Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)

Guardians of the Galaxy is not necessarily a total failure – it’s just a film doomed to wade in the larger narrative ambitions of it’s parent company and as such feels like an inconsequential piece of filmmaking. 

The Counsellor (2013)

Considering the swathe of negative reviews and the dearth of publicity, coupled with the opening 5 minutes, an embarrassing, wordy and decidedly unsexy sex scene between Michael Fassbender and Penelope Cruz, I figured The Counsellor to be dead on arrival. A half hour later and I was engrossed, and thrilled to be wrong in my …

Her (2013)

For a film concerned with the nature of artificial intelligence, Her is decidedly human. Even it’s title in which the titular AI is granted gender rather than simply being “it” is indicative of the film’s attention to the human condition.

Withnail & I (1987)

After the (Y) machine took a festive break, the wheels are again starting to turn. To ring in the New Year, I’m going to be telling you about each of my ten favourite movies. it’s been harder than expected to elucidate my feelings on these films, usually “just watch the damn thing” is more effective …

The Shining (1980)

After the (Y) machine took a festive break, the wheels are again starting to turn. To ring in the New Year, I’m going to be telling you about each of my ten favourite movies. it’s been harder than expected to elucidate my feelings on these films, usually “just watch the damn thing” is more effective …

Cronos (1993)

Falling within the so-called revisionist era, “a reflective, introspective late period” of cyclical genre occurrences, Cronos (del Toro, 1993) brings fresh blood (sorry) to the ever evolving Vampire tale. Running through the Horror spectrum from Cronenbergian metamorphosis horror through to the morbid fascination found in Robert Zemeckis’ Horror-Comedy Death Becomes Her (1992), the film explores …

Taxi Driver (1976) and The Auteur Theory

Originally a piece I wrote for a University assignment, presented here for it’s somewhat prescient link to the three of us as collaborators and our rally for the spirit of collaboration to become the industry’s main focus, as opposed to it’s current objective of making bank. Read the piece after the jump:

Only God Forgives (Refn – 2013)

This is not, despite the adage, a case of seeing the forest for the trees but of seeing the trees for the forest. Rather than having a story that is presented to the audience on a platter, Only God Forgives, does not forgive. Its series of intimate moments and crushing instances of supernatural violence convene …