Seberg (2020) Film Review

One can never get tired out of the sordid expose' of Hollywood trappings rich with scandalous accounts of freaky sex, over-indulgent drug abuse and alcoholism, the casting couch practices, diversity misrepresentation, seedy payoffs...the

Underwater (2020) – Film Review

"Under the sea. Under the sea. Darling it's better, down where it's wetter, take it from me". Sadly these words don't apply to Kristen Stewart in Underwater. As she is forced to go full Ellen Ripley to save herself and others' lives

Personal Shopper (2016)

Personal Shopper's reputation rightfully precedes it: Not for it's Indie credentials that stem from having French director Olivier Assayas at the helm; not for it's ambiguous (misleading?) title and genre-straddling subject matter, but for…

LFF 2016 – Personal Shopper (2016)

From Johnny Mnemonic (1995) to eXistenZ (1999), the '90s vogue for tactile tech thrillers has now been memeified out of all context, but their warnings against the growth of simulated realities, emotional desensitisation, and the risks of…

CANNES 2016 – A Reflection

Well, that’s it. The films have been unveiled, the awards given out, and now the red carpet is being rolled up. Many veterans of the festival proclaimed this to be the strongest line-up in a number of years, but for this mere novice it…

American Ultra (2015)

Misdirecting a comedy genre-buster What American Ultra first has to recommend it is its stars, Kristen Stewart and Jesse Eisenberg, a combo both obvious and odd (they were together for Adventureland in 2009) -- though this will…

VENICE 2015 – Equals (2015)

Why must the future always be such a drag? If not nuclear apocalypse, it seems we fear civilisation becoming a right wing nut jobs paranoid nightmare, full of supressed emotion, mindless collectivism and a penchant for blandly uniform…

Still Alice (2014)

Well before the 2015 film awards season got up to speed, one winner had already been proclaimed. The early whispers surrounding Julianne Moore’s performance as a University professor struggling to deal with early onset Alzheimer’s continued…