All posts by Graham Williamson

Pick of the Geek – Jenny Lewis The Voyager

Jenny Lewis has had some sort of a life – child actress, cult indie-rock frontwoman, solo singer-songwriter – and every messy moment of it is alchemised into beautiful art on this 2014 album.  If her debut solo album Rabbit Fur Coat seemed to be a

Pick of the Geek – Kelis Kaleidoscope

Before her milkshake caused impromptu gatherings at yards across the world, Kelis made her debut with this 2000 album, produced and chiefly written by the then-little-known duo of Pharrell Williams and Chad Hugo.  Kaleidoscope is obviously of a piece with the late-90s hip-hop and R&B

Pick of the Geek – The Magic Finger

To the Gregg family, hunting is just plain fun. To the girl who lives next door, it’s just plain horrible. She tries to be polite. She tries to talk them out of it, but the Greggs only laugh at her. Then one day the Greggs

Mysterious Object at Noon

The first film by Apichatpong Weerasethakul begins with a shot that approximates the feeling of tuning an analogue radio; mysterious, haunting, archaic and likely to land you somewhere you weren’t expecting. It’s a black-and-white tracking shot through the front window of a moving vehicle, with

Pick of the Geek – Loving Miss Hatto

In 1953 William Barrington-Coupe – known as Barrie – spots concert pianist Joyce Hatto and recognizes her talent. They marry with Barrie becoming Joyce’s agent. She makes several records,which achieve some popularity, though her stage fright restricts the success of her concert tours and Barrie,still

Grey Gardens

What are the building blocks of a cult movie?  Uniqueness and a certain quotability both help, but also it needs the sense of a world to explore, an impression that every casual reference to an off-screen character or brief appearance might lead to a life

Back to God’s Country

A Technicolor frontier adventure set in the wilds of the Arctic, Back to God’s Country exists at the intersection of three of the most comfortingly dad-movie genres; the pre-revisionist Western, the wilderness survival story and the Jack London-patented faithful dog story.  Source author James Oliver

The Bad Sister

A minor film with a major claim to fame, Hobart Henley’s The Bad Sister was intended as a vehicle for Conrad Nagel and Sidney Fox, the latter of whom plays the disreputable sibling of the title.  Today its fame rests on two supporting cast members;

Couple in a Hole

Tom Geens’s Couple in a Hole begins with a gorgeous, slow shot of a forest at the height of summer, then it delivers its first jolt before the film is two minutes old.  Geens’s second film after 2009’s Menteur, Couple in a Hole is his first