Meet Me in the Bathroom – first-look review

In 1999, the neighbourhood’s grime put most people off. There’s also not much of a payoff when Albert Hammond Jnr reconnects with his Strokes bandmates, having been forced to ditch ‘wicked’ superfan Ryan Adams – presented here as a bad influence. Plus, of course, there is that glorious music – sounding as fresh and vital as it did back then – and plenty of it. As it did for other New Yorkers before them, so London’s music scene provides the golden-ticket – and massive exposure – that these bands need…

Good Luck to You, Leo Grande – first-look review

Not that Good Luck To You, Leo Grande doesn’t have its very own life-affirming epilogue. Leo surprises her with his dapper, professional and self-aware demeanour, paired with a hedonistic approach to life and people. Nancy’s unusual friendship with Leo brings out an almost maternal tenderness, providing her with the chance to explore her complicated feelings towards her two children. Nancy has never had an orgasm, nor does she know what good sex is supposed to feel like. The room is but a stage where the two leads suss each other…

The Cathedral – first-look review

The Cold War ends, the ’90s roll by, 9/11 brings on the War on Terror, Hurricane Katrina exemplifies disaster capitalism, and so on. It mixes elements of the memory play with other elements which deny the subjective mode that genre usually operates within. Within the movie’s objective frame, we are invited to study the stories that families tell about themselves, and how they are miniatures of the stories that communities and nations (imagined communities) tell about themselves. The movie begins a year before his birth, and before that happy moment…