"I've made a number of films in my career that are prestigious and important. This isn't one of them". Dog Eat Dog, directed by Paul Schrader (screenplays include Taxi Driver and Raging Bull, director of Blue Collar and Mishima) is a lurid, violent crime thriller starring Willem Dafoe, Nicolas Cage and Christopher Matthew Cook. The… Continue reading Dog Eat Dog (2016)
Phantasm was a low-budget independent horror film from 1979 that had a second life on VHS in the eighties. It’s now been restored by Arrow Video.
It's not surprising that Werner Herzog doesn't own a smartphone but he's made a documentary contemplating the Internet age. Aptly, this UK premiere was followed by a q&a that was broadcast to other cinemas and homes across the country. 'Lo and Behold' starts with the birth of the Internet in 1969, and goes on to explore… Continue reading Lo and Behold: Revieries of the Connected World (2016)
Well I disagree with the Aussie critics on this one. Goldstone, which tonight had its European premiere at the LFF, isn't the masterpiece that some critics proclaim but it does have its moments. Maybe this is because director Ivan Sen is trying to do it all - cinematography (beautiful), editing (competent), music (hackneyed), script (slightly… Continue reading Goldstone (2016)
Very little happens in a Jim Jarmusch film, but that 'very little' is always gently captivating. At this UK premiere, we watched a week in the life of a bus driver called Paterson, his girlfriend Laura and their English bulldog Marvin. Their daily routine and habits, incidents and observations. Small details that you only notice… Continue reading Paterson (2016)
I was looking forward to this the most out of all the London Film Festival titles. It turned out to be wonderful. I loved director Kenneth Lonergan's previous film, Margaret, but it wasn't easy to see. The studio buried it by delaying its release by four years, cut it ruthlessly, gave it no publicity and… Continue reading Manchester by the Sea (2016)
I was privileged to attend the UK premiere of Paul Verhoeven's new film Elle with the amazing Isabelle Huppert. A world away from Total Recall, Showgirls or Robocop, this is a complicated and nuanced character study about a woman who is violently raped by a masked assailant in her own home. How she responds to… Continue reading Elle (2016)