Category Archives: Reviews

Stockholm, My Love

It’s not unknown for film directors to start their career as critics, but Mark Cousins is one of the rare breed who practice both disciplines at the same time. As such, it can be hard to avoid looking for connections, seeing the criticism and films

The Bird with the Crystal Plumage

Dario Argento is synonymous with the Giallo (Heavily stylised Italian Murder/Slasher) whereby one of his latter day and inferior films carries the very same moniker, similarly, his directorial debut the Bird with the Crystal Plumage counts among the most acclaimed and beloved movies in the

Ip Man: The Final Fight

Folk Heroes are such huge figures of Chinese culture that to western eyes it may look like the milking of a particularly bounteous cash cow, look at Wong Fei Hung & Fong Sai-Yuk – between them we are looking at hundreds of titles. Both of

Minute Bodies: The Intimate World of F. Percy Smith

Now here’s a real curio, and one you might be utterly beguiled by. Minute Bodies is a compilation of work by the British biologist and pioneering film-maker F. Percy Smith and his colleague and editor Mary Field. Smith was quite a celebrity in his day,

Wonder Woman

CONTAINS SPOILERS When I first heard of the casting of Gal Gadot as Wonder Women I had mixed feelings. Part of me thought that DC was just casting a beautiful woman to counteract the amount of testosterone in the Justice League but thankfully Gal Gadot

Graduation (Bacalaureat)

Despite some questionable actions, it’s hard not to feel sorry for  Adrian Titieni’s Dr Romeo Aldea in award winning director Cristian Mungiu’s film Graduation (or Bacalaureat as it is known in its native Romania); weighed down by middle age and with only his good reputation to comfort

Doctor Who | Episode 6 Extremis

Written by Steven Moffat | Directed by Daniel Nettheim The Doctor, still blind from the last episode gets a visit from the Pope, who explains that there is a document called the ‘Veritas’ and anyone who reads it is for some reason compelled to kill

Steve McQueen: The Man & Le Mans

If you read the stories surrounding the production of the film Le Mans, the ill-fated Steve McQueen racing passion project, then it sounds like the production of Coppola’s Apocalypse Now. Both films went massively over budget and over schedule, accidents occurred, cast and crew members dropped out

Doctor Who | Episode 5 Oxygen

Written by Jamie Mathieson | Directed by Charles Palmer Do you know what’s worse than zombies? Space zombies. Do you know what’s worse than space zombies? Capitalism. Creepy factor turned up to 11 folks. Hands down I loved this episode. First of all, I loved

King Arthur: Legend of the Sword

I went to see King Arthur: Legend of the Sword a couple of weeks ago. It was phenomenally alright. It wasn’t bad. It wasn’t good. It was slap-bang on okay. I had fun. I had a few laughs. I remember thinking it was too loud