I’m all in for Knives Out (2019)

Part Agatha Christie homage, part reimagining of “Clue” with just a pinch of “Murder By Death”, Rian Johnson’s latest murder mystery film is as wittily subversive as you might expect and while it’s no gamechanger it’s still a welcome injection of honest to goodness fun into the ponderous, stultifying multiplexes of late 2019. When the…

Superb Owl’s Trailer Hootenanny #4

Oh, the weather outside is frightful, but sometimes we owls don’t mind the snow so much. Tasty prey leaves easy to follow tracks when we do need to pop out and, best of all, Gruffalos hibernate so we need not fear ending up as owl ice-cream.  So, as I nestle snug and warm in my…

The Shape Of Water (2018) Review

Guillermo Del Toro brings his trademark dark fairytale aesthetic to bear on this dreamy, beautifully realised tale, a tale as old as time, a song as old as rhyme: beauty and the moist. Elisa (Sally Hawkins), a mute cleaning lady, found as an infant with mysterious scars on her neck works as part of the…

Great acting puts the special in Midnight Special (2016)

There’s a vaguely timeless quality to Jeff Nichols’ first studio film, a sincere and almost reverent call-back to the spiritual sci-fi of the 1970s. When a determined father takes his son and goes on the run from the sequestered compound of the religious sect they live in, they find themselves not only hunted by his…

Mud (2013) Review

Coming midway through Matthew McConaughey’s Acting RenaissanceTM, “Mud” lovingly creates a nostalgic view of the American South, drenched in golden sunset hues. It’s a gently paced coming-of-age drama telling the story of two young teenagers, Ellis and Neckbone, from DeWitt, Arkansas who have found a derelict boat stuck halfway up a tree on a small…

Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice (2016) Review

Okay, before we get down to business, let’s set the record straight. Full disclosure: I’ve never been keen on this iteration is Superman. I didn’t care for “Man Of Steel” and have only grown to dislike it more over the years. On the other hand, I never really had any serious doubts regarding Ben Affleck…