larson has died at the age of 77. It's sad news because he was a huge, almost mythical and yet mysterious figure in my childhood entertainment. The name Glen A Larson was a hallmark of quality, okay maybe not actual … Continue reading Just Larson About: Glen A Larson (1937-2014)

The Quiet Ones (2014) Review

Hammer Horror's resurrected body (of work) stumbles a little with this elegantly creepy, Seventies-set chiller about an Oxford professor seeking to debunk the supernatural by curing a 'possessed' teenage girl. Holing up in an old house in the countryside, Professor Coupland (Jared Harris) and his three students continue their experiments on a psychologically disturbed young … Continue reading The Quiet Ones (2014) Review

X-Men: Days Of Future Past (2014) Review

While casting envious eyes at the success of “The Avengers” and making plans to attempt to replicate its success, DC/ Warner Brothers have overlooked the other advantage Marvel have over them: there’s more than one studio making Marvel movies. Warner Bros simply doesn’t have the financial resources to match the combined might of Disney, Sony … Continue reading X-Men: Days Of Future Past (2014) Review

Lovelace (2013) Review

The film “Deep Throat” came out before I was born but it’s still the origin of the phrase I knew first. Before I’d heard of the Watergate Scandal and way before “The X Files”, I knew of its existence as a porno movie. I’d probably heard of it before I really understood what a porno … Continue reading Lovelace (2013) Review

American Hustle (2013) Review

What strikes you immediately about “American Hustle” is the hair. Hair and Amy Adams’ cleavage (there’s none of the former on the latter, though). The hair, make-up and wardrobe is so transformative and attention grabbing that it briefly threatens to overshadow everything else going on in the film. And that would be a real shame … Continue reading American Hustle (2013) Review

Any Day Now (2012) Review

That “Any Day Now” has been pigeonholed as a LGBT film does it, and its message, a gross disservice. It deserves a much wider audience that it may receive thanks to that label, and I suspect it won’t gain the traction at the UK box office it should have. Alan Cumming plays Rudy Donatello, a … Continue reading Any Day Now (2012) Review