Best of 2017, crime, directors, Movies, Musicals, Reviews, thriller

Edgar Wright’s Baby Driver is pedal-to-the-metal, high velocity entertainment

Fresh from viewing just this morning – so excuse the typos I know are going to be in there – here is my review of Edgar Wright’s glorious new thriller Baby Driver. Strap in. Continue reading

comment, crime, directors, Favourite films, horror, Movies, Uncategorized, Verite film magazine

“John Doe has the upper hand!” In the frame – Se7en

This article was first published in the January 2015 issue of Verite Film Magazine. Before you proceed this was for a running feature called ‘In the frame in which Verite writers wrote about their favorite scenes in movies. This was my one entry in the strand and looks at a scene from near the very end of director David Fincher’s 1995 masterpiece of neo-noir horror, Se7en. If you haven’t seen the movie and you read this, I will personally visit you in the night and force feed you Spam till you burst. Spoilers okay! You have been warned. Continue reading

crime, Reviews, TV

Series recap – London Spy

For Dead Good I reviewed all five episodes of the brilliant BBC drama London Spy. Be warned these are episode recaps as much as reviews and so are chock-full-o-spoilers.

Episode 1 review

Episode 2 review

Episode 3 review

Episode 4 review

Episode 5 review

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Before Sicario, there was Amat Escalante’s Heli – review

Recently I saw Denis Villeneuve’s Sicario, a thriller about a US law enforcement officer’s attempt to break a Mexican drug cartel. The film is terrific, one of this year’s best, and I will tell you more about it nearer its release in a month or so. Sicario is full of suspense, and has the resources and hardware one would expect of a big budget American film, watching it I was reminded of a number of movies, from Zero Dark Thirty to Heat to the Brazilian Elite Squad films. One film that I did not expect to be reminded of was Amat Escalante’s Heli, one of the most brutally depressing and un-Hollywood films I’ve seen in the last few years. So in advance of Sicario’s release, here is my review of Heli from a few year’s back. Continue reading

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Review – A Hard Day

Just noticed that the Korean thriller A Hard Day is available on Amazon Prime Instant, I saw this at last year’s LFF instead of going to see Abel Ferrara’s Pasolini biopic which had a queue out the door (a perfect example of a ‘festival bubble’ film). A Hard Day sadly is not all that great, but I’m still sure I made the right decision. Continue reading

Classics, crime, Favourite films, Movies, Reviews

Favourite films – The Long Goodbye

With the recent release of Paul Thomas Anderson’s Inherent Vice, this seems like as good a time as any to re-post a review I wrote for Chris and Phil Presents last year of Robert Altman’s 1973 neo-noir The Long Goodbye which is a clear influence upon it. Continue reading