The latest film from Wes Anderson is a joyous ode to both Japanese Cinema and Man’s best friend. Amongst a filmography chock-full of quality and style, It proves to be his most creative and masterful work to date.
Humans are, despite my own hopes to the contrary, an inherently violent race. There are some situations in which violence becomes inescapable – and when they occur, the common man usually turns to those willing to do violence on their behalf. You Were Never Really Here is an exploration of the life of one of those men, willing to do violence on behalf of others – for the right cause.
I, Tonya follows the incredible rise and fall of American Figure Skating champion Tonya Harding, taking time to show events from her perspective in a hard-hitting and thoroughly entertaining real-life drama. Who’d have thought the world of figure skating could be so gripping?
If Phantom Thread is to be Daniel Day Lewis’ last film, then the elegant portrayal of an obsessive 1950’s dressmaker is an almost perfect allegory for the actor. The film analyses Reynolds Woodcock, a famed fashion designer who creates garments for royalty, celebrities and high society. His fastidious attention to detail in his work spills over into his life, where all events are kept tightly strung into their proper place. In Reynolds, we see DDL perhaps showing a little of himself.
The latest film from Martin McDonagh is a powerful study of grief, anger and justice. Sure to be one of the best films of this year, or any year for that matter. Equally funny and heartbreaking, It’s not to be missed.
Tick tick, tick tick, tick tick. That’s the sound of impending doom creeping ever closer, an omnipresent part of Christopher Nolan’s latest epic, Dunkirk. It could be called ‘Stress: The Film’ for the way it captures the anxiety and desperation of the troops stuck on the beach – with death lurking just out of sight.
There’s a term I’ve heard bandied about for films like It Comes At Night. Post-horror, I think it’s called. If so, I feel it’s an apt way to describe the A24 production, which is directed by Trey Edward Shults and features Joel Edgerton as the only real recognisable lead. Continue reading “It Comes At Night”