Pauline at the Beach

Pauline at the Beach is a 1980’s French film recently shown at ‘The Metrograph’ in New York by French ‘auteur’ Eric Rohmer. I shuddered a little inwardly when I wrote the ‘A’ word but ever you want to call him Rohmer and his circle of actors produced some interesting and philosophical romantic comedies. Pauline at …

Something Wicked

Like to be scared out of your wits? Then the brooding period piece horror ‘The Witch’ is for you. The plot is simple. A religious man breaks with his Puritan community and goes to live with his family on the edge of a spooky looking wood. Pretty soon that family starts to disappear. The film …

Elle

Businesswoman Michele Leblanc (Isabelle Huppert) seems to be a woman without feelings. When her mother announces she is marrying a much younger man she laughs at her. When said mother than has a stroke and dies she ignores her dying wishes When her best friend’s husband approaches her for an affair she goes with it …

Arrival

Alien invasion is in general not a good thing in the movies. For every ‘Close Encounters of the Third Kind’ there is an Independence Day or three. Which makes Arrival the new film from Dennis Villeneuve, a welcome change. The idea is simple Amy Adams is an expert linguist called upon to decipher the language …

Hell or High Water

  The tone of ‘Hell or High Water’ is set from the very first shot by a piece of graffiti which states that unlike banks, there’s no bailout for homeowners in these parts. This theme is carried throughout the whole piece. We see billboards with the single word question ‘Debt?’, waitresses struggling to bring up …

The Nice Guys

Once there used to be blockbusters that didn’t feature superheroes. They had, you know, real characters in the real world. The Nice Guys is a sort of throwback to that area. Written and directed by Shane black the guy responsible for Lethal Weapon, it’s a buddy comedy with a light touch that sort of reminds …

The Revenant

Revenge is one of the oldest motivations in the book. Probably the first caveman exacted revenge on the second for stealing one of his sharpened rocks. The murder of your child is perhaps one of the best reasons to exact revenge. Face it, if it happens your not going to be best pleased. Indeed what …

Ex-Machina

It’s been a while since I was truly excited and hooked by a film. Ex-Machina ended that for me. Even though I only watched it on a tiny screen on the back of a plane seat its obvious quality shone through. Devised and directed by Alex Garland the writer of the novel ‘The Beach’ and …

Players Wanted

Having worked my way through a fair few of the Oscar Nominated films I have no hesitation in declaring Whiplash my favorite so far. It’s a film that is resolutely unfashionable in a number of regards but for that very reason seems vital and exactly what we need right now. The protagonist Andrew, played brilliantly …

Gone Girl

As you’re probably noticed Gone Girl has been something of a hit with the cinema going public of America, yet many feminists have also accused it of sexism. The use of the classic manipulative femme fatale drawn from the usual Biblical sources has caused umbrage. However what also can’t be denied is the popularity of …