Like its subject, “Vox Lux” is demanding, pretentious and self-congratulatory, although the film takes these traits to the point of cinematic onanism. Occasionally arrestingly shocking, it almost feels like, having grabbed your attention, it doesn’t really know what to do with it beyond hitting you over the head with its achingly obvious allegory for American … Continue reading Vox Lux (2019) kinda sucks.
Imagine, ten years ago, if someone had told you the future of the DC cinematic universe would rest on the shoulders of…Aquaman. Yeah, that Aquaman, the character who had only really made it into pop culture consciousness as a fish-wrangling joke. Fresh from the, if not triumph, then at least plummet-arresting crunching gear change of … Continue reading Aquaman (2018) Review
A blackly comic metafictional account of the making of “Nosferatu”, positing the idea that F W Murnau was prepared to go to any lengths in order to capture his masterwork, even turning a blind eye to the real-life vampire he has found to ‘play’ Count Orlok. Supported by a great performance from John Malkovich as … Continue reading Shadow Of The Vampire (2000) Dractober Review
2017 continued the previous year’s trend towards ever more polarised reactions to movies. With little room anymore for a ‘middle ground’, movies were either hailed as redefining triumphs or excoriated as blasphemy. Generally, I think I saw more great movies in 2017 than in 2016 but the average score across the 116 new releases I … Continue reading The 5th Annual Craggus Movie Awards
The 2018 Academy Award Nominations have been announced! "The Shape Of Water" leads the pack with 13 nominations, followed by "Dunkirk" with 8 and "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri" with 7. Who’s been snubbed? Who’s a dead cert? Who’s a dark horse? Ladies and gentlemen, place your bets… Production Design Beauty and the Beast Blade … Continue reading Nom, nom, nom! The 2018 Oscar nominees have been announced.
The magic kingdom casts a long shadow and there are those who live in the shade, cruelly out of reach of the fairy tale endings tantalisingly promised therein. But, even in the darkest depths of that shade, happiness can be found, if even only for a short while. Over the course of a Florida summer, … Continue reading The Florida Project (2017) Review
Offering first class accommodation, stunning views and a fine selection of a la carte thespian talent, Kenneth Branagh’s elegant and stylish remake of Christie’s famous novel is far more than a mere replacement cast service for the lauded 1974 ‘original’. Exhausted from work and ever so slightly jaded, celebrated Belgian detective Hercule Poirot is looking … Continue reading Murder On The Orient Express (2017) Review
“The Great Wall” is an epic Chinese fantasy adventure film unfortunately compromised by the token addition of a pair of western actors in an attempt to increase its box office potential. Set in the time of the Song Dynasty, the Great Wall Of China is one of the wonders of the world, but its true … Continue reading The Great Wall (2017) Review
With the exception of the “Cars” franchise, Pixar themselves are the exceptions to the usual law of diminishing returns which normally plagues sequels. However, in landing a sequel to “Finding Nemo”, a perfect story which really needed no follow-up would Pixar flounder or would the carping prove bass-less? A year after Nemo safely returned to … Continue reading Finding Dory (2016) Review
Although he’s been working steadily for the past few years and was most recently seen in “47 Ronin”, there’s something about “John Wick” that very much feels like a comeback; perhaps not a return from absence but certainly a return to form. And, much like the character he plays, he’s lost none of his skills … Continue reading John Wick (2015) Review
I didn’t really warm to 2011’s “Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy”, the last John le Carré adaptation to hit the big screen. A too star-laden cast self-consciously playing 1970’s dress up proved to be an irritating distraction and overpowered the intricate story, but thankfully that’s not the case with “A Most Wanted Man”. Starring the late … Continue reading A Most Wanted Man (2014) Review
Adapted from a novel by Dean Koontz, “Odd Thomas” is a breezy action horror movie that plays out like the kid from “The Sixth Sense” grew up and grew a spine. As the film’s tagline goes: ‘I see dead people, but then, by God, I do something about it’. Part ‘Ghost Whisperer’, part ‘Equalizer’, … Continue reading Odd Thomas (2013) Review
Quirky with a capital Q (in the Archer font, of course), Wes Anderson’s latest is a refreshingly bold and surreal murder-mystery-comedy-drama bursting at the seams with wit, charm and vibrant performances, all rendered in a beautifully dreamlike palette of pinks, purples and greys. “The Grand Budapest Hotel” will not be the film to convert any … Continue reading The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014) Review