Life, Death and The Ecstasy of Wilko Johnson

“The fear of death follows from the fear of life. A man who lives fully is prepared to die at any time.”  ― Mark Twain It’s a particularly odd facet of the human race… Continue reading

“I think that it’s the worst that film has ever been” – Is Dustin Hoffman right?

Two time Academy Award winner Dustin Hoffman recently made the bold claim that the film industry has never been worse than it is now. Speaking to The Independent Hoffman bemoaned the state of… 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

The Salvation Review (London Film Festival 2014)

Originally posted on Reviewing the past, present and future of The Silver Screen:
It’s probably fair to say that Westerns have had their day. The glory days of John Ford, Sam Peckinpah, Sergio…

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