November 16, 2014: The Imitation Game Posted on November 16th, 2014.

“This isn’t Sherlock in tweed fiddling around with valves and wires,” quips Cumberbatch after the London Film Festival press screening of The Imitation Game. Cumberbatch is of course keen to quash any reductionist comparison between the two men considering he is, at present, cornering the market in socially awkward geniuses. Although Turing is brilliant, “he […]
October 17, 2014: Foxcatcher Posted on October 17th, 2014.

I enjoyed Liberace and The Wrestler, but Foxcatcher‘s genre mash-up of the two is a tonal oddity. Eccentric billionaire John E. Dupont (Carell) decides to coach and sponsor Mark Schultz (Channing Tatum). A former Olympic gold medallist in wrestling and an isolated loner, Mark is at first intoxicated by the wealth and quirkiness of Du Pont who […]
August 14, 2014: Wakolda (The German Doctor) Posted on August 14th, 2014.

I never thought that I could be so underwhelmed by a film that takes the Holocaust as it’s subject matter. Being of Jewish descent I usually avoid these films as I find them too upsetting or tawdry. Hollywood often produces tear-jerkers with the Spielbergesque need to put a happy ending on the Holocaust, when of […]
March 17, 2014: Under the Skin Posted on March 17th, 2014.

Under The Skin’s alternative working title could well have been “Stranger Danger”. Scarlett Johansson is an alien femme fatal on the hunt for men; vulnerable lonely men or men that just want to have sex with a beautiful stranger – so most men. The alien we meet is an alien on a mission, a fully […]
February 8, 2014: The Night of the Hunter Posted on February 8th, 2014.

Charles Laughton’s The Night of the Hunter is a masterpiece of American Cinema. Shot in the style of German Expressionism, with the dark shadows and stylised dialogue that is typical of the movement, it is a hypnotic nightmare that touches on the tradition of morality tales in its reinterpretation of the thriller genre. Watching it […]
February 7, 2014: The Invisible Woman Posted on February 7th, 2014.

With his critically acclaimed directorial debut Coriolanus, Ralph Fiennes creates another successful period piece for his second outing proving he is no one hit wonder. The Invisible Woman is a biographical exploration of Charles Dickens’ love affair with Ellen Ternan. The hard and fast victorian morals traded in Dickens’ work have often obscured his more […]
October 23, 2013: LFF: Sixteen Posted on October 23rd, 2013.

It’s hard not to be cynical about a white middle class film director setting his debut feature in an urban landscape with a troubled black lead. All the hallmarks of the well-trodden urban street genre are apparent as Rob Brown’s Sixteen begins – the haloing light through the council estate windows, knife crime and a […]