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A fiery, confrontational missive from one of the finest dramatic writers in the business. Anger, confusion and regret dominate the discourse, as we flit between the UK and US with various different pairings and contexts. This sequence rolls out like a one-act play (recalling David Mamet’s similarly-styled ‘Oleanna’), in which Lynch’s character presses and stands her intellectual ground in her questioning of the professor’s methods and ethics in a contentious paper about a school shooting. The staccato rhythms of the dialogue delivery lend the sequence a musicality that belies the…

Venom: Let There Be Carnage

The rapport between Eddie and Venom is so effortless it’s easy to forget he’s playing both roles, and it’s gratifying how easily Hardy slips into the persona of a sweaty, weirdo loser considering his smouldering off-camera persona. While critics savaged the film, the populace at large turned out in droves (perhaps as a result of the critical savaging) and become the sixth most profitable film of the year, with roughly a $700 million return on Sony’s initial investment. Share this Share this Tom Hardy returns as the reporter with an…

Lashana Lynch: ‘A lot of nations need to own up to their history’

But when you get down to the meat and bones of it, it is a white man not handling a Black woman in the way that she deserves, and not giving her the voice to speak her truth in the way that he can because he was born white. Not just for a few months because Black Lives Matter was in the news, but actually reaching the heads of studios, the producers, the filmmakers that have the power to fund scripts like this which have been sitting on their shelves…

In defence of Halloween: Resurrection

Yet despite its flaws though, Resurrection is arguably the most innovative film in the entire series. The six contestants, each of them sporting headcams and laden with quirks xeroxed from the teen slasher renaissance of the late ’90s, are tedious murder fodder. Even Sara, the film’s Final Girl, serves as a regrettably dull counterpart to the iconic Laurie, with her only true confidant being an online pen pal named Deckard who tunes into the broadcast at a party later that evening. Even Freddie, whose kung fu moves immortalised him as…

The Velvet Underground

Haynes understands this, and so it’s no accident that he starts this unconventional yet revelatory documentary about an unconventional yet revelatory band with a quote from Baudelaire: “Music fathoms the sky”. They are both not-quite-biopics, and each takes a sideways, yet pointed perspective on the legacies of two generation-defining icons: David Bowie and Bob Dylan. I’m Not There, meanwhile, viewed Dylan through a kaleidoscope, casting six actors to reveal a shapeshifter often at odds with himself and his art. It’s the music, and where it takes you, what it opens…

The Beatles make one last record in the Get Back documentary trailer

Jackson’s recent interest in restoring vintage filmstrips has never been put to better use, reviving recent history for those who recall The Beatles’ heyday and the new generations of music-lovers in thrall of their catalogue. Once they’d gotten some songs in the can, the animosity melted away and they remembered why they’d spent the past ten years together; their reluctance to allow this journey to end culminated in the last gasp of the rooftop concert at Apple Corps. The emotional backbone of the film is the genuine closeness between John,…

Halloween Kills

In Retrospect. As things stand, Green could probably make another couple of sequels if he wanted to (the shortcomings of this film certainly chime with its underlying theme of unfinished business). It should probably have been taken to the proverbial woodshed a long time ago. If that isn’t what you signed up for, don’t worry: blood is spilled in all manner of entertaining and inventive ways here, including a shockingly violent scene which brings new meaning to the phrase ‘buzz kill’. They’re initially aided by Myers survivor Tommy Doyle (Anthony…

Ghostface has a new game for a new generation in the Scream trailer

Perhaps the film is just playing its cards close to the vest, or perhaps it’s due to this being the first film in the series not directed by original creator Wes Craven, who passed away in 2015. Scream has been one of the most consistently inventive and creative of the never-ending horror series to come out of the ’90s, a streak it’ll hopefully keep up in this fresh iteration. Scream comes to cinemas in the UK and the US on 14 January, 2022. There’s no trace of the reflexive framework…

Discover the monstrous spectacle of this meta exploitation movie

Meanwhile, both the priest and the audience seem to share a basically racist view of Africa as a place of primitive lust and terror. Discover the monstrous spectacle of this meta exploitation movie Marco Ferreri’s controversial The Ape Woman is a deeply cynical portrayal of masculinity bestialised and femininity reified. He is the one operating the slides at the nunnery, and when he retreats to the kitchen for some food, he meets Maria (Annie Girardot), who has grown up as an abandoned orphan within the convent’s walls, and whose face…

The Last Duel

In 2021, yet another epic drama set in days bygone lands on Lido to gift the audience with a lead star who is falling off the rails. To wit: Sir Ridley Scott’s The Last Duel sees a very blonde Ben Affleck as a very affected Count Pierre d’Alençon. Published 11 Oct 2021 Share this The men cut and pull and grunt, as even single droplets of sweat become sopranos in this overwhelming orchestra that is equal parts numbing and riveting. The portrayal of women? The camera lingers on Marguerite’s contorted…

Nothing Gold Can Stay – In praise of Francis Ford Coppola’s The Outsiders

Nothing Gold Can Stay – In praise of Francis Ford Coppola’s The Outsiders This teenage drama from 1983 is the pinnacle of the director’s career-long obsession with the passage of time. Coppola was compelled to take on a string of modestly-scaled movies where he was very much a director for hire. Maybe it’s this: it’s the kids who need to be paid attention to; for their energy and, rather like Ponyboy and Johnny, for their capacity to dream. These moments might be overly sentimental but they certainly ring true. At…

How The French Connection reinvented the Hollywood cop movie

“In his pursuit of justice, Doyle is a case study of compulsive desire – constantly chasing after somebody, or something, with bipartisan carnage left in his wake.” In Bullitt, Steve McQueen takes us on a 10-minute rollercoaster ride around San Francisco. Share this Words Jarek Kupsc Share this Share this What kind of a man does it take to crack the biggest heroin smuggling operation in New York? From the sniper assassin to the terrorised citizens on a runaway train, this is America on a collision course with itself. But…

The Harder They Fall – first-look review

Across town, another formidable gang is reunited as Buck’s loyal companions, including Cherokee Bill (LaKeith Stanfield) and ‘Treacherous’ Trudy Smith (Regina King), pull off an impressive train heist to free their incarcerated leader, before seeking to regain both money and power. People. This news sends him on a quest for vengeance, rounding up a fearsome gang and forming an unlikely partnership in Bass Reeves (Delroy Lindo), a marshal also hunting Buck. The Harder They Fall is a thrilling feature debut from Jeymes Samuels, redefining the movie western for a modern…

Jeymes Samuel: ‘Movie westerns have lied to us our whole lives’

And then the buildings of New Orleans. The story is fiction but the people existed. Can you talk a bit about your visual influences and the set design? It’s already like a score for Westerns [begins to make Dub noises]. I shot a proof of concept short film called They Die by Dawn, which was my initial foray into the Old West. My set decorator is a man called Martin Whist. I’m in love with pretty much everything this guy does, so it was a joy to work with him.…