Aug
06
2013

A look at Michael Cimino’s troubled masterpiece Heaven’s Gate, just rereleased in the UK by Park Circus Films.




Mar
21
2013

Paul Thomas Anderson’s brilliant, confounding 70mm character piece The Master arrives on Blu-ray. I wrestle with The Master, and The Master wins.




Mar
15
2013

As Frank Khalfoun’s Maniac arrives in UK cinemas, I take a look at how it measures up to the 1980 original.




Feb
24
2013

On this Oscar night, while everyone and his brother is predicting what will win, I’ve decided to do something outrageous – just talk about what I think of the Best Picture nominees as actual films. 




Feb
16
2013

As A Good Day to Die Hard debuts in cinemas, and London’s Prince Charles cinema again plays the original Die Hard trilogy, I reflect on a wacky theory that I came up with last time I saw Die Hard  in the cinema.

Feel free to email me and tell me I’m wrong.




Jan
17
2013

After a two-month silence, I’m back with articles on some films that have been on my mind. Even if it’s a bit Sundance 2012, in the spirit of the Oscar season you can read my thoughts on Beasts of the Southern Wild (and watch director Benh Zeitlin’s short film Glory at Sea.)

Hot new flicks I like include Life of Pi and the documentary Side by Side. I also give my two penneth on releases I wasn’t keen on - Silver Linings Playbook, Skyfall and End of Watch.

Also covered are BFI archive screenings of Lost, Lost, Lost and the 1961 drama Something Wild, the review page of which also contains director Jack Garfein’s Q&A.




Nov
03
2012

London Film Festival may have ended over ten days ago, and I may be in America, but that doesn’t mean I’m not still catching up on LFF coverage! Check out A Personal Journey Through the 56th London Film Festival: Part Two and my thoughts on Hyde Park on Hudson.




Oct
20
2012

New London Film Festival coverage: Reviews of Tim Burton’s stop-motion remake Frankenweenie, Mika Ninagawa’s darkly kinky celebrity story Helter Skelter, Matteo Garrone’s celebrity-wannabe fable Reality, the sweet sleeper comedy Robot & Frank, the Belfast punk biopic Good Vibrations, the Korean sci-fi anthology Doomsday Book and the powerful Marillon Cotillard-starring melodrama Rust and Bone.




Oct
16
2012

Newly uploaded thoughts on London Film Festival include reviews of two films by early-20s wunderkinds: Xavier Dolan’s near-masterpiece relationship epic Laurence Anyways, and Jeremy Teicher’s sad drama about the choices of Senegalese villagers, Tall as the Baobab Tree. Also, the flawed Japanese revenge drama The Samurai That Night and the mediocre Australian cricket comedy Save Your Legs!




Oct
13
2012

Online now – reviews of the brilliant The Hunt, the fascinating Room 237  and the dull Here and There. All three films showing at London Film Festival today.