Category Archive: 2015

Spectre Review

Oddjob’s steel brimmed hat in Goldfinger, the tense poker game in Casino Royale, the brawl on the train in From Russia with Love, and, of course, the Union Jack parachute in The Spy… Continue reading

Straight Outta Compton Review

In 1988, N.W.A released the album “Straight Outta Compton.” The album’s titular first track opened with the spoken line “You are now about to witness the strength of street knowledge” and ended with… Continue reading

Legend Review

If Ronnie and Reggie Kray were still knocking about today you can’t help but think they’d be quite chuffed with their latest cinematic adaptation, Legend. There’s an early scene in the film where… Continue reading

Slow West Review

There’s a rare moment of quiet in Slow West where affable European stranger Werner, in conversation with our meek protagonist Jay (Kodi-Smit McPhee), ponders how Native American culture will be mythologised and idolised… Continue reading

Child 44 Review

Cigar chain-smoker and all-around war hero Winston Churchill once mused, “Russia is a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma.” While Child 44 isn’t quite that indecipherable, Churchill’s sentiments perfectly summarise the… Continue reading

Listen Up Phillip Review

Trying to describe Listen Up Phillip to an inquisitive soul will in all likelihood end up with a mention of Woody Allen and a mention of Wes Anderson. To some that combination of… Continue reading

A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night Review

Imagine the scene; we’re in LA, there’s a 1950s greaser, a vampire, some electro pop playing and everyone’s speaking in Iranian. Oh, and it’s black and white. The aforementioned might be particularly tricky… Continue reading

Far from the Madding Crowd Review

It’s impossible to avoid Tom Hardy. It’s wholly improbable that you’ve managed to survive the whole day without seeing his grizzled and chiselled face at some point. He’s currently starring in Child 44,… Continue reading

Cobain: Montage of Heck Review

Earlier this week heath dwelling faux folk band Mumford and Sons made the bold declaration that Kanye West was “the only rock star left”. If self-anointed God, and prophet paradoxically, Yeezus is the… Continue reading

The Water Diviner Review

Sitting down to watch Russell Crowe’s directorial debut, The Water Diviner, I conjured up this rather tenuous analogy in my jumbled thoughts. Film directors are a bit like football managers. Think about it,… Continue reading