Midnight Mass is a thrilling tribute to Stephen King’s literary legacy

Whether or not you engage with Midnight Mass may come down to whether you enjoy characters, for no particular reason, staring into the middle distance and giving long, uninterrupted reflections about the unjust treatment of 19th-century Hungarian doctor Ignaz Semmelweis or the fast-tracking of Muslim police officers post 9/11. There are dual focusses, addiction being at the fore for the first half of the season and religious zealotry taking over after that. Instead, he introduces a familiar mythology and makes it clear by the halfway point of the series where…

The Alpinist

Enjoyment. Enter Marc-André Leclerc, a low-profile, camera-shy twentysomething whose humility brings a more grounded perspective. It’s a refreshing alternative to the aforementioned trio of films, which are too eager to put their maverick protagonists on a pedestal. All are packed with incredible camerawork, documenting some truly exhilarating athletic feats – yet it seems that the main agenda of these films is to romanticise the allure of the solo climber and his rugged individualism. Ultimately, however, it’s the enigma of Marc-André that makes this such a compelling documentary. How many stressful…

Full of sound and fury, the first trailer for The Tragedy of Macbeth is here

Published 21 Sep 2021 Share this The film’s world premiere at the New York Film Festival this Friday fast approaches, and curious parties in the UK won’t have to wait too much longer either, with a closing-night slot at the BFI London Film Festival scheduled for 17 October. The Tragedy of Macbeth comes to US cinemas on 25 December, then streams via Apple TV on 14 January, 2022. Those of you who haven’t immediately clicked out of this window in a fit of justified, completely understandable rage can join us…

The Many Saints of Newark

Newark finds itself a city divided in the 1970s, with racial tensions flaring between Black and white residents – in particular the DiMeo crime family. The Many Saints of Newark Review by Hannah Strong @thethirdhan Share this Directed by Alan Taylor Starring Alessandro Nivola Jon Bernthal Leslie Odom Jr Michael Gandolfini Anticipation. It’s an obvious attempt to mirror Tony’s future relationship with Dickie’s son Christopher Moltisanti, whom he mentored throughout The Sopranos, but it’s heavy-handed and lacks the tragic grace of the television show. It’s undoubtedly a handsome cast, but…

40 years on, Southern Comfort remains a punishing study of male violence

He is intelligent, a professional chemical engineer, faithful to his wife, and scornful of the toxic posturing that surrounds him. Discipline is poor, with passive-aggressive teasing taking the place of camaraderie. Unlike Deliverance, however, the locals of Southern Comfort are not portrayed as inbred villains. Though handy with a knife, Hardin’s character subverts many of the cliches expected from the role. Although they are their fellow Americans, the soldiers consider the Cajuns to be alien and inferior, raising pertinent questions as to who really ‘owns’ a nationality, and the costs…

Cry Macho

Cry Macho Review by Charles Bramesco @intothecrevasse Share this Directed by Clint Eastwood Starring Clint Eastwood Dwight Yoakam Fernanda Urrejola Anticipation. Rancher and erstwhile cowboy Mike Milo is alright with that, as he is with most things. But there’s also an intense poignance in the knowledge that not so long ago, Eastwood could not bear to accept this idea. Unlike the many cinematic-universe-based franchises attempting to mount drama through multiple releases, Eastwood isn’t fixated on this grander continuity, allowing it to present itself organically rather than forcing it. Share this…

Why Johnny Guitar remains a superior subversive western

This is the plot of George Stevens’ iconic oater Shane, as its eponymous gunfighter drifts into a local dispute and sides with the wholesome, homespun underdogs, before moving on, injured, into an unknown future (or perhaps receding forever into a lost past). If she likes to hear the sound of a roulette wheel turning, perhaps that is because she has spent her life playing against the odds, in a film where fortunes change rapidly. Johnny Guitar is available on Blu-ray for the first time in the UK from 20 September…

Sufjan Stevens and Angelo De Augustine on their movie inspirations

We ended up drawing a parallel between that film and what was going on with people of colour being murdered in our country. SS: I love that film! SS: The Mad Max films are so violent and over the top, almost in a comedic way. It’s inherent. I’m kind of a junky for anything science fiction or horror. AD: Oh, definitely – especially so after making this album. In 2017, he composed songs for Luca Guadagnino’s Call Me by Your Name, underlining the film’s most emotive moments with his signature…

Time stops for love in the first trailer for The Worst Person in the World

The film being Norway’s odds-on submission for the Academy Award, a late-in-the-year run to coincide with that campaign is all but assured. The third part in Trier’s so-called “Oslo Trilogy,” the film chronicles the quarter-life crisis sending Julie from the arms of her boyfriend Aksel (Anders Danielsen Lie) into the embrace of the enticing Eivind (Herbert Nordrum), her romantic ambivalence in sync with her aimless career path. Today, everyone can get a glimpse of what all the fuss is about with the first trailer for the downbeat romance, posted online…

One Second – first look review

That the three leads are all anonymous or pseudonymous adds to the story’s fable-like vibe and the interpretation of each of them as an archetype. It’s also the flip side of the mournful anecdote about Georges Méliès’ films being melted down and turned into boot heels in Martin Scorsese’s Hugo. No one in town is more eager to see the film fixed and screened than an enigmatic unnamed outsider (Zhang Yi), who is eventually revealed to be a fugitive from a nearby prison farm. When the time comes to screen…

Benediction – first-look review

The string of discreet affairs he enjoyed with other men, including the caddish music hall star Ivor Novello (Jeremy Irvine) and the flamboyant socialite ​​Stephen Tennant (Calam Lynch), make up the bulk of the film’s two-and-a-quarter-hour runtime. In Scotland, Sassoon meets a shell-shocked aspiring poet named Wilfred Owen, whose own provocative ode of remembrance, ‘Disabled’, is read aloud by Lowden at the end of the film. His letter ‘A Soldier’s Declaration’, printed in 1917 and controversially read before the House of Commons, was perhaps the strongest anti-war statement of its…

Jagged – first-look review

“A culture doesn’t listen.” The revelation comes rather late in the film, but in a way that parallels the way that adult Morissette has had to unpack the experience years removed from it. Surrounded by her books, 40-something Morissette is unflinching, eloquent, and quite funny. Around the same time as she’s being interviewed, Morissette is gearing up to release 2020’s Such Pretty Forks in the Road, her first album in eight years. To some extent, the sequence suggests, the song doesn’t need explaining. Aside from the star herself, who reports…

The carnival comes to town in the first trailer for Nightmare Alley

Lillith Ritter (Cate Blanchett). A release date for the UK has yet to be set. All the same, nice to see Cooper in a leading role for the first time in three years. One pertinent bit of knowledge for those unschooled in the carnival arts: a mainstay of the gnarly side shows traveling with the rest of the carnies, the “geek” was a performer who would shock and amaze crowds by biting the heads off of live chickens, then drinking their blood. The specifics of Stan’s many hoaxes and eventual…

Prisoners of the Ghostland

Share this Share this Merchants of chaos Nicolas Cage and Sion Sono team up for a fleet-fisted tale of redemption and uprising.In 2016 The Hollywood Reporter dubbed Sion Sono “the most subversive filmmaker working in Japanese cinema today”. The eponymous Hero (Nicolas Cage) is a ruthless bank robber, sprung from the jailhouse by The Governor (Bill Moseley), who hires him to retrieve his missing “niece” Bernice (Sofia Boutella) from the radioactive ‘Ghostland’ beyond the safety of the town limits. The premise alone promises zany carnage. In Retrospect. Although Aaron Hendry…

Fauci

As most people are already aware, Fauci’s big fight wasn’t with Covid, it was with a commander in chief who was chillingly open to offering folksy medical advice based on the insane witterings of my friend’s cousin’s brother’s barman. Published 16 Sep 2021 Share this Bono turns up at the end to praise his work in successfully lobbying George W Bush to send aid and medicine to sub-Saharan Africa. As with almost all recorded images featuring ex-President Donald Trump, the short segments featured in this film are almost gag-inducing in…