A Ghost Story

David Lowery’s “A Ghost Story” is a remarkable film in a number of ways. The most immediate way in which it is remarkable is that it contains two big-name stars (Rooney Mara and Casey Affleck), and yet the film has an aesthetic that is defiantly ‘arthouse’; that is, long takes, narrative ambiguity, themes presented through…

A24

If, as Ben Child’s tentative piece for the Guardian argues, there is such a thing as the auteur producer, then the names Daniel Katz, David Fenkel, and John Hodges (the three men behind the production company “A24”) firmly deserve to be on the list of pioneers of the movement, along with Marvel’s Kevin Fiege, and…

Get Out

Jordan Peele delivers what feels like seven films at once in his first movie as director, “Get Out”, which is so beguiling, strange, and yet bewitching, that any reaction I had to it from scene to scene was tempered by the fact that I was never, quite, sure how I was meant to be reading…

Damage (1992)

Louis Malle's "Damage" is a somewhat fascinating film that put me in my mind of that famous Joy Division song about losing control. I say somewhat fascinating, because it seems to be a film of two halves; the first section, in which the characters are introduced, is superb, an arch study in desire and violent…

February Album Challenge: Day One

A few folks I know are doing this; listening to one album they've never heard before, in each day of February, and writing about it. The irony is that these people, and myself, listen to probably much more than that on a daily basis on all days of the year. So, I suppose this is…

Too Late

Calling Dennis Hauck's effort "Too Late" a film seems a little dishonest. I think exercise is a much better term for it. It's something not so much concerned with telling a story or weaving a narrative with characters as it is with the manner in which it's made; its central preoccupation is itself. It's a…

Arrival (2016)

Mankind's unfathomable place in the universe has been one of the central preoccupations of (good) sci-fi cinema since Méliés shot that rocket into the moon's eye in 1902. There's something about the way the camera is always looking outwards, always probing, that makes it perfect for investigations of an otherwordly nature. Denis Villeneuve's 'Arrival' arrives…

A simple hello.

know this dude personally, he’s got a good voice that stands above the usual me-me-me tripe

THE LONG WAY ROUND

I guess you could say that my relationship with writing is certainly on and off. I tend to ignore it for a long time, simply telling my self that I have no ‘inspiration’ to blog. Then suddenly there’s this spark of imagination and I’m frantically attempting to cram a load of ideas on to a blank page, or in this case a blog post.

To me writing is so subjective, I may write something which frankly you may read and deem as shit. Yet to me, it means so much more. It’s kind of just like grammar. I may use a comma where you say there doesn’t need to be one, read it with a pause and if there’s a full stop bluntly mid sentence, then just follow it. That’s the point. Reading tends to tell a story and if you’re reading it the way that you want to, instead…

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The Raid Films

The Raid and The Raid 2 are very successful action films, perhaps the most successful we’ve seen in years, because the filmmaking style embodies a physicality that is matched by the key players. If you have seen The Raid, then you know what I mean, but if you haven’t then know this; this is a…

L’Enfant Sauvage

Francois Truffaut directed this film in 1969, by that point his ninth full length film, but it has the ramshackle earnestness of a first feature, a direct and simple work that gets straight to its point, and doesn't deviate once from the central plot thread. It is a grounded telling of the archetypal Tarzan story,…