Relic – 2020 James


A noteworthy slow-burn arthouse horror from director Natalie Erika James – her debut film Bound to frustrate traditional genre enthusiasts with her pacing—James is far more concerned with telling a nuanced story of dementia as

Relic – 2020 James2021-01-12T16:29:04+00:00

The Go-Between – 1971 Losey


A coming-of-age story and a period costume drama that could have easily been from the later cycle of films from Merchant Ivory. Dominici Guard plays “Leo”- the boy, and literally the go-between passing notes from

The Go-Between – 1971 Losey2021-01-11T19:16:29+00:00

Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom – 2020 Wolfe


George Wolfe brings August Wilson’s play to life thanks to stellar lead performances from Viola Davis and the late, great Chadwick Boseman This is the final film from Boseman who tragically passed away way too

Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom – 2020 Wolfe2021-01-15T22:01:03+00:00

The Apartment – 1960 Wilder


Wilder’s 1960 tragicomedy features a tremendous set design (the endless rows and rows of desk in the insurance office) and career-best work from Jack Lemmon and Shirley MacLaine Wilder was coming off Some Like it

The Apartment – 1960 Wilder2021-01-09T14:05:01+00:00

Small Axe – 2020 McQueen


There’s plenty of debate as to whether Steve McQueen’s Small Axe is television or cinema (he insists it is cinema, and I wholeheartedly agree), or whether it is five separate works, or one larger work

Small Axe – 2020 McQueen2021-01-07T20:06:16+00:00

The Man Who Killed Don Quixote – 2018 Gilliam


It is impossible to talk about Terry Gilliam’s The Man Who Killed Don Quixote without talking about the troubled (an understatement) production backstory. It is maybe the most storied production in cinema history. The Day

The Man Who Killed Don Quixote – 2018 Gilliam2021-01-02T20:37:04+00:00

American Honey – 2016 Arnold


Easily the best film to date from Arnold-- and another boost for the A24 brand social commentary- "I'm the spiderman of the dumpster"- much of film is through the eyes of these troubled impoverished youth

American Honey – 2016 Arnold2021-01-02T20:43:13+00:00

The Outpost – 2019 Lurie


You have to probably go back to 2000’s The Contender for something this good in Rod Lurie’s filmography. The Outpost is a sturdy entry in the 21st century war film genre- here about a group

The Outpost – 2019 Lurie2021-01-05T22:09:25+00:00

Wolfwalkers – 2020 Moore, Ross Stewart


This is now the third work from Tomm Moore (all of them co-directed by this is the first time with Ross Stewart) with previous works including The Secret of Kells (2009) and Song of the

Wolfwalkers – 2020 Moore, Ross Stewart2020-12-29T18:55:43+00:00

The Assistant – 2019 Green


A remarkable feature debut from Australian-born Kitty Green. The Assistant starts with an attention to detail you’d see from a realist. Julia Garner plays Jane- the titular character and the film convers one day in

The Assistant – 2019 Green2020-12-29T18:06:00+00:00

The Hobbit – 2012-2014 Jackson


The reunion of Tolkien and Jackson, over a decade after the start of The Lord of the Rings, fails to live up to the achievement of its predecessor (heavy lies the crown sort of thing

The Hobbit – 2012-2014 Jackson2020-12-29T18:58:47+00:00

Die Hard – 1988 McTiernan


Like McTiernan’s 1987 entry the year before, Predator, Die Hard is an updated (and modified) western. Instead of The Magnificent Seven (Seven Samurai) it’s Shane here in many ways Clichés are clichés for a reason

Die Hard – 1988 McTiernan2020-12-28T13:29:23+00:00
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