Review: Baby Driver

An enjoyable, original heist movie, although with some bumps in the road. A young, unassuming heist getaway driver wants out of the business of crime after falling for a waitress, but his boss and fellow criminals who need his ace driving skills won’t let him go so easily. Baby Driver is the brainchild of writer/director…

Review: Wiener-Dog

Comedy is no more subjective than it is in black comedies. As an anthology experience, we follow one dachshund “Wiener” dog as it moves from one owner to the next by some invisible hand of fate. But each owner has a different story to tell; quirky, lost and disillusioned all of them. Oh, it’s one of these…

Duo Review: Death Race (1975, 2017)

Death Race 2000 (1975) A product of it’s time, Death Race 2000 is something you cannot replicate today. In the heady time of the year 2000, America has become ruled by a dictatorship, spurred on by a financial crash in 1979, and has developed the Transcontinental Road Race, a motorised blood sport inspired by gladitorial…

Review: High-Rise

It is Society Metaphor: The Movie! Doctor Robert Laing is a brain surgeon who moves into a brand new set of advanced high-rise buildings. Little does he know that the people living in his particular building are about to go through social upheaval and class wars similar to the End of Days. Did a horny…

Review: T2 – Trainspotting

More of a nostalgic love letter to an industry shaking movie of the 90s than anything powerful in its own right. Mark Renton, clean of drugs for twenty years, returns to Scotland in a bid to reconnect with his old friends and unsurprisingly finds them all as awkward and deprived as they had always been….

Review: The Room

Like some sick, awful rite of passage for all film critics and film buffs, this is my burden to bear… the infamous “experience” that is The Room. It isn’t long before Johnny will marry Lisa, and while he struggles to get his promotion, he slowly discovers that despite being with her for seven years Lisa…

Review: The Hateful Eight

Tarantino’s eighth directorial piece is a Western that almost didn’t happen, but we should be grateful that it did! John “The Hangman” Ruth has himself a bounty worth ten thousand, but his trip to Red Rock for the execution is thwarted by a blizzard. He and his prisoner must stay at a cabin until the…

Review: Birdman (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)

A film loved by critics and one can see why, but Birdman also had my attention immediately. Unique and darkly humorous, Michael Keaton at his very best. Riggan Thomson is a washed out, down on his luck actor who once had Hollywood fame as the superhero Birdman. Hoping to reignite his life’s significance he writes, directs…

Review: Nightcrawler

Nightcrawler is one of those films that does so much with so little; a meticulous escalation of one character’s desires coupled with a rich subtext of media’s rotten underbelly. Louis Bloom is a nobody. He has no friends, no close family and zero empathy for others. His shallow attempts to give his life meaning begin by…

Review: The Family

A funny, if a little glib, black comedy from one of my favourite directors Luc Besson. Giomatti Manzoni (Robert De Niro) is a husband and father and once respected head of an American mafia clan, only now he and his family find themselves relocated to France under a witness protection scheme. While mafia hitmen look…