An Ideal for Film: JG Ballard’s The Drowned World

Novelist JG Ballard is so clever he’s managed to wangle a spot in the dictionary: World English Dictionary Ballardian (ˌbælˈɑːdɪən)  adj 1 of James Graham Ballard (born 1930), the British novelist, or his… Continue reading

Under the Skin Review

Having been twelve years in the making it would be fair to say that Jonathan Glazer’s long awaited Under the Skin has gathered a significant amount of subconscious expectation, and, as we all… Continue reading

The Grand Budapest Hotel Review

Wes Anderson, the quirky directorial king of hipster cinema (or the hipster king of quirky cinema?), isn’t to everyone’s tastes with his too cool for school, deadpan, cinematic oddities, but with the The… Continue reading

The Oscars- Who’s going to Win?

After spending the last week frantically watching the remaining Oscar nominees I’m finally in the position to cast judgement on who’s going to be blubbering over a little gold man at Sunday’s 86th… Continue reading

The Latest Picture Show’s Top 10 of 2013

As tedious and overused end of year lists are they are undoubtedly popular, despite the limited choices and inevitable overlap. Seeing as I’ve probably reviewed all my choices on here already I’ll just… Continue reading

Her Review

Back in October the Guardian ran an article highlighting Japan’s “flight from human intimacy”; the dissolution of traditional relationships, sexual desires and even the inherent need for human contact. The number of single… Continue reading

Inside Llewyn Davis Review

Suitably, and surely not out of coincidence, the Coen brothers’ latest film following hapless 1960s folk singer Llewyn Davis’ amateur career can be summed up by Bob Dylan’s most famous chorus: “How does… Continue reading

Dallas Buyers Club Review

Hollywood loves a comeback, almost as much as it loves pushing a particular mortal soul renowned for acting (sometimes) to the top of pile in order to lavish him with exhaustive praise and… Continue reading

‘Based on a True Story’- The Alternative Realities of Cinema

“Based on a true story”, the five immortal words ushered on to cinema screens that act as a subconscious stamp of authenticity and quality for the oncoming story, innocently accepted with the utmost… Continue reading

The Wolf of Wall Street Review

Like a cinematic personification of the menacing bronze bull that guards New York’s financial district Martin Scorsese’s The Wolf of Wall Street has rampaged through the media outlets for the past year, seemingly… Continue reading